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Kushala: Marvel’s Newest Ghost Rider

 by Hannah Bernabe

A Native American is making its mark in a fiery way.

Kushala, who will also be known as Demon Rider, is the first female Native American Ghost Rider to grace the Spirit of Vengeance mythology. First appearing  in series #1 of Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer’s Supreme, Kushala will be known as the “Ghost Rider of the 1800s”. Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer’s Supreme follows Doctor Stephen Strange as the travels through time thanks to the power of the sorcerer Merlin.


Marvel penciler and cover artist Javier Rodriguez created Kushala with the intention of creating a giant presence in the Spirit of Vengeance lore. In a conversation with, Rodriguez explains that “she is a new character of Apache descent. 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.” The term Demon Rider further shows how much terror she will bring to the newest Doctor Strange comic.

Kushala’s debut will put her in the same league as the other Ghost Riders in the Spirit of Vengeance line, primarily with the current Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes and Johnny Blaze. Additionally, the introduction of a female Native American Ghost Rider is a welcome addition to the ever-growing line of female Ghost Riders, such as Naomi Kale and Alejandra Jones.

You can see Kushala in action on “Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supremes” #3, on sale Dec. 14.


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