The following accommodates main spoilers for Ghost Rider #5, accessible now from Marvel Comics.
When Johnny Blaze first stepped again into the highlight, he may instantly really feel that one thing in his life had gone terribly awry. Before lengthy, a sprawling conspiracy started unraveling which revealed his as soon as idyllic suburban way of life to be nothing greater than a literal Hell on Earth. Even worse, leaving all of it behind wasn’t sufficient for him to shake the demons who hang-out him, particularly not those that made his physique their residence. Now, due to probably the most grotesque exorcism of all time, Johnny is lastly freed from his undesirable darkish passengers, and with that, the Ghost Rider is free to get again on the street with out something to fret about aside from no matter comes subsequent.
After reaching the top of the devilish race often known as Hell’s Backbone and coming face-to-face with the demon Blackheart, Johnny got here to know simply how dire his scenario has actually turn into. Thankfully, he hasn’t been solely alone in his newest journey, and as seen within the pages of Ghost Rider #5 (by Benjamin Percy, Brent Peeples, Bryan Valenza, and VC’s Travis Lanham), it’s none apart from Wolverine who has taken it upon himself to attempt to resolve Johnny’s issues. With a little bit assist courtesy of a Hellfire infusion, Wolverine makes use of his adamantium claws to chop by way of the Ghost Rider and right down to the demon who has embedded itself so deeply inside him.
It is not straightforward, and it definitely is not fairly, however by the point it is over, Johnny Blaze is formally demon free as soon as extra. Or somewhat, he is freed from all of the demons he would not have an express settlement with, which signifies that he and the Ghost Rider not need to maintain secrets and techniques from each other. While Johnny and the Spirit of Vengeance have lengthy had an unstated understanding between them, the previous’s most up-to-date possession all however broke their bond solely, despite the fact that it had been by necessity
As lengthy as Johnny was harboring one among their enemies, the Ghost Rider was pressured to maintain its actions a secret from its host. As such, Johnny was decreased to little greater than a bystander in his personal physique. In between bouts of passing out and waking up damaged, bruised, or bloodied, he discovered himself transported to new places each day, by no means figuring out fairly the place he had come from or was going past the obscure clues left by his different half. Now that that is not the case, nevertheless, Johnny and the Ghost Rider can lastly stand as a united entrance as soon as once more with nothing holding them again or aside.
Considering how tough it was for them to even get this far with out having the ability to correctly talk, it’s arduous to think about the street from right here will not be infinitely simpler than what Johnny and the Ghost Rider have already been by way of. Not having to maintain secrets and techniques is one factor, however having the ability to brazenly change data and concepts is a whole game changer. Especially with the specter of the rising Shadow Country, there has by no means been a greater time for Johnny and the Spirit of Vengeance to correctly reunite.
Of course, the demon who was lower from Johnny’s flesh is not gone, and there’s no doubt that it has simply as a lot of an concept of the place the Ghost Rider is headed subsequent as its former host. Then once more, the truth that the Spirit of Vengeance was protecting a lot from its different half signifies that no matter Johnny was conscious of earlier than his exorcism in all probability wasn’t a lot. With any luck, it will not be sufficient for the Ghost Rider’s new enemies to remain on their path for very lengthy, in any other case, the top of the street could be lots nearer than it seems to be.