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Subj: Reviews of Ghost Racers #'s 1-3
Posted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 at 08:16:00 pm EDT (Viewed 129 times)


Ghost Racers #1:

THE MULTIVERSE WAS DESTROYED!

THE HEROES OF EARTH-616 AND EARTH-1610 WERE POWERLESS TO SAVE IT!

NOW, ALL THAT REMAINS...IS BATTLEWORLD!

A MASSIVE, PATCHWORK PLANET COMPOSED OF THE FRAGMENTS OF WORLDS THAT NO LONGER EXIST, MAINTAINED BY THE IRON WILL OF ITS GOD AND MASTER, VICTOR VON DOOM!

EACH DOMAIN HOLDING ITS OWN MYSTERIES AND ENCHANTMENTS, BUT THIS DOMAIN IS MOST SPECIAL, AS IT IS THE CAPITAL STATE KNOWN AS...

DOOMSTADT


SECRET
WARS



ON ITS OUTSKIRTS IS AN ARENA BUILT TO ENTERTAIN THE MASSES OF BATTLEWORLD: THE KILLISEUM! HERE, GRUESOME GAMES AND EVENTS ABOUND. GLADIATOR FIGHTS! MONSTER SLAYING! EXECUTIONS! BUT NO ATTRACTION IS SO POPULAR, EXCITING OR DANGEROUS AS THE GHOST RACES!!!




The Killiseum. Battleworld's Entertainment Center. Outskirts of Doomstadt.
A large stadium is shown in the evening, lights eminating from it, and the walls on the outside made to look like Dr. Doom's face. Inside the stadium are fans (in their seating area) holding up signs to support certain competitors, such as "Danny," "Alejandra," "Slade," and "Blaze." Another part of the audience is chanting, "RE-YES!" over and over. Within a room under the seats is Roberto Reyes, putting on his gloves and getting into his Ghost Rider car, saying to "do it for Gabe." The crowd continues to chant "RE-YES!", with supervillain Arcade now addressing them on a floating-platform, hovering next to a large video-screen image of himself, and is holding a staff of some kind, with his voice is being projected to the audience by speakers: "Welcome to the KILLISEUM! Home of BATTLEWORLD'S most dangerously thrilling event! They're fast, they're wild, they're SUPER-POWERED and CURSED...and they're ready to entertain you in the stands...in your comfort of your own home...or anywhere you may be on the globe...!!! I am your host, ARCADE...and I present to you our absolutely spectacular, outrageous...GHOST RACERS!" As they crowd now chants, "YEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHH!!", seven half-doors are shown below, each emitting fire. Arcade (continuing): "Let the excitement begin..." The doors burst open, and more fire pushes out. Arcade (continuing): "...NOW!" Onto the race track come many different Ghost Racers (not "Ghost Riders" here), all out to win. Arcade (continuing): "AND THEY'RE OFF! You asked for 'em! You got 'em! Doomstadt Killiseum's own SPIRITS OF IGNITION!" (instead of "Spriits of Vengence"). As the race goes, each GR tries to outdo the other to win. The contestants are: "Roberto 'The Hellcharger' Reyes," "Alejandra 'Nicaraguan Hellfire' Jones," "Carter 'Satan Stomper' Slade," "Johnny Blaze," and "Daniel 'Danny Boy' Ketch." Carter Slade is a centaur, as well. Alejandra almost reaches the end first, but gets shot down by the Killiseum's "Russian Roulette Sniperbot." In the end, Robbie Reyes wins it. Arcade: "And ROBBIE REYES wins AGAIN, ladies and gentlemen. Oooh, this is INCREDIBLE! UNBELIEVABLE! INEXPLICABLE! UN-PRE-DIC-TABLE!!! What an EXPLOSIVE finish to tonight's spectacular GHOST RACES!" Robbie Reyes (in his car): "That was too close, Eli. We ALMOST lost." Eli: "I'm fine with 'almost.' 'Almost' ain't losing. Believe me, kid...I can't afford to lost either..." Electronic voice: "De-spiriting: initiated." Robbie Reyes reverts back to his human form as "fire-sparks" surround him. Eli: "We're in this togeth--" Robbie Reyes: "See you next time...Eli." Robbie steps out of his car, and faces the camera crews and car maintenence guys, surrounded by the crowd, with more fire-sparks all around. Arcade: "And tonight's victor and all-time favorite, ROBERTO 'ROBBIE' REYES, emerges from his infamous battle charger to greet the camera crews!" The other Ghost Riders are also now "de-spirited" with falling "fire-sparks," first showing human Alejandra laying on the groud, hurt. Arcade: "You can observe ALEJANDRA BLAZE and the rest of tonight's losing competitors as they're DE-SPIRITED by Ghost Race officials, turning back into their HUMAN forms!" And Ketch and Blaze, now human again, both appear extremely angry as they're "de-spriited," attacking the studium guards (who have shields and clubs), in protest. Arcade: "Ooohhh! Ho ho! Looks like there's still plenty of spriit to boot left in DANEL KETCH and JOHNATHAN BLAZE...despite the de-spiriting administered just seconds ago!" Slade appears as an old, fragile man, and carries away by the guards. Arcade: "Old man CARTER SLADE remains docile as usual. What an interesting competitor...terrifyingly SAVAGE in Racer mode yet...mysteriously SERENE in human form. Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with tonight's victor..." Down below again, Robbie stands before professional picture-takers, and says some for a reporter with a cameraman (with car specialists spraying foam on the car, for some reason). Reporter: "Robbie Reyes! Once again the winner! wave to the millions of fans across battleworld who's turned in to watch you win...EVERY TIME, it seems...for this WHOLE SEASON! So how does it feel to hold the record for MOST CONSECUTIVE victories by a single competitor in GHOST RACER HISTORY? Pretty amazing." He starts to reply, but is cut off by Ketch, being pulled away with Blaze and the others. Ketch: "REYES! You think you're a hotshot?! You're NOTHING, boy! You're just the flavor of the week. You'll get your turn! I promise you'll suffer the TORTURE we've all had to endure! None of us can escape the curse of the GHOST RACER!"

