702422._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Spawn #289

Image Comics

Written by Todd McFarlane

Art by Jason Shawn Alexander

Letters by Tom Orzechowski

Colors by Brian Haberlin and Lee Loughridge

Spawn is going on a killing spree and no one is safe. What makes matters worse is that no one understands that there is a method and a plan around his kills. With the Dead Zone closed, Spawn finds himself hunting the denizens of heaven and hell that are still trapped on Earth and he is determined to expose them once and for all to the entire world. In order to do that, he’s going to have to do something else that no other hellspawn has; build a team.


We get to see Spawn’s plan start to come together and the scope of it expand from the riot in the jail all the way to the White House itself. Spawn has a message and he is not afraid to be seen or spare the public. Spawn has decided to enlist friend and foe alike in his quest and he will not spare those in his way. Even if it means sending an angel a brutal message.

McFarlane is both raising the stakes and courting controversy with this issue and is unapologetic about both which is what makes this issue work so well. Making Spawn the focal point of a larger plan is a great change from having the character react to outside stimuli. Giving Spawn a brutal purpose that is unique makes the tension in this issue and the overall arc more interesting. I found myself really diving into Spawn’s philosophy in many instances because it seemed more nuanced and focused.

Alexander does some great work with the art in the issue and there is great details in both the characters and many of the big set pieces featured in the issue. Alexander really delivers with the brutality in the issue and the gore is beautifully rendered to be shocking without be sensational. There is a great balance between the story and the art in this issue and I can’t wait to see how this plan continues to unfold.

Spawn #289




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