The second installment of Spirits of Vengeance was released last week. The miniseries, written by Victor Gischler, illustrated by David Baldeón, with colors by Andres Mossa, picks up exactly where the previous issue left off. The duo of Johnny Blaze and Daimon Hellstrom are investigating the significance of a silver bullet that an angel handed Blaze before dying. All they have surmised so far is the silver could play an important role in the battle between good and evil.
Joining the supernatural pair at the beginning of this story is Blade, as they are conducting more research for their investigation. It seems someone bad knows Blade is in possession of the silver because the crew are soon ambushed by demons. An intense and eye-catching battle ensues with Ghost Rider and Blade dispatching their assailants.
As the first issue was a slow burn, with Blaze and Hellstrom asking questions, this introductory action sequence picks up the pace. In addition, where readers could be frustrated with the ambiguous and cryptic threat that is developing, more clear-cut answers and details are revealed, like the interesting back story of the silver. Also, how the silver is being forged into a weapon that can tip the scales in the never-ending war Heaven and Hell has fought. There is a better idea of the stakes involved and a feeling of urgency is created. Knowing the scope and seriousness of the situation, Hellstrom feels the team needs more help and recruits his sister, Satana, to be the final member.
Once again, the team of Baldeón and Mossa provide good artwork. They fully embrace the occult aspects of the series with the character design creating frightening and fiendish demons, although the cartoonish approach to the human characters can make them appear a little wonky. They also continue to play with the contrasts of light and dark, and this only helps to accentuate the colors of the scenes. For example, Ghost Rider’s flames and chains really jump off the page in his action sequences, while a ghostly and ominous effect is later created through the shading when one of the villains, Razan the Night Jackal, is tying up loose ends.
This second chapter in the Spirits of Vengeance miniseries improved upon the first issue story wise. The pacing is significantly picked up and the threat seems to be fleshed out for the most part. The stage is set so hopefully this will mean more action in the following issues. Seeing the team up between Blade and Ghost Rider in this issue has me eager for bigger and more intense fight scenes with the two of them.
Spirits of Vengeance #2 is currently available from Marvel.