Club Jekyll & Hyde, Doomstadt Boulevard, Hollowuud; 11:32pm.
The front of the club, in lights, says "Reyes Tonight!" Under that is its own club-lightened logo. The place is packed with fans, and Robbie asks the club-guard to give him a few more minutes. Inside, he watches some videos of himself as a Ghost Racer with his younger brother, Gabriel. Gabe seems to really look up to his older brother. The videos they watch are a "Greatest Hits" of Robbie, talking about how he doesn't lose and is a fan-favorite. Aside from being shown to take on the other Ghost Racers, we also seem him take on others, such as: multiple "Venoms," "Sentinels," and Sabertooth. After seeing it all, Gabe gives Robbie a big hug, calling him his hero. Robbie, happy, now says he has to now go out and face his crowd.

Post Event. The Killiseum. 12am.
Inside a room within the Killiseum is shown to be a massive torture room. Inside are: Arcade, Zadkiel, and the four Ghost Racers from before, in human form still, all strapped to the brick walls. Rusty meat hooks hang down; a chainsaw machine is nearby, and there're blood splatteres everywhere. Arcade (to the four): "Shoulda ran faster...shoulda hit harder...but now yer back down HERE...in the DUNGEON. About to pay the price for your INCOMPETENCE. The price for your LOSS. Zadkiel. My guardian angel. You know the drill. Give it a li'l more juice this time. Let's see if we can get a li'l more action an' excitement outta these flaming bums next time they hit the track." Alejandra: "I swear I"ll kill you, you b*stard! I'll RIP your #$%^& EYES out!" Arcade: "Save that energy, sweetheart. You're gonna need it." Two large doors open behind him, and he steps out. As the door closes, he can hear the four' s screams of pain. Arcade talks over a phone-like radio with some cockroach-like alien-thing about the race stats. Alien-Thing (appearing to be using a regular phone, and sits on a hover-chair in front of a large panel with buttons and screens and everythin): "And that's about it, Yessir. That's the latest as of today's Ghost Races. That's right. The ODDS in his favor have never been HIGHER. They couldn't be better if all-knownig GOD DOOM himself was on his side." Arcade then turns off the device. For a brief second, we see Robbie and Gabe again, the latter asking what would happen if he doesn't win, and Robbie assures him it won't happen. Back with Arcade again: sitting on a counch in what I guess is his apartment. Arcade (talking to himself): "You're GOOD, Robbie Reyes. Too good for your OWN good...and especially good for ME. So good, in fact, that you're gonna make this very rich man...even RICHER...when you NEVER see the finish line again."

TO BE
CONTINUED...



Comments: Nice starter-story. Looking forward to what comes next with Ghost Rider 2099, as I know he apepars in this series at some point.










Ghost Racers #2:

THE MULTIVERSE WAS DESTROYED!

THE HEROES OF EARTH-616 AND EARTH-1610 WERE POWERLESS TO SAVE IT!

NOW, ALL THAT REMAINS...IS BATTLEWORLD!

A MASSIVE, PATCHWORK PLANET COMPOSED OF THE FRAGMENTS OF WORLDS THAT NO LONGER EXIST, MAINTAINED BY THE IRON WILL OF ITS GOD AND MASTER, VICTOR VON DOOM!

EACH DOMAIN HOLDING ITS OWN MYSTERIES AND ENCHANTMENTS, BUT THIS DOMAIN IS MOST SPECIAL, AS IT IS THE CAPITAL STATE KNOWN AS...

DOOMSTADT


SECRET
WARS



ON ITS OUTSKIRTS IS AN ARENA BUILT TO ENTERTAIN THE MASSES OF BATTLEWORLD: THE KILLISEUM! HERE, GRUESOME GAMES AND EVENTS ABOUND. GLADIATOR FIGHTS! MONSTER SLAYING! EXECUTIONS! BUT NO ATTRACTION IS SO POPULAR, EXCITING OR DANGEROUS AS THE GHOST RACES!!!




Club Jekyll & Hyde. Doomstadt Blvd., Hollywudd.
Robbie sits with his younger brother Gabe, talking with him. Gabe asks him when he'll stop racing, if he'll get to retire later, because he heard rumors about what happens to losing racers. Robbie convinces him it's just a myth. Gabe says it's his fault, and that he's sorry. Robbie tells him no need to be sorry, and that things are better like this.

Flashback: Many Races Ago. Doomrock Heights, South Doomstadt.
Both Robbie and Gabe sit on the steps to some apartment building. Gabe comments on how hot it is, and how Robbie nevr complains about it. After noticing a nearby car he says he'd love to race in, three of his friends show up. They all stand around, chatting, and three girls walk by. One of Robbie's friends convinces him to talk to one who looked at him, and he does. He makes small talk, then Gabe opens up the side of a fire hydrant, with the nearby neighborhood kids taking to it. Suddenly, what I'm guessing is some Doom-Sentinel acting as a police offier, appears out of nowhere: "ATTENTION, CITIZENS OF DOOMSTADT: UNDER ARTICLE F3L-IP3 OF THE LAW OF GOD DOOM, YOU'VE ENGAGED IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY BY TAMPERING WITH WITH DOOMSTADT PROPERTY AND ARE THEREFORE PUNISHABLE BY SAID LAW." The DS reaches for Gabe, but Robbie steps in, saying he was the one who did it, and to leave his brother alone. The DS scans Robbie (internal analysis): "Alert. Arrest override. New Directive: Apprehend Subject Reyes, Roberto R." It this sees some kind of infrared image of him, showing a flaming skull. DS (internal analysis): "WARNING. IGNITER SPIRIT DETECED." DS (out loud again): "Calling on-duty peace officers." Two Thor-variations arrive on the scene (one a human, the other a frog, wanting to capture Robbie. Robbie and Gabe don't understand what's happening now. The DS picks up Robbie, and his three friends. and takes off with them. Gabe is below crying for his brother.

