Well the preview of 219 is up and its from CBR!! The conclusion of Spawn vs Freakbolgia.
Spawn 219 Preview
Spawn 219 is out this Wednesday, May 2nd.
Can anybody recommend me a good jump on point ? I was thinking issue 200. Which issue was the current spawn introduced? that might be a good place to start.
I have tried so hard to like the Soawn comics but they're just not that good. Kudrianski's art is the only reason I picked up #201 after trying out some earlier issues and his art is fantastic. But, McFarlane needs to stop writing this book NOW. His dialogue and plots are just not that good.
You think so? I think hes doing a lot better than his work on Endgame and am really liking the current direction, both in art and story.
I think they're MUCH better now but they're just not interesting.
I agree with you 100% on the art though. It is fantastic.
So...anyone get 219?
219 - Eye of the Storm Part 1
After a pretty awesome 218, I'm still trying to think about 219. Art-wise its again a fantastic issue with visuals that we haven't seen before from Kudranski which are pretty cool with both how he handles Heaven-powered Jim and the new look of Spawn. However with the content I'm somewhat conflicted I guess. This issue brings back a plot point from Endgame (specifically issue 191 where the angel accused Jim, at the time in Spawn form, of doing something unforgivable to God). What I originally thought of this was that since Jim was a member of the Legion, as issue 200 suggested, it could be said that he aided Al Simmons in the sealing of God towards the end of the Armageddon arc. However this issue decided to take that in a completely different direction that makes me question - are they piling on the mysteries of Jim Downing and is it starting to get overwhelming and the answer to that is yes.
So now Jim was in fact Director Kramer a researcher working for Jason Wynn to develop the new super soldier which from that birthed Freak and Tremor. When he attempted to become his own patient his soul went to Heaven where he attempted to kill God, failed, and was sent to Hell in exchange for 1000 souls. There he made brief contact with the soul of Al Simmons and I suppose from there Jim somehow got in contact with Al possibly through the Legion so that he can be the new Spawn. Though how all of this happened without Jim being technically dead is what really bothers me. The last couple of pages hint at something that I wonder if he'll be after Jim or the symbiote though I guess it would be the symbiote. Their is an error though with the issue they referenced where the symbiote talked to Freakbolgia stating that it was the symbiote that put the evil in Freak and that it was in issue 73 which is false. It was in fact issue 70, issue 73 was the fight between the Heap and Spawn that lead to the introduction of the Greenworld.
At the end all I can think of was waiting and seeing where this goes because I'm unsure of how to feel about this. Hopefully 220 can shed some more light on this.
Yeah there were some things that through me this issue too, not least of all the Freak Issue 70/73 reference.
What i didnt quite grasp was how the costume was able to excorsise Malebolgia from Freak. He put "the evil" there back in #70 which killed Freak and sent him to Hell. Doing that apparently made Al/The Costume/Jim (?) the Freaks master (wha?) so he could pull Malebolgia out. mkay?
I would agree that the stuff on Jims past is beginning to pile up. We still dont know just how he became a member of the Legion or how he was put in a coma (unless that was a result of the experiment he performed on himself), let alone how he was able to become a Hellspawn/Legion member despite still being alive.
Nevertheless im still really enjoying the book and am glad things are finally beginning to kick off.
SPOILER NOTICE (NOT PERTAINING TO STORY THOUGH)
end of spoilers
I can't believe nobody mentioned that Will Carlton IS Todd McFarlane! He's been writing this all along. He talks about it in the letters page.
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The Legion thing still boggles my mind. From what we know Jim put himself in a coma becoming his own patient for 5 years. Way before this, he was working with Wynn on the super soldier creating Freak, Tremor, and up until Patient 46 (somehow Overtkill too, but I don't see the connection). I guess it could be taken that he "died", but wouldn't that have happened way before Al died? Since Jim had his episode in Heaven and then sent to Hell and briefly saw Al then how could Jim be a Legion member if the criteria was that the people died on or around the time Al died? I have to imagine Jim "died" way before that, but then how could that be if Al turned into Jim back in issue 3? This is so damn confusing lol, wheres Man of Miracles when we need him/her/it lol.
I'm still enjoying things especially on the art front, but I just think they introduced something that requires a really good explanation and not a half-assed one and hopefully 220 can do that.
Hi: I'm new to the forum, I've been reading this thread for a while now. I was a fan of comics back in the 90s and used to read all sorts of titles. I returned a few months ago and I've been catching up with all the new "classic" stuff like Y: The Last Man and Transmetropolitan. I used to love Spawn and I have an incomplete run from issues 1 to about 25 that I'm planning to complete.
What I wanted to ask you guys that have been reading if for so long, is: Up to what issue is it worth buying? Which are good stopping and returning points, say completing from 1 to 26 something like that and then from 180 to 200, just to put a random example. I'm definitly not buying 200+ issues.
I appreciate the help, thank you.