Marvel’s Newest Ghost Rider is an Absolute Vampire Killing Machine

Warning: contains spoilers for Midnight Suns #3!Marvel’s newest Ghost Rider, the Spirit Rider, is an absolute vampire-killing machine. In Midnight Suns #2, the team, including the Rider, Blade and Wolverine, were transported to a mysterious dimension by Clea and in issue three, it is revealed to be a dimension of vampires, allowing Spirit Rider to unleash a brutal attack that wipes out the vampires–even impressing Leaves. The issue is on sale now in print and digital.


Spirit Rider’s real name is Kushala, and she first appeared in 2016’s Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supremes #1. A member of the Apache Tribe, Kushala’s family were all killed by army soldiers. Seeking vengeance, Kushala called upon the Creator to give her power, so that she might avenge her people. However, she was bonded with a Spirit of Vengeance instead. Other hosts of the Spirit of Vengeance have had difficulty controlling their Spirits, but Kushala is the exception–making her unique among the Ghost Riders. In order to better understand her curse, she embarked on an intense study of magic, ultimately becoming a Sorcerer Supreme, in addition to being a Ghost Rider. Recently, Kushala traveled to our time and joined the Midnight Suns, a team of horror and magic based heroes. Clea, the current Sorcerer Supreme, saw them as potential threats, and banished them to another dimension–one revealed to be full of vampires.

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The Midnight Suns discover they have been banished to a corner of the Dark Dimension ruled by the vampiric Children of Mhuruuk. The leader prepares to feast on Sister Grimm, but Blade intervenes, telling him that they are “vampires who are dumb enough to live in a cavern full of wood.” He then attacks the leader, staking him through the heart, provoking his minions into action. The Midnight Suns put on a valiant effort against the vampires, but they are on the verge of being overwhelmed. A few of the vampires try to attack Spirit Rider, reasoning that she is unarmed and thus less of a threat. She tells them “appearances can be deceiving” before unleashing a fiery attack that wipes out every single vampire–and even Blade was impressed! The issue was written by Ethan Sacks, illustrated by Luigi Zagaria, colored by Antonio Fabela and lettered by Joe Sabino.

Spirit Rider Puts Blade to Shame.

Marvel’s Newest Ghost Rider is an Absolute Vampire Killing Machine

Being both a Spirit of Vengeance and a Sorcerer Supreme gives Kushala a vast reserve of power to call upon, and she does so in this issue–and proves she just might be one of Marvel’s best vampire killers. Her fiery attack killed every single vampire in proximity in a flash, something Blade has never been able to do. The rest of the Midnight Suns used physical attacks on the vampires, opting for swords or claws–an approach that was clearly not working. Spirit Rider, on the other hand, took advantage of her amazing powers and leveled the playing field for her teammates.

Spirit Rider’s vampire-killing abilities might come in handy for the Marvel Universe in the days to come. Dracula’s Vampire Nation is slowly consolidating its power, and is poised to become a true threat. If it does, Spirit Rider would make a powerful foe, as Midnight Suns #3 shows this new Ghost Rider to be an absolute vampire-killing machine.

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