Still Flashback: Doomstadt Coliseum.
Robbie is in a dungeon cell, with Zadkiel, Arcade, and two Thors talking on the outside. Robbie says he doesn't understand why he's here. Human Thor (pointing at him): "GHOST RACER! Hold thine tongue and ready thy aberrant soul for IGNITION...thou foul desecrator of all that is lawful and just in the world of LORD DOOM." Zadkiel: "Arcade, this one's DIFFERENT." Arcade: "How so?" Zadkiel: "His SPIRIT OF IGNITION...I've seen nothing like it...it draws it's power from a DIFFERENT SOURCE. He's not like the others." Arcade: "Well, Zadkiel...all that SPIRIT C*AP is your business. Different or not...as long as he makes a HELL OF RACER, I don't give a da*n!" Points to Robbie: "And YOU! Get ready for the main event, young man! It's showtime!" Robbie continues to yell at them about being the wrong guy, but they now walk out the nearby door. Robbie looks around in his cell to see: Daniel Ketch, Zero Cochrane, some little person, and Alejandra in their human forms. Ketch: "We're ALL sinners in here, Buttercup. You're no better than any one of us. So MAN UP...and for Doom's sake...SHUT UP, already." Alejandra: "Kid's gonna roast HARD today. Gonna wish he was never BORN." Little person: "Heya, toots. Yer all fit to burn on the spit, 'cause I"m a-winnin'. Hear me loud and clear, ya see! Myeehh." Alejandra: "KNUCKLES O'SHAUGHNESSY. You're the worse Ghost Racer in history. You suck."

Still Flashback: The Ghost Races. Garage #04:
Robbie talks to himself, while looking over his given "ghost car": "An armored BATTLE CHARGER?! This CAN'T be happening to me... Unknown Voice: "Quit lookin' at it and get in already, Kid." Robbie gets inside the driver's seat, inspecting the buttons next to the steering wheel: "HEY! Hello! Where's the radio on this thing?...Whoever said that...LISTEN to me! You've made a huge MISTAKE! I'm NOT a Ghost Racer! I DON'T have POWERS! I'm gonna DIE out there!" Voice: "There's been no mistake, boy...and stop looking for a radio on the dash...it's me, the VOICE IN YOUR HEAD...The one you've been ignoring for so many years." Robbie: "?" Voice: "No, you're not crazy, and YES, you do have POWER, Robbie. I AM that power. I'm your Igniter Spirit, but you can call me "Eli." Robbie: "Wh--! I...no...it can't be true..." Eli: "You know it CAN. You know it is, kid. Deep inside...you've known all along." Outside radio voice: "RACER. PREPARE FOR IGNITION." Eli: "No time for long chats, get your head in the race, Robbie. It's about to get hot." Outside radio voice: "SPARK YOUR ENGINES." "Fire" now starts emitting from Robbie's eyes, mouth, and head: Ahh-haah..." Outside radio voice: "SPIRITS SET." Robbie then fully transforms into his Ghost Racer persona for the first time. Outside radio voice: "IGNITION, GO!" Robbie: "HIIYAAAAAARRRR!!! He then takes off into the race, competing against four others: Ketch, Cochrane, Alejandra, and O'Shaughnessy. Robbie: "AAAGHH!!! PLEASE! Make it sto-p!!? Eli: Dam*it, Robbie. Focus. Snap out of it and step on the gas." Zero/GR is shown with a chainsaw on the front of his bike, and uses it to damage Ketch's bike. O'Shaughnessy also crashes into Alejandra. Eli: "Judging by now desperately the rest of these spirits are moving...I don't think we want to lose this race...LET'S MOVE!" Zero/GR then pulls out a wrist-chainsaw, and cuts through Robbie's engine. Arcade (over communication to the audience again): "WOOOH!! Ladies and Gentlemen! It looks like our GHOST RACERS are giving newcomer, ROBERTO R. REYES, a hell of a WELCOME PARTY!" Robbie then crases into a wall. Arcade: "Ohh!! Beginner's luck was NOT a part of the equation for RACER REYES tonight! Better luck NEXT TIME, pal!" We now see Alejandra finishing first, followed by Ketch, then Zero. Arcade: "And we have our WINNER, Ghost Racer fans! ALEJANDRA BLAZE, a.k.a. The Black Magic Menace, takes it this time...followed VERY CLOSELY by what we can imagine is a very upset DANIEL KETCH!" Ketch: "NOOOOOOO!" They're all de-spririted, and Zero and Ketch fight the guards again, with O'Shaughnessy begging for mercy. Arcade: "Our racers have now been despirited by CHIEF ZADKIEL, our GHOST RACE head of SAFETY and SECURITY, marking the end of yet another successful event!" Ketch: "AAAAAGHH!! DA*MIT! I'll kill you!" Zero: "HRRRRGG!" O'Shaughnessy: "NO, no, no! Mercy! MERCY!! I beg you! LET ME BE!!" The guard also carry Robbie off by the arms. Arcade: "I'm ARCADE, and on behaf of the GHOST RACER FEDERATION...good night. Drive safe. And always BUCKLE UP!" Robbie: "Wh--? Where...are you taking me?" Eil: "Robbie...this isn't good."

