Spirits of Vengeance 1 (December 2017)

Spirits of Vengeance #1The world is coming to an end and only this ragtag team of Marvel supernatural characters can stop it. Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider. Blade the Vampire Hunter. Damian Hellstrom the Hellstrom. Satana Hellstrom the scantily clad.

Sadly, Spirits of Vengeance does not read like a tawdry seventies comic (and looks less like one). Instead, it’s just a by-the-numbers setup issue with Johnny searching down Hellstrom. David Baldeon’s art is so slick it’s like he’s doing marketing materials for a Disneyland ride, not an end-of-the-world horror comic.

Writer Victor Gischler keeps it moving–a little too fast, the end is hurried–and tries to get in occasional personality moments. But, in the end, it’s just another bland modern Marvel comic; wish they knew what to do with their supernatural characters. There’s got to be something better than this Vengeance.

CREDITS

War at the Gates of Hell, Part One; writer, Victor Gischler; artist, David Baldeón; colorist, Andres Mossa; letterer, Cory Petit; editor, Chris Robinson; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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