Title: Spawn #296
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!
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.
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.