Back in the dungeon room shown in last issue:
O'Shaughnessy, Ketch, Zero, and Robbie are all stringed up on vertical boards, their arms and legs strapped to them. All are screaming in pain: Robbie's getting electrically drilled in the chest, Ketch has fire-chains hooked up to his stomach/chest, O'Shaughnessy is getting shot, and Zero is getting green-acid poured on him, dissolving his body." Robbie: "HGG-H-AAAAAAHH!!!" Robbie (internally to Eli): "Why are they DOING this to us?!" Eli: "Motivation to win the next race." Robbie (internally to Eli): "IT'S NOT...GGH...RIGHT!!!" Robbie: "GAHHHH!!" Eli: "Clearly. Here's the deal, Robbie...YOU make sure we NEVER LOSE AGAIN...and I'll find a way to get us OUT of this HELLHOLE."


Club Jekyll & Hyde. Now, nothing but consecutive race victories later.
Robbie continues to assure Gabe that nothing is wrong with the Ghost Races. Gabe replies it's because of his brother, and that he'd be too scared to race. Gabe then asks him what became of their three arrested friends, and if they became Ghost Racers. Robbie is unsure how to respond, but Gabe seems to assure himself that they're probably training to race too, in their circuit. Robbie has a worried look on his face.

The Killiseum.
Arcade's cockroach friend again, radioing to Arcade about why he wants to bet against Robbie winning. Arcade tells him to shut up and just do the bet for 5.2 on it. He hangs up on him, then turns to Zadkiel: "Zadkiel. Once again. Reyes can BY NO MEANS win the race tonight. I've got some tricks up my sleeve, but they'll be a mere diversion. I want you to DE-SPIRIT him BEFORE he crosses the finish line. SHUT DOWN his da*n IGNITER SPIRIT if you must." Zadkiel: "Understood. But...I have TOLD YOU before, the boy draws his powers from a different source. It's becoming harder to control him. His igni--" Arcade: "And I've TOLD YOU, 'that spirit crap is YOUR business," Zadkiel. Handle it however you see fit, chief...but Reyes CANNOT win tonight."

That night, at the Killiseum:
Arcade addresses the audience again, with the floating-platform and everything: "Ladies and Gentlemen! Welcome once again to the GHOST RACES!! Battleworld's premier entertainment extravaganza!!" Zadkiel is shown hovering next to Arcade. Arcade: "I'm your host, ARCADE! And next to me, donning the most SPLENDED CAPE...and the power to CONTROL THE BEASTS we are about to unleash on the TRACK...He's our Ghost Race federation's own chief of securty and safety...ZADKIEL the GUARDIAN ANGEL!" The racers are then released, Robbie taking the lead, as usual (the rest I don't recognize). Arcade: "AND THEY'RE OFF. Marking the beginning of yet another ELECTRIFYING Killiseum Ghost Race, folks!" Robbie approaches some large Frankenstein monster on the track. Eli: "Heads up, Robbie." Robbie: "I see it. But what's a Class-3 mutoid doing so close to the starting line. That's weird. Anyway, I got this." He then activates his gun on the top of his car. Robbie: "I'll cut it down with a quick round." The monster turns to them, and it appears to be a three-headed monstrosity. Eli: "Ernie...Guero...Romero..." All three heads spit gibberish. Robbie: "NO! What did...the B*STARDS do to you?!" Arcade (internal): "Ha ha. Find those FACES familiar, do you, Reyes?" Arcade: "Undisputed champ, ROBBIE REYES, seems to be in REAL TROUBLE!" Robbie swerves around and out of the way of it: "My Doom! LOOK at them! ELI! It's not right! They've gone too far!" A missle-carrier pops out of the ground in front of the monster, fires one missle and obliterates it. Robbie: "NOOOOO!! They killed them! They killed GUERO--! THEY KILLED MY FRIENDS! ELI! Remember when you said you'd get us out of this hellhole?" Eli: "Yup." Suddenly, a female biker enters the race on her own motorcycle, and starts chopping away at the other contestants. Arcade: "Uh-oh! RACER REYES better do something pronto! And you guessed right, Ghost Racer fans! VENUS COMPILER, the 'RACETRACK REAPER'...'GAMBLER'S RUIN' herself...has been deployed to even the odds! Her sole objective now: Eliminate Ghost Racer, ROBBIE R. REYES!" All that're left on the track are Venus and Robbie, and she's on his tail. Robbie: "Well, NOW would be the right time!" Arcade: "And the fans in the stands go WILD!" Robbie: "Get us OUT of here, Eli!" She starts shooting blasts at him. Robbie: "ELI! RGHH! I don't think we're gonna make it!" Eli: "Relax, kid. I've got this. Just hold the wheel straight no matter what, okay?" Robbie spins the car to avoid the blasts: "IEAAGHH!! Eli, HURRY!" Arcade (to himself): "Heh heh. You're done, Reyes." Robbie straightens out on the track again, with a portal opening up in front. Robbie: "Eli, WHAT THE--?!" Eli: "So long, SUCKERS!" Both go through the portal, then it closes. Arcade (privately to Zadkiel): "What?! Zadkiel! Where did he GO?! WHERE IS HE?!!" Zadkiel (privately to Arcade): "I...I don't...I can't...I can't sense him. He's not in the arena." Arcade (privately to Zadkiel): "I don't get my money if he disapperars, DOOMIT! FIND HIM! DO WHATEVER IT TAKES!! AND DO IT NOW!!" Zadkiel: "Very well." He then calls forth the spirited Ghost Racers: Zero, Slade, Vengence, Ketch, Alejandra, and some monkey GR. Arcade: "Sic our BEST GHOST RACERS on him! ALL OF THEM!!! I want Reyes' flaming head on a stake!" The five named ones from before, and a mostly red one, all take off after Robbie.

