Thursday, August 3, 2023

#IReadsYou Review: KING SPAWN #6


STORY: Sean Lewis with Todd McFarlane (additional dialogue)
PENCILS: Javi Fernandez
COLORS: FCO Plascencia with Ulises Arreola
LETTERS: Andworld Design
EDITOR: Thomas Healy
COVER:  Jonathan Glapion
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (January 2022)

Rated: “T/ Teen”

Spawn created by Todd McFarlane

Spawn is a superhero/antihero character that stars in the long-running comic book series, Spawn.  Created by writer-artist Todd McFarlane, Spawn first appeared in Spawn #1 (cover dated: May 1992).

Spawn was Albert Francis “Al” Simmons.  A career military man who becomes a highly capable assassin and dies a violent death.  He makes a deal with the devil, Malebolgia, in order to return to the living realm to see his wife one last time.  However, Al returns with almost no memories accept that his name is Al Simmons, and he learns that he is now a “Hellspawn” in service of Malebolgia.  Rebelling, Al Simmons, now “Spawn,” finds a new purpose in stopping evil.

A year ago, (February 2021), Todd McFarlane announced his plans to build a larger, multi-character, interconnected, comic book universe based around his Spawn comic book – a “Spawn Universe.”  McFarlane also announced four new comic book titles coming out in 2021, with three of them continuing as regular monthly titles.

One of them is King Spawn.  This series is written by Sean Lewis; drawn by Javi Fernandez; colored by FCO Plascencia; lettered by Andworld Design.  King Spawn finds Spawn battling the members of a dark conspiracy that wants to force him to accept his crown.

King Spawn #6 opens after the shocking revelation that the “Disruptor” is Jason Wynn, the late director of the U.S. Security Group … and Al Simmons' former boss … who betrayed him.  Wynn wants Spawn to open the “Dead Zones” and to embrace his destiny as “King Spawn.”

Spawn simply wants to remember the wrongs everyone has done to him … all of them.  Meanwhile, another secretive organization prepares for Spawn's fate.

THE LOWDOWN:  King Spawn continues to be the best Spawn spin-off comic book to date.  It is so fun to read; nothing against other comic books in the Spawn line, but King Spawn is … king.

Writer Sean Lewis' poison pen/keyboard offers mean-spirited, angry, violent, crazy, demented and sometimes inappropriate scenes, plots, and subplots.  And that's all I ever wanted.  Lewis is proving to be a true spawn of Hell, a writer determined to activate every bit of dark potential in Spawn.

Javi Fernandez's art and storytelling recalls the early glory days of Todd McFarlane's Spawn art.  Sure some of this art will get him banned in Texas school and public libraries.  Some of it may even cause him to end up in Hell, side by side with Billy Kincaid.  In the meantime, however, Javi is giving Hell-spawned readers their hellish delights.

Tonight, a vampire might be floating outside your house, scratching on your window.  It will be holding a copy of King Spawn #6 just for you.  Seriously, this is a fantastic comic book, and it always, always leaves me wanting more.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Spawn will want to read King Spawn.

[This comic book includes “Spawning Ground” Presents “The Breakdown,” which is an interview of King Spawn writer, Sean Lewis.]


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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