Credits: Todd McFarlane (artist/writer), Jim Novak (letterer), Gregory Wright (colors)
Summary: Ghost Rider arrives, interrupting Spider-Man’s fight with the Hobgoblin. Spider-Man warns Ghost Rider to watch out for Adam, but he doesn’t seem to listen. During the fight, Ghost Rider knocks Hobgoblin unconscious after he grabs the boy, causing Adam minor injuries. Ghost Rider leaves, ignoring Spider-Man’s lecture on heroism.
Panel Count: Fifty-nine panels. That averages out to less than three panels per page.
Where’s Felix? : For the second issue in a row, I don’t see a Felix.
Review: It’s a big fight issue, although McFarlane tries to add depth with some tacked on messages about true heroism. I appreciate that he’s trying to make the stories about more than the surface-level plot, but this is just too ham-fisted and obvious. I’ve only read a few Ghost Rider comics from this era, but it seems to me like he’s not even in-character. Was Ghost Rider ever one of those anti-heroes who just wanted to massacre villains and didn’t care about the bystanders?
The fight scene’s choreography also leaves a lot to be desired. Most of the page layouts just consist of a page divided in two by giant panels, and the characters often seem to be posing instead of moving. I can’t even make out how the Hobgoblin is defeated, as he just falls over before the Ghost Rider seems to reach him on his motorcycle. (By the way, I haven’t mentioned yet that I always thought remaking the Hobgoblin into a religious freak was a dumb idea, and it only got worse when later writers tried to deal with his new personality.) I will give McFarlane credit for the Hobgoblin’s new glider, which is now a literal goblin made of fire. It looks amazing, and it’s the type of thing the Hobgoblin should’ve been doing with his new powers.