BAI GU JING
Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human possessed by a Spirit of Vengeance, Chinese citizen
Group Membership: Spirits of Vengeance / Ghost Riders
Affiliations: Baron Skullfire, Caretaker (Sara), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Marinette Bwa Chech, Molek, City of Skull's Phantom Riders
Enemies: Zadkiel, demons, Kid Blackheart, formerly Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: White Bone Demon (see comments), Ghost Rider
Base of Operations: China
First Appearance: Ghost Rider VI#29 (January, 2009)
Powers/Abilities: Bai Gu Jing possessed superhuman strength and durability, and was immune to conventional small arms. She wielded hellfire-enhanced nunchaku in combat, and was an expert martial artist, skilled in unspecified disciplines.
History: (Ghost Rider VI#30 (fb) - BTS) - Bai Gu Jing was a young Chinese woman who was transformed into a Ghost Rider by a Spirit of Vengeance. Through undisclosed circumstances, perhaps first approached by the Muslim Ghost Rider Molek, she became aware that Ghost Riders around the world were being depowered and often slain into the bargain by Ghost Rider Dan Ketch, who had been duped into serving the rogue angel Zadkiel, who in turn had plans to take over Heaven. Molek and Bai Gu Jing together began looking for their remaining fellows to warn them and recruit them, while also hunting Ketch.
(Ghost Rider VI#29) - After Dan Ketch slew Tibetan Ghost Rider 'Khrag Thung, he had squared off against his brother Johnny Blaze, eventually ending the fight by turning his Penance Stare on Johnny, making his sibling relive his past failures including the deaths of his wife and children. Before Ketch could finish the now despondent Johnny off, Caretaker (Sara) intervened, whisking Johnny away on her motorbike. Hunting for other Ghost Riders to help stop Zadkiel and Dan, Molek and Bai Gu Jing tracked Johnny Blaze and Caretaker down to a flophouse in Kathmandu, Nepal, where Caretaker was trying to get the morose Johnny out of his funk. Unsure of what might greet them inside the room, the two Ghost Riders announced their arrival by smashing the door to smithereens and Bai Gu Jing struck a battle-ready pose. Caretaker, initially thinking it was an attack, drew her swords and threatened to slice the intruders in two, but Molek told her to put her weapons away and come with them, or else there would soon be nothing left in the world that might be called Holy.
(Ghost Rider VI#30) - The quartet traveled to Tokyo, Japan, hoping to warn and recruit Yokai-Raida, but as they reached the temple where Yokai-Raida's Caretaker was based, Molek sensed that they had arrived too late, informing his companions that another Ghost Rider had fallen. Unaware that Dan Ketch was covertly observing them from a rooftop, they inspected damage done to the temple, and Bai Gu Jing confirmed to Sara that Ketch was assuredly responsible, adding that they had only missed him by hours. Sara expressed disbelief that Zadkiel could have turned the moral Ketch into a murderer, but Molek pointed out that Ketch believed he was saving the Ghost Riders he depowered, relieving them of their burden before it turned them into monsters, and that even if they died as a result, Ketch felt they were better off. Finding Yokai-Raida's human form, Yoshio Kannabe, naked and terror-stricken, Bai Gu Jing scoffed at what Molek had just said, asking him if the petrified Yoshio could be called better off. Looking down at the wrecked man, Molek noted that they could be of no help to him, nor he to them. Johnny angrily suggested that maybe Yoshio deserved his fate, and that they deserved the same too. Molek tried to reason with him, asking him if he would want Zadkiel to win, consolidating the power of all the Spirits of Vengeance so he would become unstoppable and conquer Heaven itself, but even this failed to impact on Johnny's negative state of mind. As he stomped away, Bai Gu Jing observed that he had lost his will to fight, but Molek confidently asserted that Johnny would find it again when the time was right. Trying to come to terms with what was happening, Sara noted that she could not believe she was looking at the last of the Spirits of Vengeance, but Molek informed her that there were two others left, and that they would go to them now and prepare to make their stand against Zadkiel. Ketch watched them go, and considered attacking them, but, communicating via a dove, Zadkiel told him to let them go, and wait for all the remaining Ghost Riders to get together before moving in to finish them off.
