Indie Comics Review: King Spawn #4

by Carl Bryan
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Review: King Spawn #4

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

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Todd McFarlane, Sean Lewis

Artists:  Javi Fernandez

Letters:  AndWorld Design

Colors: FCO Plascencia

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“Why did you hurt him so much?- small child
Because he was bad!” – Spawn

King Spawn #4 – A historical NEW ongoing SPAWN series has begun! The launch of this book, nearly three decades in the making, further expands the SPAWN UNIVERSE with a growing presence of Hell, Heaven, and Heroes here on Earth.

New fan-favorite creative team LEWIS & FERNANDEZ continue their dark trek into a world beginning to come undone at the seams.

Spawn locates Kincaid and the two finally face off. But was that his plan the entire time? Meanwhile, Jessica and Medieval continue their globe-trotting hunt for superpowered terrorists!


King Spawn #4 gives us the arguable closure we wanted to see when Al Simmons faced Billy Kincaid in the early 1990’s.  We thought that was quite the torture.  Al literally beats Kincaid to a pulp.  This is one bloody comic, so buyer beware, but this is a true carnage playground for any Spawn reader.

I am not sure if we have ever seen an “Oracle” like this, but it is great in the story to be provided a watcher of sort that is the Oracle – the first sergeant of Mother Nature.   McFarlane and Sean Lewis add to the stew of myth, religions and folktales within the pages of Spawn.  Both of their lenses make King Spawn a different type of read than the traditional Spawn comic.  

It is obvious that McFarlane is the quarterback, but Lewis runs the ball across the goal line!

Positives 2.0

The art and colors pop in this issue.  The streets run with blood, but he celestial beings such as the Oracle display the heavenly blue you would expect.  But the battle scenes within the jungle as well as the city scapes provide the reader a lot of visual eye candy.

While the pencils are not the usual sharpness we expect with McFarlane, the colors more than make up for what is in each frame.  It’s a different view of Spawn, but rather enthralling. 

Accolades for World Record-Setting

2021 is the year of Spawn.  Spawn’s Universe #1 kicked things off.   King Spawn #4  continues to deliver! This will give McFarlane hope of reaching a new generation of readers that missed out on the initial launch of the Spawn back in 1992. October has also brought us  Gunslinger Spawn #1. Finally, there will be a new #1 team book, which will band five characters together to fight against forces too big for any of them to take on alone. That book is titled The Scorched. Spawn, Redeemer, Gunslinger, Medieval Spawn and She-Spawn begin the group’s adventures, but McFarlane promises a rotating cast of heroes over the coming months to keep the roster of heroes fresh.


This is the #4 issue you want on your shelf right now.   All compliments aside, McFarlane taps into what each of us would want to do with a child killer if given the option.  Al Simmons is the assassin who may be a creature created in Hell, but his moral compass points straight up towards Heaven! 



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