Spawn #296 Review

Title: Spawn #296
Publisher: Image
Words: Todd McFarlane
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander
Published: April 24,2019

Publisher’s Summary: “THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF AL SIMMONS,” Part One The road to SPAWN’s record-setting 300th issue BEGINS HERE!!! Witness the secrets of Al Simmons’ past, present and future!!! Every hero! Every villain! Revisit Spawn’s legend in an epic, wide-screen story from critically acclaimed illustrator, JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, and legendary creator, TODD McFARLANE!


Review

On the approach to the landmark 300th issue of Spawn, Todd McFarlane has elected to celebrate his creation’s rich history by reintroducing Spawn to his readers, guiding them through the tortured life of Al Simmons.

As much as I would like to say that there is something in this book for everyone, I can’t; longtime readers–especially those who are current with the series–will find Spawn #296 dense and relatively unexciting (save for the end). New readers, and on-again off-again readers, however, will be delighted with this issue, as it provides an excellent jumping on point. Spawn #296 serves as a reminder of why Spawn is unique, as well as why McFarlane’s character rocked the comic book industry back in the early ’90s.

Spawn #296 is a well-crafted reintroduction to one of the industry’s most well-known figures; McFarlane’s writing is tight, and Jason Shawn Alexander’s artwork is impressive.

If you’ve been looking to start reading Spawn, or if you’ve been looking for a good reason to return to the series, this is your chance.

Bottom Line

While longtime fans my find themselves looking for more story and less recap, Spawn #296 is an excellent jumping on point for new readers. Although the majority of readers’ time is spent revisiting Spawn’s hellish past, Spawn #296 is well-crafted and entertaining and generates a good deal of momentum as we approach a landmark 300th issue.

Spawn #296
Spawn #296 Review
The Bottom Line
While longtime fans my find themselves looking for more story and less recap, Spawn #296 is an excellent jumping on point for new readers. Although the majority of readers' time is spent revisiting Spawn's hellish past, Spawn #296 is well-crafted and entertaining and generates a good deal of momentum as we approach a landmark 300th issue.
Yes!
A well-crafted history of Spawn
No...
8.2
Score

Charlie Chipman
Charlie Chipman
The kind of guy who almost always ends his e-mails with, "Cheers," Charlie serves as Editor-in-Chief here at The Brazen Bull where he often reviews comic books and television shows. His favorite punctuation mark is the interrobang‽

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