INTERVIEW: Gischler Promises Real Horror in Marvel's Spirits of Vengeance

The Marvel Universe filled with monsters, both metaphorical and real. And while most of its heroes deal with the former, there are a few concerned with the actual creatures going bump in the night, heroes who willingly charge into the dark corners of the world to seek out and destroy supernatural menaces. Of course, these heroes are often as monstrous or volatile as the things they hunt, so they usually work alone -- but sometimes, large-scale supernatural threats arise and they have no choice, but to band together.

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This October, such a team-up arrives in the form of the five-issue Marvel Legacy miniseries Spirits of Vengeance. Under the guiding eyes of writer Victor Gischler and artist David Baldeon, four supernatural anti-heroes will band together to take on a truly apocalyptic threat. We spoke with Gischler about his cast of characters, the dynamic between them, the threat they'll face, and the series' unique tone.

CBR: It's not the only genre you've written in, but you do have a background in writing horror for both prose and comics. Is that the type of book Spirits of Vengeance will be? And how did it feel to come back to Marvel for this series?


Victor Gischler: It was cool! Axel Alonso kind of gave me a call out of the blue and said, “I think you'd be a good fit for this.” It was nice and exciting to hear that.

I feel like if I only did one genre, I might burn out or get tired of it. So I try to jump around. I don't know if that's good for my career or not, but I guess I have some horror chops. I did a book called Hellbound, which Dark Horse published, and that was nominated for a Bram Stoker award.

Spirits of Vengeance is certainly a horror book. It's playing with horror toys. It's a mainstream book, not a MAX one, so it's not going to go too far, but it is definitely supposed to be gritty and horrifying.


Let's talk about your cast of characters. What do you find especially interesting about the Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider, Blade, and siblings Daimon Hellstrom and Satana?

I'll start with Satana, because I knew she was a character who existed, but I didn't really know a lot about her. I had to go research and brush up on her because I hadn't really read the books that she was in. I felt like I had to do my homework with her, and I have. I also have great editors that keep me on track, so I wasn't too worried about that.

Then, with Johnny Blaze, he was my Ghost Rider growing up, so this feels cool! Getting my hands on the character is like a ten-year-old's dream come true.

Blade is awesome. I worked with him a little bit before when I did my run on X-Men, so I feel good about Blade. I'm excited, because I know he's got a lot of fans. I want to do right by them, and he's just tough and cool. I'm happy to be working with Blade agin.

Hellstrom is interesting because he's “Hellstorm,” but he's also Hellstrom. I don't want to give away too much, but I'm almost a little more interested in Hellstrom, if you see what I'm saying.

I think if you take a look at our cast that's a good team. Those people are all crossing paths with the same sort of villains. I don't want to call them the macabre Avengers, but it's like the team book for Marvel Universe horror. There's a lot of cool potential there.

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