Yesterday I finally bought my copy of Spawn #300. What did I think of the book? Well, first I wanna give a full disclaimer that I've been a fan of Spawn since issue #1 all the way back in 1992; as a matter I didn't know who Todd McFarlane was before Spawn so I wasn't in on how popular he was on Spider-Man. I say that to say this, I probably have a lot more invested than the casual fan who'll buy this book because of the novelty of it all; I've been following since day one and it's a culmination of a gargantuan endeavour by Todd McFarlane. Another disclaimer, I've never actually read those Todd McFarlane issues of Spider-Man; I've seen some of the art but I don't or have never owned those books. I know... crazy!
But back to the book at hand... Spawn #300! There's books you hear about and never come to fruition, there's books you dream about but never materialize and then there's a book that even thinking about it makes you laugh because of how ridiculous it seems; Spawn #300 falls into the latter. Not because the books didn't have any legs or the character sin't popular enough or whatever reasoning you can come up with; the main thing is in order to reach 300 issues of a monthly comic book series you have to endure... 300 MONTHS OF NON-STOP PUBLICATION! To say it's a Herculean effort would be an understatement and to have anything but pure admiration for Todd McFarlane at this point is simply inexcusable hate and borderline stupidity. The man deserves as much respect as anyone that's ever drawn or written a comic book, he's a true titan in our industry and I for one am happy I got to witness greatness with my own two eyes. Hopefully one day I get to meet the man behind the Spawn.
So what did I think of Spawn #300?
I loved it for many reasons. First I got to Todd McFarlane draw Spawn again and he still got it! The story was creepy in the best ways possible and establishes what's to come from Spawn going forward. We also get to meet the new players that are going to be helping Al Simmons in his battle against Heaven and Hell for the souls of humanity which was very cool! We got to see J. Scott Campbell draw interior pages again which was amazing but for me, the icing on the cake was seeing Greg Capullo draw interior art on Spawn again! My favorite artist drawing the book I feel in love with his art with once again... that alone was worth the price tag of $7.99 to me. And some people have told me "well, I wish he didn't gouge the readers wit han $8 buck book" and to that I say this... the book is 72 pages long, with art by 5 amazing artists INCLUDING Todd McFarlane! Plus, Spawn's regular price tag is $2.99, which other mainstream book can you buy with that price tag? In all honesty, I would've paid $9.99 no problem just to see Greg Capullo draw interior art on Spawn again, but also getting J.Scott Campbell interior art AND Todd McFarlane interior art... TAKE MY MONEY!!!
THE LAST WORD
If you haven't bought this book because you think you're too late in the story and you'll be lost, go buy it; this is a true jumping on point. If you haven't gotten it because you think it's a novelty, go buy it; it's a fantastic story with amazing art and the beginning of a new exciting chapter for Spawn. If you're an Image fan but not really into 90's characters, go buy it; expand your horizons and don't box yourself into the same type of books. Give this book a chance, I have a feeling you won't regret it.