Guilty Pleasures: My Spawn Obsession

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I’ve always held a soft spot for the hardcore, shallow ‘90s comics. Which is strange, because I didn’t grow up with them, so I don’t have the rose tinted lens of nostalgia to view them with. X-Force, Force Works, anything with the word Force, I always got a kick out of them. But the comic that always lingers at the edge of my mind, the series I keep coming back to, is Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.

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Comic Reviews 26/3/15

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Welcome, fellow comic enthusiasts, to another week of raving, raucous, ravenous reviews! This week we’ve got a reboot of classic ’80s cartoon Jem, written by novelist Kelly Thompson! On top of that, we’ve got more Darth Vader, Multiversity, Gotham Academy, and more to come! If you like fun, and nice things, read on and find out the verdict!

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Descender #1 Review

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Reviewed by Rowan

Written by Jeff Lemire, Art by Dustin Nguyen

Descender is the unique example of a highly successful indie comic. Once in a blue moon, an indie comic will skyrocket, due to excellent quality in both storytelling and artwork. Last time it was Saga. This time, it’s Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s latest work. Already picked up for movie production even before its release, Descender has become incredibly hyped up for some time. Now it’s out, and ready for the masses to consume and analyse. And guess what? It lives up to all that hype, there’s no doubt about that.

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Secret Identities #1

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Release Date: Feb. 18, 2015

Written by Jay Faerber and Brian Joines, Art by Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff

Secret Identities is one of the best cases of ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. On the outside, it looks like any generic superhero comic, (albeit with sleek cartooning that’s wild and kinetic) and would likely blend right in with the ranks of Marvel and DC. However, Faerber and Joines have brought us an enjoyable mix of superhero action and character drama. The key word here is Secret Identities, and takes the Clark Kent stereotype to the extreme, giving us almost too human characters hiding a whole lot under their mask.

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Brian Wood Not To Write “Spawn” Anymore

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BleedingCool reports that Brian Wood (DMZ, Moon Knight, Star Wars), will not be a part of Spawn’s ‘new direction’ anymore. Wood was set to take over series creator Todd McFarlane as a part of the return of the original Spawn, Al Simmons. Alongside Jonboy Meyers, the team were to being with “Spawn Resurrection #1”, set to release in February, and continue with “Spawn #251” in March. However, he was taken off the book after raising concerns with some of his plot being rewritten. We have his full statement to Bleeding Cool:

“For the sake of readers and retailers who read the current Image solicits (March 2015), I just want to sent out a little PSA and say that I am not the writer of Spawn #251.  I’m actually not the writer of the Spawn title after all.  I delivered, to spec, the script for February’s Spawn Resurrection #1 special but raised objections to the considerable extent to which my script and the larger plot was being rewritten during production.  I was then removed from the job.  I’m not trying to complain or spark drama, but I do think that the audience and the retailers laying down money for the book should be aware when there is a creative team change, especially this close to the book’s release.  I’m sorry to anyone who was looking forward to my work on Spawn – its a bummer for me too.”

It’s a disappointment that such a quality writer was taken off the book. However, it’ll be interesting to see how Image react to this publicly, especially so close to the release date. In any case, we’re eager to find out who’ll be taking the reigns of Spawn next. Here’s the Resurrection cover art, by Jonboy, below:

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