Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Todd McFarlane & Jon Goff
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander & Todd McFarlane
Letters: Tom Orzechoski
I have to admit that I'm just starting to read Spawn on issue #300 after dropping the book on issue #100 way back when. Back then, I thought the book had reached it's climax with Angela dying, Spawn being able to control his body enough to revert back to his real face (Al Simmons) and killing Malebolgia and becoming the King of Hell; but the main reason was that Greg Capullo was leaving the book after issue #100. So I was ok with dropping the book for good. Heck, I had a 100-issue run that I loved and regularly go back to and read; I don't need any more Spawn stories... or so I thought.
Then, a few months back Spawn #300 hit the shelves; and all of sudden the realization that I hadn't picked up a Spawn book in a few years hit me like a ton of bricks. I had this uncontrollable urge to pick it up that it wasn't even a choice, my mind was already made up; so I did. If you wan to read my thoughts on that book here's the link to my review: Manuel Reviews... Spawn #100. But this time I'm reviewing the subsequent issues #301 and #302.
First off, the story takes us on an entirely new status quo for Spawn; which is risky and refreshing. He's always dealt with his problems (for the most part) by himself, and even when Cog, Angela, Terry, Sam & Twitch helped him out; he accepted their help reluctantly. Now, realizing he's depleted of damn near all of his powers; he comes to the realization that he won't be able to take on this war that's coming by himself. So far I'm in.
Now let's talk about the artwork on this book. On issue #301 we get art from Greg Capullo, Todd McFarlane, Clayton Crain, Jerome Opeña and the regular artist Jason Shawn Alexander. The book is great because it gives you different flavors for different chapters, which helps the story move along and gives each chapter a difference ambience; so far I'm loving it. Things change in issue #302. My problem (if you can call it that) is that the book's regular artist's art is the weakest of the five artists on issue #301, and that's a problem.
Don't get me wrong, it isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination; but when you compare it to McFarlane's or Capullo's art or even Opeña's art; you notice something is not quite on par. I'm guessing Todd sees something in Jason's art that he likes for Spawn and I have to admit, on some pages the art kicks ass; but for the most part to me it looks a bit sloppy. Again, maybe that's why Todd chose him to be the regular artist on the book, maybe I just need to get used to his art; but so far it's been difficult. I'll give him a chance though.
Have you read them? What do you think about Spawn's new direction? Do you like JasonShawn Alexander's art?