Covering the first 10 issues of this 90s Ghost Rider series, a young boy named Dan Ketch ends up stumbling across a motorcycle in a junkyard and, when caught in crossfire with his sister, puts his bloodied hand upon the glowing gas cap and turns into the Ghost Rider! All while confused and apprehensive to turning into a Spirit of Vengeance, Danny uses his Ghost Rider persona to put a stop to a man named Deathwatch and his killer-for-hire Blackout and prevent the entire city from being gassed in a deadly toxin! After taking care of that, Ghost Rider contends with Hyde and even has a run-in with the Punisher and teams up to fight Flagsmasher! Scarecrow makes his debut in this series in a chilling tale and Blackout returns along with a separate group of women called HEART to battle Ghost Rider and his uninvited guests, X-Factor! Finally, Ghost Rider must find and stop Zodiak!
These stories give rise to a new Ghost Rider after Johnny Blaze was left in the dust. Danny becomes a wonderful host for the Spirit of Vengeance and Howard Mackie weaves the story to tell how Danny has to live with his comatose sister and his need to change into Ghost Rider and leave his family behind to avenge the innocent. Through the issues, he comes to terms with this but at the possible cost of his relationship. The stories here are quite grim with men, women, and children being brutally slaughtered in several of the issues and sometimes even within the panels shown. The aftermath of a bloody murder scene involving a mother and baby is even present just to show the extent at which these villains will go to achieve their goals. The insane Scarecrow really caught my eye with his mental anguish at wanting another bout with Captain America and his ability to shrug off the Penance Stare. Blackout was a great villain in the beginning but toward the end of the book, he because more crazy and obsessed (and his grotesque face didn't help matters). Deathwatch was interesting and had a neat mask and the two issues involving the Punisher were done flawlessly. The art here by Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira is just plain gorgeous with almost every panel just popping with emotion and detail. A lot of Ghost Rider's panels could be pinups and the detail in some of the close-up shots are amazing. The art is truly fantastic in this book and really drew me into the story even more!
The book itself here is a TPB with a nice cover and extras like pinups and an older TPB cover with a write-up. It's nice to have and the pinups are good although, to be honest, I find the in-comic art even better. The reproduction here had a single blotted error on one page but it was small. Overall, this was a fantastic read and one I will want to read again soon. If you like dark, gritty stories involving a very interesting character, look no further.