TO BE CONTINUED...



Comments: Really getting into this story. Not sure how I feel about this incarnation of GR 2099, though. He wasn't a big and buff human originally, before becoming GR (but could make himself smaller and present a hologram around himself to look like his human form, when he needed to), and the muzzle makes no sense; he's also not electric like that, just a Terminator-like robot (with "buff" wiring) with the digitized soul of a anticorp biker gang downloaded into him, and with an actual mouth, no shades, and a hologram flaming skull. We seem him dissolved by acid in human form, but is ok later as GR again? Perhaps he's still all robot, and the human mode is still a hologram, the acid having no effect on GR, but can still hurt his robo body? Can only hope, I guess. And I would have preferred the old bike, with the cyberpunk graffiti on it, not a chainsaw version like this, but it does have a USA flag on it at least, like the original. Why all the differences between here and in the original comics?










Ghost Racers #3:

THE MULTIVERSE WAS DESTROYED!

THE HEROES OF EARTH-616 AND EARTH-1610 WERE POWERLESS TO SAVE IT!

NOW, ALL THAT REMAINS...IS BATTLEWORLD!

A MASSIVE, PATCHWORK PLANET COMPOSED OF THE FRAGMENTS OF WORLDS THAT NO LONGER EXIST, MAINTAINED BY THE IRON WILL OF ITS GOD AND MASTER, VICTOR VON DOOM!

EACH DOMAIN HOLDING ITS OWN MYSTERIES AND ENCHANTMENTS, BUT THIS DOMAIN IS MOST SPECIAL, AS IT IS THE CAPITAL STATE KNOWN AS...

DOOMSTADT


SECRET
WARS



ON ITS OUTSKIRTS IS AN ARENA BUILT TO ENTERTAIN THE MASSES OF BATTLEWORLD: THE KILLISEUM! HERE, GRUESOME GAMES AND EVENTS ABOUND. GLADIATOR FIGHTS! MONSTER SLAYING! EXECUTIONS! BUT NO ATTRACTION IS SO POPULAR, EXCITING OR DANGEROUS AS THE GHOST RACES!!!




The Doomrock Heights Projects. South Doomstadt.
Gabe watches the race from the end of last issue on TV, and his shocked to see his brother disappear into the portal.

