Image Comics Review: SPAWN #310  

Review: SPAWN #310  

 

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writers:  Todd McFarlane

Artist: Jim Muniz

Letters: Tom Orzechowski

Colors:   Peter Steigerwald  

 

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan

 

Summary

“Rise!  Show them all the horrors they created!” – Spawn

“The STORM… begins.”SPAWN is on the hunt for someone, or something, insidious! Demons hiding among humans! Secret dealings with Big-Pharma! Dark plans are about to be exposed! There is a STORM coming, and SPAWN is at its center. That Spawn Meter is on the rise!

TODD McFARLANE and JIM MUNIZ weave a dark and disturbing tale!lies an army and a deadly new recruit…GUNSLINGER SPAWN.

 

Positives

How does Todd McFarlane keep finding awesome artists to contribute to the Spawn universe?

Jim Muniz slays this issue with his  pen and ink on this furthering developing world of Spawn.  His work on the news casts (a Spawn constant commentary since the early issues) is right on point.  He draws a symbiote coverage just like McFarlane in his days with Spiderman and Venom.  Art in comics has never been the same since the intricacies of webbing and symbiotes were introduced and that is a good thing.

Jim draws an awesome Spawn, an intense Al Simmons and one heckuva Jessica Priest (She-Spawn).   She is her own character, but I can see where she is influenced by an earlier angel in Angela as well as an homage to Black Widow.  I mean who can carry a black jumpsuit any better?

Again, the art in these books are detail oriented so when you examine other comics, they simply fall short!

Positives 2.0

Spawn #310 adheres to McFarlane’s formula of telling the story in three parts.  While other characters in the Spawn universe are teased with the cover and the alternate covers, this issue settles in on Al and Jessica.

McFarlane makes a real world political statement right from the first page.  Pandemic solutions?  We got it!  Or do we?  Are the demons among us and even in vaccines?  McFarlane thinks so and he uses Spawn to do what he thinks is necessary. 

Romance?  Not quite yet, but Spawn is a driven man at this point and while Jessica (“I’m not bad….I’m just drawn that way. – Jessica Rabbit) is both flirtatious, she also is taking too much of a break from the battle it seems to Spawn.  No spoilers here, but Spawn’s reminders to Jessica are very vivid.  McFarlane’s writing is getting stronger, but he’s got a lot of characters up in the air right now.

Accolades for World Record Setting

Each issue of Spawn sets a new World Record for independent comics.  That’s history every time you buy an issue!

Negatives

Okay…McFarlane introduced Billy Kincaid back into the mix a few issues back, but we don’t get to see that issue fleshed out yet.  We get covers with a Gunslinger Spawn or a Ninja Spawn, but we don’t get to see those introduced either.

McFarlane does some heavy foreshadowing in these issues, but the follow through must be way down the road.  Either that or he has another action figure he wants to sell.

Verdict

Spawn #310: Al really is focused on war.  Jessica needs a diversion.  Political statement made!  Three statements that look like small onions, but peeling back the layers has never been so good!  McFarlane needs to pick up the pace a bit, but that is just my anticipation of a Spawn war like no other!  Incredible art makes this a five star comic!

 

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Carl Bryan

Doc B is a college physical education instructor that has coached numerous sports on the rec, club, and collegiate level. He has a wonderful wife, two awesome kids, and remembers when Kryptonite came in a lot of different forms. He also has learned not to utter "Mxyzptlk" backwards!