Review: ‘Spawn (Of The Dead)’ #223

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Spawn has always come across as supremely dark, and no matter how heroic he is in his actions, he will be a villainous hellspawn in the end. As a child, I loved the character. Hell, I even loved the movie. Nostalgia creeps into my heart and soul every time I see the name Spawn, and unfortunately “Spawn (Of The Dead)” #223 hurts my childhood self a little bit. Todd McFarlane obviously knows his way around the character and his world, so it’s a surprise how dull and uneventful the issue is. Luckily the artistic creativity of Szymon Kudranski saves the book from being completely lacking in substance.

WRITTEN BY: Todd McFarlane
ART BY: Szymon Kudranski
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: September 5th, 2012

In the guise of Spawn, Jim Downing, and Richard Masulls as Tremor, continue to track down the origins of their alternate personalities by locating people with information, and subsequently torturing them. As questions (and fists) fly, the torture scenes are filled with dialogue in order to advance the plot, but are less than thrilling. The rest of this book revolves around flash backs spawing from this torture session, which helps the team and put together peaces of their past.

The book is loaded with dialogue, which takes away from any proper pacing. The dialogue is a overbearing, and draws attention away from the artwork, which is upon examining, is the best part of the issue. Kudranski does an outstanding job giving Spawn, and the rest of the characters, the truly defined look that I’ve come to love in Spawn books. The details of Spawn’s “mouth” during the torture scenes is reminiscent of Christopher Nolan’s Demon Batman from Batman Begins; a hellish black demon with a melting face would be enough to get any thug talking. The effort and consistency of Kudranski and Plascenia work delivers the mood of the book where McFarlane’s script is lacking. Kudranski’s Spawn is one of my favorites to date; the smoking green eyes take me back to my child hood and remind me of my love for the character.

The issue ultimately lacks heart and action. I was craving more carnage and less talk, but the cliffhanger ending offers hope that next issue will pack more of a punch.

2/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – GreenBasterd