Romeo Drive Commfercial District. Downtown Doomstadt.
On the highway, a portal opens up, and out comes Robbie and car, against traffic. Robbie: "AAAAGHHH!" Eli: "Calm DOWN and hold the wheel STRAIGHT, Robbie. Heads UP, boy!" Robbie: "AAAAAGHH!" Eli: "INCOMING a 12 O'clock." Robbie swerves out of the way of an approaching truck, and other approaching cars. He then swerves into an alley, stops and steps out, getting de-spirited with the "fire-sparks" all around. Robbie: "Hah!! AAGHH! Where ARE we, Eli?!! Are we all the way out in C-TOWN? How'd we do it? Eli: "'We'?" Heh! That was all ME, boy." Robbie: "But how? How did you avoid getting dispirited by CHIEF ZADKIEL?" Eli: "I ain't got the FOGGIEST, kid. What I do know...I'm not like the other IGNITER SPIRITS...and, unlike them, I'm no longer susceptible to ZADKIEL'S powers. It's why we've won EVERY single d*mn race since our first one. I've got no idea why...but I can SENSE Zadkiel's moves before he makes them." Robbie's car fires up. Eli: "Let's go, Robbie. Hop in. Let's keep it moving." Robbie: And drive around like nothing happened? Like we didn't just TELEPORT out of a Ghost Race...and become GOD DOOM FUGITIVES?! We're in a fully weaponized BATTLE CHARGER, Eli! The THOR POLICE will make us from a mile awa--" Eli then changes the car to look like a more common one on the road. Robbie: "Whoa..." As they drive, the Thor Police don't notice them. Robbie suggests going back to his house, get Gabe, and take off out of Doomstadt city limits. Eli: "DOOMIT, Robbie." Robbie: "What? Did the THORS spot us?" Eli: "No. Those AIRBORNE PORKERS were never a concern...but we took to LONG, spoke too soon..." The Ghost Racers from the end of last issue all materialize behind Robbie. Eli: "...and now we've got COMPANY..." Alejandra: "There he is!" Vengence: "DEMOLISH HIM!" Robbie dodges a laserblast from Vengence, and Slade shoots him with his guns. Eil: "Robbie! Shaken 'em off, already!" Robbie: "I'm TRYING!" Vengence (to Zero): "Let's clip this bird's wings, Zero." Alejandra: "MAKE WAY, YOU TWO! HE'S MINE!" Vengence: "You got it." She comes up right behind Robbie, who tries to shoot her down with his back car gun. She dodges by flipping in the air and lands on top of his car: "EAT #$%^, REYES!" She digs into his hood some, then drives back off. The car is heavily damaged. Robbie: "HIYAAAARRR!!!" Ketch and Zero then ram both their bikes into the car, destroying it. Robbie: "HUUROOOOAAA!!" Eli; "Make a move, Kid!" Slade then back-kicks the wrecked car, and Robbie jumps out (holding a crowbar-type item) just before it's final explosion as Ketch laserblasts it to pieces. That unknown GR prepares to come down on Robbie: "GUUUROOO--" Eli: "Ba*tards." That GR knocks him into the ground. Eli: "ARGH!" Robbie: "HIIYYAAAARR!!" Eli: "You cowardly, dung-flinging piece of %^&* MONKEY!!" Robbie now holds the crowbar, but has a chain attached to the bottom, and uses it to bat the unknown GR: "LISTEN! Let's not do this! I DON'T want to fight you!" Alejandra, now of her bike, jumpkicks Robbie in the face: "It ain't about what YOU want...pretty boy...it's about what LORD ZADKIEL commands." She then hits him with some other kind of hand-held device: "He commands that we FIGHT you...that we HURT you." She goes into a pose, like she's about to do something else: "That we BREAK you...and forever EXTINGUISH you." Wasps fly out of her mouth: "HYYRAAAAAAAHH!!!" Robbie (spinning his crowbar/chain thing): "Stop this, Alejandra!! We're NOT enemies!" He then uses the spinning to block her mouth's wasp/laser-blast: "We're all the same! We're SPIRITS OF IGNITION, God Doomit! We've done nothing wrong...yet we're PUNISHED and TORTURED daily by the SYSTEM..." The wasps are then redirected back to Alejandra and the others. Ketch: "GAAHH!" The wasps then dart towards Slade. Robbie: "...for a crime we don't COMPREHEND!" Eli: "Don't try to REASON with these idiots! You're gonna get us KILLED!" A lot of them ram into his face, revealing a kind of white-skull that's all that's left, and seems to be following what Robbie is saying. Eli: "Let's teleport the hell outta here, kid!" Robbie stands before another portal (which Eli must have just setup), facing the others: "No, Eli! NO MORE RUNNING! We've ALL gotta make sense of this! I'm not the enemy! ZADKIEL'S the enemy!" Slade: "GRRRRRR" Robbie: "YOUR enemy! MY enemy! I REFUSE to fight you! My guard..." Slade then eye-blasts him in a kind of energy-wave. Robbie: "...is down--" Eli: "Robbie! What have you done! You IDIOT!" Robbie: "AAAAGHHKK!" Unknown GR: "HU-ROOOARGH!!" Vengence: "Say goodbye to suffering, Reyes! And say hello do DEATH!!" Robbie: "HAAAAAAA" Slade then pushes the others aside: "GURRRROOOOOREGHH!" Alejandra: "SLADE! What are you DOING?!!" Robbie (still aloft in the air, due to the blasts): "HRRGGG!" He then falls unconscious to the ground, and Slade reverts to his human-form with the "fire-sparks": "Enough! RGHH...AHH...He speaks the TRUTH. The boy is NOT our enemy. Though his power source is NOT akin to ours...and is rather UNSETTLING...his SOUL remains PURE. Reyes means well." The other five also go back to their actual forms, "fire-sparks" all around. Slade: "We are being punished by a force outside of our control. Alejandra: "Slade is right. I...I remember..." She recalls sitting on a tree branch in some forest. Zero: "Life..." He recalls playing video games with his girlfriend, with punk-posters on the walls. Ketch: "...before..." Ketch recalls travelling with a motorcycle gang. Badilino (Vengence): "...the..." Badilino recalls playing in the back yard with his kids. Unknown GR (monkey): "...Ooh oough!" (translated: "...damned GHOST RACES.") He recalls living in the wild. Robbie: "Yeah." He recalls playing in the street with his friends as a kid. Ketch and Alejandra help Robbie up. Ketch: "On your feet, Buttercup." Alejandra: "Go on. Get out of here." Robbie: "But what about you?" What about ZADKIEL?" Alejandra: "Quit asking so many questions and GO ON, already!" Robbie gets back inside the now somehow-fixed car of his, now disguising itself in the form it was last, and takes off. Ketch: "Tsk. Poor kid doesn't stand a CHANCE." Slade: "Neither do WE." Suddenly, from behind them comes smoke and fire, then the image of Zadkiel. Ketch: "Oh, boy." Zadkiel: "SPIRITS OF IGNITION!! RETURN TO ME, AT ONCE!!!" They'll all transformed back to the GR forms, and travel back to the Killiseum. Zadkiel: "YOU WILL PAY DEARLY FOR YOUR TREACHERY!!"

Doomstadt Killiseum: Proud home of your favorite Ghost Racers.
The Racers are all being tortured again, getting electric shocks while strapped to vertical stands, screaming in pain; the monkey one is nowhere to be seen, just the five others. Zadkiel: "I do not understand how it happened, Arcade...but, as DOOM is my witness, I'll see that they all suffer. Arcade. My senses seldom fail me...and I sense that, for some reason, you're at ease. PLEASED, even. Are you not concerned about REYES' escape?" Arcade: "No, Zadkiel...my archangel of death...Reyes has NOT escaped nor is he out of my reach. Quite CONTRARILY...the young man is RIGHT where I WANT HIM--"


Doomstadt Heights, South Doomstadt.
Robbie arrives at his apartment home as fast as he could. He yells to Gabe to get ready to leave, but gets no answer, nor is he anywhere to be seen. He knocks on the neighbor's door, as is the girl from the flashback in issue #2 who appears there. Her name is said to be Lisa. He asks her if she or anyone else has seen Gabe there, and she says no. Just then, he sees something startling on the TV in Lisa's apartment, behind her. Voice from TV: "Ghost Racers fans! The highlight of tonight's event is a BRAND NEW CONSTESTANT!" Robbie yells, "No! NO!" as he runs to the TV screen. Voice from TV: "Hailing from Doomrock Heights...at only 13 years of age...he's the YOUNGEST RACER IN KILLISEUM HISTORY!" Robbie: "No no no no..." TV Voice: "The young BROTHER of none other than our record-breaking EX-CHAMPION and current FUGITIVE FELON himself, Roberto R. Reyes!" Robbie: "no..." Gabe is in some kind of large-wheeled motor-vehicle of some kind, "fire-sparks" coming down at the same time. TV Voice: "Ladies and Gentlemen! Say hello to this bright new igniter! Say hello to...GABRIEL REYES!" Gabe gets a closer-up shot and appears to be scared and crying. Robbie: "NOOOOOOO!"

