Ghost Rider: Hammer Lane #1-6 (2001-2002)

Johnny Blaze is working in a cubicle farm, tormented by how boring his life is.  When he realizes he’s been there three years, he storms out, rips off his tie, and transforms. We next see him back as Blaze, staggering into a bar. When a woman comes in and says her husband was hit by a truck, Blaze transforms again and wreaks havoc on the driver. 

So, Blaze is back to involuntarily becoming Ghost Rider and being an instrument of vengeance.  That’s certainly my favorite version of Ghost Rider—a source of pure fury—and this one is particularly violent.

This one actually kills his targets.  Roxanne and his kids are dead.  He’s alone and on fire.

Johnny Blaze doesn’t like what’s happening, so he hires a guy named Gunmetal Gray to kill Ghost Rider—and that becomes the through line for the story.

Unfortunately, from here it becomes more of a morality play and ends with Blaze himself realizing Gunmetal Gray is a bad dude and beating him up, which helps him get a biker chick to give him a ride home.

I know a lot of people didn’t like this series, but I thought Trent Kaniuga’s art was different and cool, and I don’t need a lot of magic and conspiracy in my Ghost Rider comics.  The ideas were different and fun, but the ending was very unsatisfying—leading to an uneven experience.  I’m giving this a C-.

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