This morning I posted the newest episode of Inner Demons for everyone to download and listen to, and in that episode Brian and I discussed Ghost Rider # 5 from 1973. That issue featured a villain named Roulette attacking Las Vegas and destroying a casino, killing lots of people in the process. We recorded this episode over a week ago, and I had it scheduled in advance for today's release. The episode went live this morning, and I thought nothing else about it when I announced the release here and on the Vengeance Unbound Facebook page.
Obviously, I wasn't considering that Las Vegas had just experienced a mass shooting at a concert on Sunday night that claimed 59 innocent lives. Had we recorded this episode after that incident, our conversation would have certainly been a lot different. When creating material for entertainment, in this instance discussing a comic book that was published 40 years ago, we have no way of accounting for a real life tragedy.
So, if listening to the episode this morning with no warning of the content has made you upset, I absolutely understand. It wasn't until a listener sent me a message saying that it was a little too early to be talking about mass murder in Las Vegas that I even realized how our content was now being viewed a hell of a lot different than normal. If you don't want to listen to that section, skip ahead about 45 minutes to completely bypass our review of Ghost Rider # 5.
Thanks to Jason Hall for pointing this out to me, it certainly wasn't my intention to upset anyone with the content.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Do you get frustrated when the villain you're trying to give your Penance Stare to turns out to be a robot? Do you hold the popular belief that all motorcyclists should be lined up against a wall and shot? Do you ever become angry when you realize your freedom from Hell was all just an elaborate game where you were the witless pawn? Then welcome to our magic floating castle everyone, Inner Demons is back with another new episode! Brian and Chris take a look back at Ghost Rider (1973) # 5, Ghost Rider (1990) # 10, Ghost Rider (2005) # 6, and Ghost Rider 2099 # 8!
Warning: This episode contains talk about a scene of mass death and destruction in Las Vegas, which was recorded before the Las Vegas shooting on 10/1/17. If you do not wish to listen to that section, please skip ahead 37 minutes.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
We've got Spider-Man to the left of us, Spider-Man 2099 to the right, and now we're stuck in the middle with Thor! Inner Demons is back with unlucky episode # 13, and this episode we look at Marvel Team-Up (1972) # 15, The Mighty Thor # 429-430, Ghost Rider (2005) # 5, and Ghost Rider 2099 # 7! This episode was recorded before the news broke of Len Wein's passing, an unfortunate coincidence that this episode featured us looking back at his one time writing Ghost Rider. R.I.P. Mr. Wein.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Hope everyone's ready to cruise around in the back of a Cadillac, because Inner Demons is back with a new episode! Brian and Chris examine Ghost Rider (1973) # 4, Ghost Rider (1990) # 9, Ghost Rider (2005) # 4, and Ghost Rider 2099 # 6. Always remember: flaming skulled stunt biker vigilantes can totally hide behind rocks in the middle of the night and not be seen by dune-buggy driving police officers. That information might save your life some day.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Unzip your pants and let your tentacle appendages loose for the newest episode of Inner Demons, the 'net's best (i.e. only) Ghost Rider podcast! This time Brian and Chris turn a critical eye toward Edge of Venomverse # 3, where Robbie Reyes totally tongue kisses Mr Hyde (spoilers ahoy, of course). Then the classic reviews shine a light on Ghost Rider (1973) # 3, Ghost Rider (1990) # 8, and Ghost Rider (2005) # 3! Finally, stick around 'til the end of the episode for a very special creator interview with a legendary Marvel Comics creator!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
I realize that it's been a while since I've posted any new content, and for that I apologize. I've been taking some time away from blogging/reviewing comics the last few weeks to deal with some personal stuff (not the least of which is impending eye surgery on the 23rd of August, yikes!), so that's why Vengeance Unbound has been relatively quiet of late.
Don't worry, though, because the Inner Demons podcast is still going strong, and in fact we just recorded the 11th episode last night! There's going to be a very cool creator interview in the next ID episode, so everyone be on the lookout for it when it's posted this weekend!
And, just because I don't want to go TOO long without spotlighting something here on the blog, I thought I'd post a few pieces of artwork for everyone to enjoy. These were all covers that had originally been commissioned for publication, but for various reasons never saw the light of day. If this is the first time you're seeing them, awesome! Hope you enjoy!
This first piece of art is from Salvador Larroca from his time as Ghost Rider artist in the mid 1990s. Specifically, this was originally the cover for Ghost Rider (1990) # 65, the conclusion of the "Ghost Rider In Chains" story-arc. That issue's cover (and contents) were altered last minute when the book was drafted into the "Over the Edge" crossover, but the original cover art made its way online. Awesome!
Next comes this piece from Trent Kaniuga, the artist on the Ghost Rider: The Hammer Lane mini-series. This art piece was originally the cover for the follow-up miniseries "Ghost Rider: Redux" that was in the works by "Hammer Lane" creative team Devin Grayson, Kaniuga, and inker Danny Miki. While the series never made it to publication, this fantastic piece of art survived!
Marko Djurdevic was the cover artist during Jason Aaron's run on Ghost Rider in 2008, and this was an unused cover piece by him that was scrapped when the art direction went in a more humorous tone. There are several other unused cover drawings by Djurdevic, all of which can be seen in the Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron Omnibus!
Finally, there's this awesome cover drawing for Spectacular Spider-Man # 207 from 1994, which was originally supposed by a direct tie-in to the "Siege of Darkness" crossover event! When the story content changed and Ghost Rider was dropped as the issue's guest-star, the cover had to be scrapped. Still, it's an awesome piece of artwork!
If anyone has any other unused Ghost Rider cover images they'd like to send my way, please do so and I'll include them here on the blog!
Saturday, August 5, 2017
The tenth episode of Inner Demons comes at you like a flaming chariot pulled by demon horses! Chris and Brian take a critical look back at Marvel Spotlight (1972) # 12, Fantastic Four # 347-349, Ghost Rider (2005) # 2, and Ghost Rider 2099 # 5. Highlights include: the Son of Satan living in a heavy metal album, Ghost Rider as Spider-Man and the Hulk's stern older brother, and Ghost Rider 2099 barbecuing his own human body! Tell me that's not worth the price of admission, folks!
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