TO BE CONTINUED...



Comments: Story's getting better. My comments on the used GR 2099 are the same.

Next: Secret Wars #'s 1-5 (of 8), and then, Ghost Racers #4.














Other definite/possible 2099-related appearances:


September 16th: Secret Wars Journal #5 (of 5):
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=JUL150732

September 30th: Ghost Racers #4:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=JUL150728

October 7th: Secret Wars #6 (of 8):
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=JUN150680

October 7th: All New All Different Point One #1:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150692

October 7th: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150700

October 7th: Contest of Champions #1:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150731

October 14th: Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #1:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150814

October 14th: Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #1 by Mattina Poster
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150924

October 21st: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #2:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150712

October 28th: Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #2:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150818

October 28th: Secret Wars #7 (of 8):
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=JUL150718

November 4th: Contest of Champions #2:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=SEP150803

November 11th: Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #3:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=SEP150818

November 11th: Web Warriors #1:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=SEP150677

November 11th: Secret Wars HC:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150873

November 18th: Secret Wars Too #1:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=SEP150794

November 18th: Secret Wars 2099 TP
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150880

November 25th: Secret Wars #8 (of 8):
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=AUG150653

November 25th: Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man: Spider-Verse #1 (of 4):
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=SEP150844

December 9th: Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #4:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150856

December 9th: Contest of Champions #3:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150921

Decemger 16th: Web Warriors #2:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150873

December 23rd: Future Imperfect TP Warzones:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150973

December 23rd: Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man Spider-Verse #2 (of 4):
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150951

December 23rd: Secret Wars #9 (of 9):
Link w/ SPOILERS
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150729

December 30th: Ghost Racers TP:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150971

January 6th: Amazing Spider-Man HC Vol. 1:
Link w/ SPOILERS:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150969

April 6th: Amazing Spider-man HC Vol. 2:
Link w/ Spoilers:
http://www.previewsworld.com/Home/1/1/71/918?stockItemID=OCT150970













List of all current issues of Secret Wars 2099: #'s 1-5 (of 5)

List of all current issues of S-Man Vol. 2: #'s 1-12

List of all SSM/ASM/etc.-issues with S-Man:
ASM (Vol. 3) #1, 9-15 (#13 also Wamester Animation SV Variant Cover & Larroca Welcome Home Variant Cover)
SSM #'s 17-19, 23, 27.NOW-31
SSMTU #'s 5, 7 & 11
SV #1 (of 2) (Cover only)
SV #2 (of 2)
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors #1 (Cover & inner-cover only)
All-New X-Men Vol. 1 #1
All-New X-Factor #20
Spider-Woman Vol. 5 #4

(Other Spider-Verse-related comics and Web Warriors comic have possible S-Man appearances)

List of all Doom 2099 appearances:
Uncanny Avengers Vol. 1 #'s 14, & 18.NOW-22 (Vol. 2 doubtful of Doom appearances)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcXoAt2ZqGw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75OE2AUBsy0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fIsvitdetc

List of all Spidey 2211 appearances:
ASM Vol. 3 #'s 10-11

List of all X-Men 2099 appearances:
Uncanny X-Men Annual Vol. 3 #1

List of all Iron Man 2099 appearances:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTC3PK33SKU
Iron Man: Armored Adventures season 2 episode 18 "Iron Man 2099" (on Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 2 Vol. 3 DVD set (see www.dvdpricesearch.com for a good price))
Secret Wars 2099 #'s 1-5 (of 5)

List of all Punisher 2099 appearances:
S-Man Vol. 2 #7

List of all Strange 2099 appearances:
S-Man Vol. 2 #9-10, Secret Wars 2099 #'s 2-5 (of 5)

List of all Junkpile appearances:
Secret Wars 2099 #2 (of 5)

List of all Roman the Submariner 2099 appearances:
Secret Wars 2099 #'s 3-5 (of 5)

List of all Hulk 2099 appearances:
Secret Wars 2099 #'s 2-5 (of 5)

List of all Captain America 2099 (female) appearances:
Secret Wars 2099 #'s 1-5 (of 5)

List of all Hawkeye 2099 appearances:
Secret Wars 2099 #'s 1-5 (of 5)

List of all Black Widow 2099 appearances:
Secret Wars 2099 #'s 1-5 (of 5)

List of all Vision 2099 appearances:
Secret Wars 2099 #'s 1 & 4 (of 5)

List of all The Specialist appearances:
Secret Wars 2099 #2 (of 5)

List of Ghost Rider 2099 appearances:
Ghost Racers #'s 2-4



2099 Universe appearances:
SSM #32-33
Edge of Spider-Verse #1 (of 5)
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #10
All-New X-Men Annual Vol. 1 #1
(Other Spider-Verse-related comics and Web Warriors comic have possible 2099 Universe appearances)

2099 mentions/references:
Uncanny Avengers #23 (Vol. 2 possible 2099 mentions/references)
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man #8
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #13
Future Imperfect #3

