Title: Spawn #286
Script: Todd McFarlane
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander
Cover: Todd McFarlane and John Giang
Publication Date: June 6, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: On the trail to find his wife’s killer, Spawn plants the seeds that will lead him to the mysterious murderer!
Spawn is transferred to the prison block that houses the biggest and baddest and most savage criminals, and quickly, and in typical Spawn fashion, he asserts his dominance, finds himself one step closer to learning the identity of his wife’s killer, and despite having to ‘play it cool’ and stick to the shadows, Spawn makes quick work of the yard’s top dog in a way that is both fitting and unsettling.
Spawn #286 is unsettling and unnerving and, to great extent, terrifying; if this book doesn’t instill some sort of fear or dread in you, then, well, you should be concerned as this book provides readers with moments of great intense visual, visceral horror. Much like the most troubling of nightmares, Spawn #286 is more strange and odd than it is scary and it is this ‘creepiness’ that tends to stick with you long after the nightmare has occurred, or, in this case, long after the issue has been read.
Accomplishing this feat and leaving a lasting impression that truly disturbs, is not easy and takes the combined efforts of a truly talented team. Here, in Spawn #286, Todd McFarlane and Jason Shawn Alexander work in tangent to create a deranged cacophony of terror that readers won’t soon forget.
With that said, the overall effect of this book may be overshadowing the story, but it is the story that allows for such an effect to be delivered. We’re still moving at a slow-to-comfortable pace in a direction that is interesting and there was enough excitement in this issue to leave me looking forward to Spawn #287.
The Bottom Line:
In Spawn #286 it becomes apparent that this nightmarish rabbit hole runs deeper than initially thought, and as we readers continue to traverse its depths, it becomes obvious that we’ve only seen a glimpse of the horror that awaits us.