To be honest, I gave up on Spawn sometime around issue #21. Even then, I wasn't particularly into Spawn. It was the type of hero that I really didn't care for. I was also drawn into the full potential of comics being introduced to alternative and independent comics. However, when there's a big book hyped by its publisher, I feel the need to review it.
Spawn has a tendency to not make a lot of news, anymore. This weekend, that all changed. It was announced that not only would creator Todd McFarlane return to draw the character for his 300th issue, but Greg Capullo would return to draw the character as well. Capullo rocketed to stardom with his work on Spawn, after getting noticed by McFarlane for his work on X-Force. McFarlane's last time drawing his creation was in Spawn #200.
After doing two DC comics, and using the DC Universe service, I was inclined to make use of my Marvel Unlimited Plus membership. How did this get to me reviewing an issue of Spawn? I browsed the titles and among all of the comics from the past, I was tripping across a plethora of comics from the past few years. Of course, this was after discounting the first appearance of Doctor Bong, which I thought would be fun to read again. I was wrong. Among these comics came a few featuring Angela, retconned by Marvel as Thor's long, lost sister. Those issues are too recent for this feature, but her first appearances in Spawn are eligible to be revisited. In 1993, Todd McFarlane contracted four well-renowned writers to each do an issue of Spawn. In order, they were Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave Sim and Frank Miller. There was a lengthy court battle after McFarlane claimed sole ownership of Angela and the other characters Gaiman created for this issue. In the final settlement of the lawsuit, which also revolved around the actual ownership of Miracleman. The case was settled in 2012 with Gaiman taking full ownership of Angela, according to a statement McFarlane gave to Newsarama in 2013.
To be honest, I knew a Spawn film was in the works. In light of the saturation that the Marvel and DC films have on the market, I doubted that it would ever get made. The original Spawn film is considered bad by comparison with CGI that reached too far, too fast. The comic series is remembered more than its read and reviewed. Imagine my shock when I saw this in the e-mail inbox.
Almost everyone remembers Miracleman from his 1980s stories by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman. Because no analysis of the character is complete without an overview of the character's rocky publication history, that is integrated here.
The word or I should say sells have come in from Toys R Us concerning McFarlane Toys new Walking Dead building Block sets and......Score!! Sales were good! In response Todd McFarlane has posted some new images of an upcoming Walking Dead building set and it looks awesome!
MANIFEST DESTINY—VARIANT COVER REVEALED The seventh issue of the hit series will feature an exciting variant cover by Marc Silvestri and Todd McFarlane “Historical fiction can be a gamble in comics… By keeping it weird and focusing on their characters, Dingess and Roberts make a great case for how well it can work.” —Comic Book