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TNTM: New Ghost Rider joins Spirit of Vengeance

Doctor Strange is putting together a team of the world’s most powerful magic users from throughout all time.  He needs their help to battle a new and extremely powerful villain called the Forgotten.

One of the mystical group he is recruiting is Kushala, aka the Demon Rider.  She had her debut in “Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supremes” #1.

Kushala is more than just a hero from the 1880s Marvel Universe. She is also the Native American incarnation of the Ghost Rider.

“She is a new character of Apache descent,” said series artist Javier Rodriguez.  “My inspiration comes from the tribes of New Mexico. They have a dance that is very powerful on every visual level. That ‘Devil Dance’ aesthetic and the geometric symbols mix perfectly with Kushala’s flaming skull and horse.”

“She is the Ghost Rider of the 1880s,” editor Nick Lowe expands. “She is a Native American woman and she gets really terrifying in Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme when she turns into her Ghost Rider, so we wanted to make sure she had her own unique name as well, so Demon Rider is what we ended up coming up with for that.”
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Kushala is interesting to me for several reasons.  She is an Apache, a sorcerer, a warrior, and a demon from the 19th century. The Spirit of Vengeance is a very Kushala
powerful character.

The only thing keeping it from doling out justice to wrong-doers left and right 24 hours a day is the human host.  The human part of the psyche keeps the unbridled vengeance from becoming an unstoppable force.

You saw this in the World War Hulk story-line the Johnny Blaze part of Ghost Rider forces it to travel to NYC to stop the Hulk from destroying all the super-heroes.  Doctor Strange tells Reed Richards that Ghost Rider’s power is boundless and he is almost godlike.

I also like Kushala because her origin is not from some large metropolitan city on either the East or West Coast.  Far too many of Marvel’s characters hail from the big cities.

It seems as though you can’t walk around the big cities in Marvel without bumping into either a super-hero or super-villain.  A little hint for all you super-villains, if you want to avoid being caught just commit all your crimes in rural America.  Your odds of success go up astronomically.

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TNTM: Doctor Strange / Punisher Magic Bullets

Magic Bullets teams up Doctor Strange and the Punisher

You would be hard pressed to find 2 Marvel Comics characters that are farther apart from each other in every aspect than Doctor Strange and the Punisher.  It only makes sense for them to appear together in a crossover mini-series.

Frank Castle encounters a new kind of mafia threat.  These new players in the organized crime game are using magic to get the upper hand.  The mystical mafia is out of the Punisher’s expertise so he enlists the help of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange.  Will the Punisher start using a little magic? Will Doctor Strange adapt Frank Castle’s kill ’em all, let God sort them out way of thinking?

This isn’t the first time Doctor Strange and the Punisher have worked together.  Back in 2014 the Original Sin story-line saw Doctor Strange possess the Punisher’s body as the Marvel Universe was investigating the death of Uatu the Watcher.  Magic Bullets appears to be much more of a ground level affair.  The premise is the Punisher recruits Doctor Strange to help him with a mob powered by magic putting the Doctor’s Hippocratic Oath to the test.

Here’s the full solicitation information:

DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER: MAGIC BULLETS #1 (of 4)

Written by: JOHN BARBER

Art by: ANDREA BROCCARDO & JASON MUHR

Cover by: MICHAEL WALSH

Variant Cover by: ALEX MALEEV

The team-up to end all team-ups is here, as two of the most different Marvel characters worlds’ collide! What new mafia threat is so great that the Punisher needs Doctor Strange’s help? Find out as the Sorcerer Supreme teams with the One Man War on Crime!
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