Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human mutate (see comments)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Big Wheel, Blackout
(Lilin), Deacon (unrevealed), Death Ninja,
Doghead, Madcap, Scarecrow (Laughton), Trull (alien), Vengeance (Kowalski), Zadkiel;
formerly Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch)
Enemies: Caretaker (unrevealed)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "The All-New Orb"
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Ghost Rider VI#26 (October, 2008)
Powers/Abilities: Unlike his predecessor who wore a mask, the All-New Orb's head is a functioning giant eyeball. His arsenal includes a Repulsor Ray, a light-weight gun able to fire a destructive blast. The full extent of his weaponry and fighting skills is unrevealed. In spite of the seeming absence of a mouth, the Orb becomes terribly chatty on occasion.
(Ghost Rider VI#26 (fb) - BTS) - A successor to the original Orb, the new Orb's head was turned into a giant eyeball at some point in the past, either prior to, or following, his acceptance of the identity.
(Ghost Rider VI#26 (fb) - BTS) - After performing a number of unidentified mercenary jobs, the Orb entered a period of inactivity. Hired to take down Caretaker alongside Blackout, Doghead and Death Ninja, the Orb relished the opportunity for action.
(Ghost Rider VI#26) - Led to Caretaker's house in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, the Orb followed the others up to the house, with Doghead checking for traps. Aware of his visitors, Caretaker burst through the front door, blowing off Doghead's head with his Hellfire rifle and warning the others to leave. Firing on his target with his Repulsor Ray, the Orb forced Caretaker to draw back into the house. The Orb apprehensively followed with Death Ninja, noting the supposedly small house's impossibly expansive interiors. Entering a room stocked with Ghost Rider and motorcycling paraphernalia, the Orb triggered a trap, launching a wooden plank lined with nails into his "eye". The Orb recoiled in pain, unable to stop Caretaker from killing Death Ninja.
(Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Orb was taken into police custody and held in the South Nashville Prison Hospital for his "massive eyeball trauma".
(Ghost Rider VI#33 - BTS) - Deacon and Blackout considered him as a possible agent in their fight against Ghost Rider (Blaze).
(Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#1) - Deacon and Blackout broke into the South Nashville Prison Hospital to recruit the Orb, promising him that Zadkiel could heal him.
(Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#2 (fb) - BTS) - Fully healed, the Orb joined Blackout and Deacon as they recruited Big Wheel, Madcap, the Scarecrow and Trull to their ranks.
(Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#2) - Although hungry for chicken and waffles, the Orb joined Blackout and Deacon in locating former police deputy Kowalski, the current incarnation of Vengeance. Finding him in a bar littered with murdered patrons, Blackout told Kowalski of their plan to eliminate the Ghost Riders and eagerly signed on.
Comments: Created by Bill Rosemann (writer) and Guy Davis (artist)
Unlike the original Orb whose
"eye" was a helmet, it's indicated that this Orb's head is actually a
large eyeball -- Death-Ninja refers to him having a giant eyeball for a
head, and it's unlikely the board and nails would have been such a
problem if the eye were just a helmet. It's unclear how this Orb's head
came to be like this, whether it was accidental, of his own doing, or
some sort of "natural" mutation.
This was later confirmed by writer Jason Aaron who liked the idea of an "Orb" with an actual eyeball for a head, rather than just an eyeball-shaped helmet, and verified on-panel in Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#1.
Despite assertions from writer Jason Aaron that the Orb survived his debut encounter with Caretaker, his survival was not confirmed on-panel until Ghost Rider VI#33.
According to writer Bill Rosemann, the Orb that appeared in Deadline#2 (playing pool with Taskmaster and one of the Super-Apes) was the original Orb, having recovered from his seeming demise. With the appearance of the new Orb, there was some speculation that this Orb was the one that appeared in Deadline (providing some context to the Orb's inference that he'd been active prior to his introduction). Until it's clarified it's anyones guess, but for the time being there're two Orbs active in the Marvel Universe (...did someone say team-up?).
The main image depicts the first Orb's costume, rather than the stunt-man inspired outfit his successor wore, as seen in the second image. However, as the cover depicting the main image was released a few months after the second Orb's introduction (and given that he's a favorite of writer Jason Aaron), it's probably intended to be this version of the character. And isn't it snazzy lookin'?
Profile by G Morrow (with a nod to the original Orb profile by Snood).
CLARIFICATIONS: Orb has no known connections to
Ghost Rider VI#30 (villain variant), cover (main image)
Ghost Rider VI#26, p10, pan1 (the All-New Orb in action)
Ghost Rider VI#26 (October, 2008) - Jason Aaron (writer), Tan Eng Huat (artist), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
Ghost Rider VI#33 (May, 2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Tony Moore (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#1 (October, 2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#2 (November, 2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Roland Boschi (artist), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Last updated: 09/07/09
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