Wolverine/Punisher/Ghost Rider – Hearts of Darkness | Review


Published on Jan 13, 2018


In the early nineties the Marvel dealt with the insistence of the characters of violent, disturbing, and far from heroes solar the sixties. They were characterized by a substantial moral ambiguity that, in every case, made them fascinating in the eyes of the readers. It was the culmination of a trend begun in the previous decade, when authors such as Chris Claremont and Frank Miller had a character that are not free of the attitudes that are questionable.

The Punisher, Wolverine, Elektra, and so on could not be classified on the basis of the simplistic good/bad dichotomy, often killing his opponents and did not hesitate to take the contested decisions. As I wrote, in the early nineties the trend was at its peak and the success of the second version of Ghost Rider had given off a series of comic-book horror starring distressing. Howard Mackie reached the fame, narrating the vicissitudes of a young Danny Ketch, the one who takes on the identity of the Ghost Rider after Johnny Blaze.

The response of the head was caught in the same Marvel and Mackie soon became one of the writers of the tip of the House of Ideas. Panini Comics now, it is in volume two in the one-shot written by Mackie that have characters like Ghost Rider, Wolverine, and the Punisher. In practice, three of the characters with the most aggressive and violent of the Marvel Universe. The first one is Heart of Darkness, focuses on Danny, wandering around the United States, comes at a bed & breakfast seemingly quiet. Here, however, there are two other guests: Logan and Frank Castle.

The presence of the three anti-heroes is not random, and they will soon discover, at their own expense, to be victims of the machinations of the terrible Black Heart, the demonic son of Mephisto, introduced by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr. in a celebrated sequence of Daredevil. Mackie writes a story with pace, action-packed, not very thoughtful, action-packed, and the atmosphere terrifying. It's a commercial work but of a good standard, embellished by the drawings, the twisted John Romita Jr. that produces very good versions of the characters. Ghost Rider and Black Heart are monstrous at the right point (the second looks like a silhouette of a humanoid form made of ink) while Logan and the Punisher evoke aggression and fury of the animal. John Romita Jr., in particular, it gives the best of himself in the fight sequences, and the pages are all enhanced by successful the first plans of setting the film, and sometimes cartoons huge of considerable effectiveness.

Then there is the sequel to Heart of Darkness, called Dark Design, which is always signed by Mackie, which deepens the motivations of the Heart Black. In this case, the author takes over a character that appeared in the first story, the young Lucy, who, however, has a more important role. After his defeat, Black Heart intends to use it in a perverse plan to the detriment of the father, Mephisto, and well, this time, Ghost Rider, Wolverine, and the Punisher will be the match.

There is nothing different compared to Heart of Darkness. Also Dark tip Design on the action and the horror, and it all boils down to an entertainment product without excessive demands. To the drawings, there is Ron Garney, who tries to connect to the style of Romita Jr. and gives us plates engaging and dynamic, proving to be more than suitable for a work of this kind. On the whole, the volume can be interesting for the readers that in a comic strip, just looking for a healthy pastime. From this point of view, the stories work and are furthermore enhanced by the drawings of great quality. However, those who are looking for something more deep, you may be disappointed.

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