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.
Greg Nicotero has joined the crew for McFarlane's new Spawn film! You might recognize Greg's name from The Walking Dead. Read on for more.
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.
Mcfarlane Toys surprised everyone today with what they have planned for the year. They will be launching an anime line with Naruto and Attack on Titan leading the way. Also the new construction sets are improved to the point of being more of a diorama based property. So much good stuff this year and look
McFarlane had a smaller booth this year but we did get to see some new stuff. The most notable was the packaging change for the TV Series Walking Dead figures, Assassin Creed and Spawn! These new boxes are starting to become the norm and the change is welcomed. Also shown was new Sports picks and the Building Block sets. McFarlane continues to impress fans and I look forward to seeing more from them in 2016.
McFarlane Toys posted an update concerning their upcoming Daryl Dixon with his iconic chopper motorcycle. We now have good clean pics of him and his bike (loose and boxed). Check out the images below and look for this hot item latter this year! McFarlane Toys’ deluxe box set features Daryl Dixon with his iconic chopper
Lets take a look at what’s shipping for Image Comics in December. I see several new books coming out and some of our favorites heating up. DEAD BODY ROAD #1 (of 6) story JUSTIN JORDAN art / cover MATTEO SCALERA & MORENO DINISIO DECEMBER 11 32 PAGES / FC / M $2.99