Kushala, aka the Demon Rider, who debuted in “Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supremes” #1 is more than just a hero from the 1880s Marvel Universe; she’s also the Native American incarnation of the Ghost Rider.
“She is a new character of Apache descent,” series artist Javier Rodriguez told ComicBook.com of the character’s origins and design. “My inspiration comes from the tribes of New Mexico. They have a dance that is very powerful on every visual level. That ‘Devil Dance’ aesthetic and the geometric symbols mix perfectly with Kushala’s flaming skull and horse.”
“She is the Ghost Rider of the 1880s,” editor Nick Lowe expands. “She is a Native American woman and she gets really terrifying in Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme when she turns into her Ghost Rider, so we wanted to make sure she had her own unique name as well, so Demon Rider is what we ended up coming up with for that.”
Marvel also released a brief preview of “Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supremes” #3, on sale Dec. 14, which appears to include part of Kushala’s secret origin. Check out part of her origin below, and the rest on ComicBook.
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supremes #3
- Writer: Robbie Thompson
- Penciller: Javier Rodriguez
- Cover Artist: Javier Rodriguez
- One of the Sorcerers Supreme dies at the hands of the Forgotten! The biggest magical threat to the world is on the rise, and none of the Sorcerers have ever felt this weak before!
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