Rating: 4/5 – Erik Larsen Penciling Spawn?!?
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas
Lately it seems as though Spawn heads in an all new new direction, or announces a new creative each time I’m ready to read a new issue when I fall behind a bit. That’s the case yet again when I read issue number 259. It started with previous issue, but since that was mostly a silent issue I thought I’d review this one, number 259. What’s different this time? Well, gone is Paul Jenkins and in his place is the all new (for now) creative team of Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen!
That’s right, long time Image talent and Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen is now, along with Spawn creator Todd McFarlane co-plotting, scripting and penciling Image’s longest running title. I actually had quite a bit of fun with this issue. If there’s one thing consistent with Spawn over the years, it’s Al Simmons’ love for his wife Wanda and his never ending journey to be reunited with her. That’s a major portion of this issue as Spawn takes on Satan himself in a battle for the symbiotic suit. We’ve never actually seen Satan despite Spawn’s two-hundred and fifty plus issues so this one’s a big deal.
Larsen handles the majority of the pencils and you can definitely see his style. There’s a ton of energy on the page that you come to expect from Larsen and there’s a sensational two-page splash that has Spawn narrowly avoiding a Satan’s gigantic fist that looks as though it’s coming right off the page. For a book whose synopsis is “dead man battling demons and Satan himself to try and rescue his tortured wife”, this book had me smiling with all of the action and wonderful art. I know this book isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan of Larsen and have a minimal knowledge of Spawn, then this book is easy to get into and a joy to read. Larsen may not be on Spawn for long, but while he is I’ll make sure not to miss an issue!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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