(Ghost Rider VI#31) - The group traveled to the City of Skulls in the African Congo, where, after being briefly confronted by the City's guards, they were given a warm welcome by Baron Skullfire and Marinette Bwa Chech. The group were shown to their quarters, and Bai Gu Jing resumed human form and began meditating in preparation for the fight to come.
The next day the forces of the City of Skulls assembled, ready for the coming fight - Molek, Bai Gu Jing, Baron Skullfire and Marinette Bwa Chech, Sara, and the City's human population, the Phantom Riders of the Congo. At the last moment Blaze joined them in his Ghost Rider form. Seconds later the similarly transformed Dan Ketch raced out from the treeline, leading an army of Zadkiel's Black Host angels.
(Ghost Rider VI#32) - Battle commenced, with the City's defenders fighting bravely and initially seeming to make headway, up until Baron Skullfire was slain. The Baron's Spirit of Vengeance immediately took a new host from the Phantom Riders, and Ketch ordered the angels to stop killing people, both because he believed they were trying to help the City's people, and because slaying a Spirit's host would only cause it to take a new one. Ketch manifested hellfire avatars of himself who tore through the Phantom Riders to get to the Ghost Riders. The real Ketch raced off on his motorbike, and Blaze pursued, but in their absence the avatars overcame Bai Gu Jing and the remaining Ghost Riders, draining them of their Spirits and leaving them for dead
The battle ended, Ketch dissipated his avatars, absorbing the power they had taken. Stealing Blaze's power too, he flew up towards Heaven to deliver the combined might of the Spirits of Vengeance to Zadkiel. Blaze, weakened but alive, returned to the City of Skulls to find only Sara still standing. Moments later, having learned too late of Zadkiel's villainous intentions, Ketch crashed back down to Earth, having managed to hang on to just enough of the power to restore Blaze's Spirit of Vengeance to him. Lying amidst the carnage, with Bai Gu Jing's unmoving form mere feet away, Ketch dejectedly announced that Zadkiel had won.
(Ghost Rider: Heaven's on Fire#6) - Like all past Ghost Riders, Bai Gu Jing was revived to take part in defending Heaven from first Zadkiel and then Kid Blackheart's demon army. During the second assault, she fought alongside Molek. After the battle ended, After the battle, Heaven lit up as God returned, and the resurrected Ghost Riders returned to their eternal rest (see comments).
Comments: Created by Jason Aaron and Tan Eng Huat.
Bai Gu Jing is named after a character in the Buddhist epic Journey to the West. With her name literally translating as White Bone Demon or White Bone Spirit, its a very appropriate match-up to the Chinese Ghost Rider, as the novel's character is shapeshifting demon who initially disguises herself as a young woman, but who eventually shows her true form to be that of an animated skeleton.
It is uncertain whether Bai Gu Jing was slain when she was depowered, or merely rendered unconscious. The presence of her Spirit of Vengeance in the battle for Heaven doesn't confirm her demise, as Yokai-Raida was also present, and she definitely survived his depowering. It may simply be that the Spirit took on her appearance, or it may be that the revival of the Ghost Riders not only resurrected the dead hosts, but also brought Bai Gu Jing to Heaven, where she was reunited with her Spirit of Vengeance. If this last is what happened, then unlike the resurrected Ghost Riders, Bai Gu Jing would presumably not have stayed in Heaven, but might have returned to Earth and be back in action. She wasn't explicitly shown to be departing into the light like the other, nondescript, Ghost Riders.
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Ghost Rider VI#29, p22, pan1 (main image)
Ghost Rider VI#31, p16, pan2 (human appearance)
Ghost Rider VI#32, p3, pan2 (in combat)
Ghost Rider VI#32, p1, pan3 (being depowered)
Ghost Rider: Heaven's On Fire#6, p14, pan2 (fighting in Heaven)
Ghost Rider VI#30 (February, 2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Tan Eng Huat (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Ghost Rider VI#31 (March, 2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Tan Eng Huat & Roland Boschi (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Ghost Rider VI#32 (April, 2009) - Jason Aaron (writer), Tan Eng Huat (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Ghost Rider: Heaven's On Fire#6 (February, 2010) - Jason Aaron (writer), Roland Boschi (art), Sebastian Girner (editor)
Last updated: 03/24/14
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