Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Just read Spawn 300.
Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 at 10:05:28 pm EDT (Viewed 352 times)
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Got a grab bag at the LCS and it had a copy of Spawn 300 in it.

After I read it I wondered, "How does this book still exist?"

Then I read the rest of the comics in the grab bag and to be honest most of them were pretty pointless. New Marvel and DC comics are by and large awful. Awful art, dumb stories.

But still, Spawn? Nothing is good about it. Nothing. The character has a good design, until you remember as (someone pointed out in 1993) that it is Spider-Man's black symbiote costume with Ghost Rider's chains and Dr. Strange's cape. Big whup.

Storywise the whole idea was stolen from David Quinn and Tim Vigil's Faust, but Faust was well written and absolutely unbound. McFarlane and Co's writing is clunky. Laughably inept.

That's an old criticism, right? Sure it is. But it is still valid after all these years, and that's the sad part. Lots of premises are redundant, but Spawn never got past its premise and never did anything interesting with it. Spawn has been in a holding pattern for 27 years. I browse it all the time and no issue looks any different than any other issue, for 300 wasted issues. This book just endlessly gnaws on it's own premise, over and over. Read one issue and you've read all the issues. Awful, grotesque, but worst of all, lacking intelligence or humor. No humanity.

Spawn should never have made it past it's first year.

I haven't read 300, but I agree with some of your points.

I struggle to remember what drew me to it in the first place, but I was there for #1. I would say I enjoyed the book for 10 or 12 issues but then it started falling off. And I can't say why I stuck with it as long as I did but I made it to the big #100 and read most of the spinoffs up to that point. I would say from about #20-100 I couldn't tell you much of what happened.

In the early issues they promise that Al Simmons is "the chosen one" who will decide the outcome of the war between Heaven and Hell but then they seem to forget about that premise for the next 100 issues. I remember that Al's countdown timer that only gave him a limited amount of energy before he reached his second death was done away with pretty early. He just goes around dealing with abusers and low-level thugs and demons and nasties of the night.

And then with #100 he kills Malbolgia and I thought oh, that's it, he can just kill him? I think he just lops off the devil's head with a sword. Is that how you kill an immortal energy being? That seemed easy.

I don't know what happened since then, and I don't feel like I missed much.

I would point out that McFarlane said early on that he thought the art was more important than the writing which is why it was disappointing to see him hand off the art chores to lesser workers so early in the run. But then he also handed off the writing pretty early on. He was more interested in running the business, I guess. And I can't fault his action figure line, it's good. Not sure how the comic had this much staying power, though. Maybe he runs that division at a loss so he doesn't lose face. I wonder how it sells?

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