List of all original Marvel 2099 TPB books:
Spider-Man 2099 TPB Vol. 1 (Collects: Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 1) #'s 1-10)
Spider-Man 2099 TPB Vol. 2 (Collects: Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 1) #'s 11-14, material from 2099 Unlimited #'s 1-3, & Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 1) Annual #1, in that order)
Spider-Man 2099 Classic TPB Vol. 3: The Fall of the Hammer (Collects: Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 1) #'s 15-16, Ravage 2099 #15, X-Men 2099 #5, Doom 2099 #14, Punisher 2099 #13, and Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 1) #'s 17-22, in that order)
Doom 2099: The Complete Collection by Warren Ellis TPB (Collects: Doom 2099 #'s 24-39, material from 2099: World of Doom Special, and a page from 2099 A.D.: Genesis one-shot)
X-Men 2099 TPB Vol. 1: (Collects: X-Men 2099 #'s 1-9)
Marvel Firsts: 1990's Omnibus HC: (Collects: Ghost Rider (1990) #1, Deathlok (1990) #1, New Warriors (1990) #1, Foolkiller (1990) #1, Darkhawk #1, Sleepwalker #1, X-Force (1991) #1, X-Factor (1986) #71, Warlock and the Infinity Watch #2, Death's Head II (1992A) #1, Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #1, Terror Inc. (1992) #1, Night Thrasher: Four Control #1, Darkhold: Pages From The Book of Sins #1, Nightstalkers #1, Spider-Man 2099 (1992) #1, Venom: Lethal Protector #1, Cable (1993) #1, Deadpool: The Circle Chase #1, Thunderstrike (1993) #1, Gambit (1993) #1, War Machine (1994) #1, Blackwulf #1, Force Works #1, Blade the Vampire-Hunter (1994) #1, Generation X San Diego Preview, Fantastic Force (1994) #1, Web of Spider-Man (1985) #118, Bishop #1, X-Man #1, Elektra: Root of Evil #1, Green Goblin #1, Captain Marvel (1995) #1, Heroes For Hire (1997) #1, Maverick #1, Quicksilver #1, Spider-Girl (1998) #1, Slingers #0, Spider-Woman (1999) #1, Deathlok (1999) #1, Warlock (1999) #1, and material from Captain America Annual #9, Web of Spider-Man (1985) #100, Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #147 & 158, and Tales of the Marvel Universe)

List of all recent-series-related Marvel 2099 TPB books:
Spider-Man 2099 TPB Vol. 1: Out of Time (Collects: Related material from Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #1, & Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 2) #'s 1-5)
Spider-Man 2099 TPB Vol. 2: Spider-Verse (Collects: Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 2) #'s 6-12)
Uncanny Avengers TPB Vol. 3: Ragnarok Now (Collects: Uncanny Avengers #'s 12-17)
Uncanny Avengers TPB Vol. 4: Avenge The Earth (Collects: Uncanny Avengers #'s 18-22)
Spider-Woman TPB Vol. 1 Spider-Verse (Collects: Spider-Woman Vol. 5 #'s 1-4 & Marvel Spotlight (1971) #32)
Spider-Verse HC (Collects: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #7-15, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32-33, SPIDER-VERSE #1-2, SPIDER-VERSE TEAM-UP #1-3, SCARLET SPIDERS #1-3, SPIDER-WOMAN (2014) #1-4, SPIDER-MAN 2099 (2014) #6-8 and material from FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014 (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) #1)
Amazing Spider-Man TP Vol. 1: Parker Luck (Collects: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #1-6)
Amazing Spider-Man TP Vol. 2: Spider-Verse Prelude (Collects: Amazing Spider-Man #'s 7-8, Superior Spider-Man #'s 32-33, & Free Comic Book Day 2014 (Guardians of the Galaxy) 1)
Amazing Spider-Man TP Vo1. 3: Spider-Verse (Collects: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #9-15)




- Rodimus




Laura Bertram's Fan-Made Video Tribute Project
https://www.facebook.com/groups/246201447053440/

Help make an "Evil Dead: The Game" tie-in and/or continuation comics from Dark Horse Comics or IDW Publishing:
https://www.change.org/p/michael-m-richardson-president-of-dark-horse-comics-ted-adams-idw-s-ceo-publisher-sam-raimi-bruce-campbell-and-robert-tapert-ash-vs-evil-dead-the-game-tie-in-and-or-continuation-comics-from-dark-horse-or-idw-publishing

Starz cancelled the show, Bruce Campbell has retired as Ash, and there's going to be a post-show video game called "Evil Dead: The Game", so help us with our petition for tie-in and/or continuation comics of it!

Also, I've made a .doc file for a posted flyer for the page. Please also print and post these pages at your LCS.

http://www.virtualtransformerstv.thetfcog.com/images/AVSEDflyer.doc





MediaHub:
This is a (private) Facebook group about anything entertaining. Movies, books, magazines, music, video games, television, memes, pictures, collections, artwork, new and old tech and sports etc. Enjoy!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/289035768452681/




New 2099 UGR Fanfiction Group Facebook Group!
THE place to go to chat about the 2099 UGR fanfics, and 2099 in general!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/302565017391517/



New 2099 UGR Fanfiction Group Forum!
Also a place to chat about all things 2099:
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/the2099ugrfanficgroup/

2099 UGR Fanfiction site:
http://2099ugr.weebly.com/


G1 Transformers Cartoon: Virtual Season 4 Extension:
http://www.virtualtransformerstv.thetfcog.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PVTransformers (Staff List)

Virtual Transformers Forum:
http://www.tfcog.net/forums/index.php?board=19.0

(Sunbow/Marvel) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: Virtual Season 3:
https://virtualgijoe.groups.io/g/main

MUGEN 2099 Project Staff list:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Marvel_2099_MUGEN_Project
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