Published: March 18, 2020
Script: Todd McFarlane and Philip Tan
Pencils: Philip Tan
Inks: Philip Tan, Jonathan Glapion, Daniel Henriques, and Todd McFarlane
Plot: Philip Tan and Todd McFarlane
Lettering: Tom Orzechowski
Colors: Sunny Gho and Jay David Ramos
Publisher’s Summary: Fan-favorite artist PHILIP TAN returns to illustrate a dark vision of the future. PROPHECY OF DEATH, Part One. The future is full of terrors, all unleashed by Al Simmons! A strange new threat unravels as the origin of the all-new Ninja Spawn begins.
In the blink of an eye is transported away from his reality and sent hurdling through darkness, where a voice begs him to resist, stay strong, and keep fighting.
I don’t normally refer to any of the included bonus material that are included in the last few pages of comic books, but the letter that is included in Spawn #306, should be read, as it speaks directly to the Tan and McFarlane’s script being intentionally disorienting. Typically, I don’t think that issue’s, especially the first chapters of new story arcs, should be confusing, but it works, here. Spawn #306 moves fast, hits hard, and leaves readers begging for more.
Philip Tan’s illustrations are gorgeous; each and every page is packed tight with energy and highly-detailed panels that engrosses readers in the story, allowing them to feel the flames and smell the burning flesh.
I’m not sure where this Tan and McFarlane are leading this story, but I’m confident that wherever it arrives, I’ll want to be there, too. Who’s with me?
Spawn #306 is an entertaining issue that drops readers headfirst into an exciting new story; gorgeous illustrations and a quick-moving, albeit disorienting, plot makes for an enticing read.