Williams and Clark Talk a New, Female GHOST RIDER - LIVE!

Williams and Clark Talk GHOST RIDER

Update, 1 p.m. eastern: The new Ghost Rider ongoing — starting in June with a Point One issue, followed by a proper #1 in July — will feature a new character wielding the mantle of the Spirit of Vengeance, and this time it's a female, as revealed during Marvel's "Next Big Thing" conference call with the press Thursday.

As revealed in March when the series was initially announced, Johnny Blaze will be offered the Faustian pact of being able to give up the Ghost Rider "curse," but in doing so he'll pass it on to someone he's never met. But that doesn't mean he won't still be a major part of the story.

"He's dealing with guilt, and it's going to come back and bite him on the nose," Williams said. "He's not going to be allowed to just walk away from this. He's going to be brought face-to-face with what he's done."

Blaze will work with the new Ghost Rider, who is a character completely new to the Marvel Universe with no prior connection to Johnny Blaze.

"I like the visual aesthetic. I like the fact that it majorly gave us a different approach," Williams told Newsarama of the motivations for a female Ghost Rider. "It really is as simple as that. I would never claim it's the most original idea in the world, but it does give something new to the Ghost Rider."

Williams said that the ongoing series won't be entirely different in tone from the recently wrapped three-part back-up story he wrote in Amazing Spider-Man, teaming Ghost Rider and Spidey.

"You want it to be a really strong character piece, hopefully it's funny as well," Williams told Newsarama. "It should be funny. It's Ghost Rider, a flaming head on a motorbike. It should be a fun comic to read, and not navel-gazing. I think the tone is pretty similar, I hope."

Series artist Matthew Clark stressed the importance of bringing realism to the character's motorcycle.

"Our female Ghost Rider is going to be riding the latest top-of the-line thing, so I'm giving her a Ducati," Clark said.

A Fear Itself tie-in will bring the new Ghost Rider into conflict with the Red Skull's daughter Sin, one of the primary antagonists in that story. Williams said that he does have "loose plans" for '90s Ghost Rider Danny Ketch, but you won't see that character in the initial arc.

More details on the series can be found by clicking the Cover it Live box below, and don't forget to check out covers and interior pages from Ghost Rider in the "Related Images" gallery up and to the right.

Original Story: It's time for another Marvel "Next Big Thing" conference call with the press, this time starring seemingly ubiquitous Marvel exclusive writer Rob Williams and senior editor Steve Wacker, talking the new Ghost Rider ongoing series debuting in June.

Live coverage? That's below, and don't forget to check out a bunch of new images in the gallery on the right.

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