Image Comics Review: SPAWN #313

by Carl Bryan
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Review: SPAWN #313

Spawn 313


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

Writer: Todd McFarlane

Artist: Carlo Barberi

Letters: Tom Orzechowski

Colors: Jay David Ramos  


Reviewed by: Carl Bryan



“They call me …Monolith. ” – Monolith

“CULT OF OMEGA,” Conclusion The Final confrontation: SPAWN vs. OMEGA SPAWN to the death!

If this villain cannot be defeated, then the fabric of time will begin to tear and out will pour the savage warriors of Heaven and Hell upon Earth.

Todd McFarlane and Carlo Barberi conclude their gut-wrenching story of Spawn vs. Omega Spawn.  She-Spawn and Gunslinger Spawn meet and enjoy some new horsepower!  Spawn and Overt-Kill meet Monolith.  The result is not good.

More Spawn, and more pieces as we march towards the battle with the Omega Spawn.  It’s the Holidays so celebrate with Spawn and the cover bearing “The Santa Clown”!


Todd McFarlane divides this story into two parts as we open up with slim vertical frames Carlo Barberi provides to tell the story of Gunslinger Spawn dealing with his aftermath of battle with The Redeemer.

Jessica Priest is arguably one of the best characters coming out of this new direction Todd McFarlane has gone on since issue #300.   The She-Spawn’s alter ego meeting with the Gunslinger Spawn seems pretty successful with a trading of some social currency.

Speaking of artists, Carlo Barberi and  Jay David Ramos have drawn a Red Hulk/Doomsday/Thanos type character in Monolith.  Spawn may have a weakened power meter that is not going to serve him well.  Perhaps the diplomacy of the She-Spawn would be better served than the tactics of Overt-Kill and Spawn in this meeting.

Positives 2.0

Spawn #313 – Art, Art, Art.  I cannot say enough about the colors, the battle scenes, and the framing as to how this story is being told.  Both Barberi and Ramos are in their element and having a great run in this story line and it shows! 

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.  Omega Spawn is whom we are marching towards, but no details on its arrival.  Plague Spawn is on an alternate cover…is he really Covid-19 Spawn? 

These characters 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.

I get that McFarlane wants to provide a look for his fans behind the scenes as a comic book is created.  But those additional pages could be provided to reader as story material.  McFarlane opened a lot of avenues with these new versions of Spawn.  He keeps the comic at a low price, but a few more pages of story would be treasured!


Spawn #313 – A new Spawn in Monolith as well as another issue with the She-Spawn!  After this battle, I’d love for McFarlane to hand some of these Spawns off to other artists and writers as a She-Spawn book would be wonderful!



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