Image Comics Review: SPAWN #312 

by Carl Bryan
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Review: SPAWN #312  


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

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Carlo Barberi

Letters: Tom Orzechowski

Colors: Peter Steigerwald, Jay David Ramos  


Reviewed by: Carl Bryan



“Because we are Spawns.  You should try it some time. ” – Jessica Priest/She-Spawn

““Cult of Omega” Part Two of Three  – Spawn needs help and the only hero who can be of use is another Spawn. In this case that is the Jim Downing Spawn. The man who once wore the same symbiote costume as Al Simmons himself! Together they invade an island that is home to the newest threat to humanity… the villainous Omega Spawn.

All this and She-Spawn goes out for an errand or two.  Gunslinger Spawn has an intense conversation with The Redeemer.  And Marc tries on some armor…



The alternate covers provide a great homage to the comic stores that that are playing a part in Spawn’s distribution nationwide.  It seems pretty cool that Image is recognizing participation in this way.

Subsequently, Image is also paying tribute to all of the artists that have worked on Spawn through the years with another alternate #312 cover.  

Speaking of artists, Carlo Barberi is on fire in his renderings of all things Spawn.  His Gunslinger Spawn is something to behold and when The Redeemer shows up….wow!  The attention to penciling is on par with “The Todd Father” himself.

I thought Greg Capullo drew a wonderful Wonder Woman until I saw what Barberi does with Jessica Priest.  When the dust settles, can we simply have a She-Spawn comic?

Positives 2.0

Spawn #312 provides more layers to the upcoming dimensional war between Heaven, Hell, and well…Spawn.  Not sure if all these Spawns will come together in some sort of Justice League format, but for now, the various renderings of Spawns coming into one time line is perfect!

Oh… and that power meter.  I used to be afraid of when that meter hit four zeroes.  Now it is trickling up.  Any Spawn fans have any idea why those random numbers appear on the meter?  Me neither but I am curious if it is a code.


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!


Okay…McFarlane keeps introducing all these new Spawns on covers and in the press, but I have yet to see a Ninja Spawn in action.  They are trickling out at a snail’s pace.  Anticipation…. not a negative, but these issues have been superlative and full of new life since #300.


Spawn #312 – Buy it for Gunslinger Spawn alone.  But note that each issue brings another back story and another Spawn into the fray.  That’s a lot of green gassy ectoplasm goo!


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