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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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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McFarlane Releases Upcoming ‘Spawn #250’ Original Pages

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‘Spawn, the critical indie darling of the 1990’s, is celebrating it’s 250th issue soon. It’s posing a return to form, as Al Simmons, the original (and best) Spawn will return to the costume. Luckily enough for us, Todd McFarlane, the creator and writer, has released 3 original pages from the issue, and as always, they look pretty damn nice.

Spawn is the world’s highest selling Indie comic book, so for it to also reach 250 issues is a pretty big deal. It tells of a man resurrected, with mystical hell powers, but with a scarred, completely different body, so he cannot return to the one he loves. The 250th issue is a perfect jumping on point, so make sure you check it out!
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