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by Todd McFarlane

eBook Spawn: Origins Volume 1 (Spawn Origins Collection) download ISBN: 160706071X
Author: Todd McFarlane
Publisher: Image Comics (May 19, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 160
ePub: 1382 kb
Fb2: 1252 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Comics
Subcategory: Graphic Novels

Featuring the stories and artwork (by Todd McFarlane himself!) that laid the groundwork for the most successful independent comic book ever published. Spawn Origins Volume 1 includes the introduction of not only Spawn, but also a number of other memorable and menacing characters, including Malebolgia and the Violator. Collects Spawn #1-6.
Comments: (7)
Efmprof
This collection of Spawn issues 1 - 6 is perfect for any fan of Spawn who wants to relive those days in the nineties when Spawn was hugely popular. This is also the perfect way to introduce new readers to the creative world that Todd McFarlane introduced with all of it's creepy and evil moments with the victorious, testosterone driven heroic moments expected with Super hero comics, with some of the campiness thrown in as well.

I will briefly touch on the best points of this collection and the worst, and let you judge on whether you agree that this is the perfect, most cost efficient way to dive back into the former flagship series of Image comics!

+ The Artwork

With Todd McFarlane, you either love or hate his style. One way I would describe him is creating focus through eccentricities in his scenery, from the large and fluttering cape which Spawn wears to the different color contrasts used. Generally, you could say that the artwork is mostly solid with vivid, yet wild, imagery which I personally consider a great example to showcase McFarlane's talents in bringing an unknown independently owned superhero into mainstream nerd popularity. Where everything is not 100% perfection, like how odd a child character Cyan looks, as her face and appendages seem sort of bloated. Small issues like this very seldomly occur, but the other 98% or so is completely awesome, given you appreciate McFarlane's style which clearly was influenced by comics he read or even worked on. So I would say this is a positive, while some will disagree.

+ The Story

I detailed most of the general Spawn story in my review for the animated series, so I will generally say this: Spawn is a badass Superhero whom is someone whom made a deal with the Devil to return to Earth in exchange for his services as a Hellspawn, or harvester of souls for Hell's army. Through these underworldly themes, the story is not your traditional Superhero vs. Villain conflict, as Spawn conflicts with universal forces like Hell/Heaven, supreme beings, crime bosses, cronies, and so many other types. With these sorts, some of these issues even feel like suspense/horror driven, with Spawn even toppling a serial killer in issue 5 - "Justice" (As titled in book). It combines terror with mythic elements into the Superhero genre, and it is apparent why this comic took off like it did! Just Spawn himself, being a Hell bound being who yet uses his wicked powers for his sense of Justice is a familiar story, but with Spawn is done in such a unique and twisted way. Just be warned, if you like this as much as I did, you will want to get vol. 2 pretty shortly after to tie up more loose ends. It becomes addicting! JUST BE WARNED, THIS IS NOT A COMIC FOR CHILDREN!!

+ Presentation

I think this is one of the best graphic novel/trade paper back editions of this comic, and actually superior in quality to the originals. I have a first edition Spawn # 1, and compared to the copy in the Origins collection, it doesn't look as nice. (Mind you, this issue is in Very Fine-Near Mint condition.) This is not to say it looks awful, but the glossy pages the TPB uses is far superior in durability and is glossy rather than traditional comic stock. This is perfect when you actually want to keep originals in good condition (although Spawn #1 1st ed. is NOT a valuable comic), and it works well to give you a fairly lengthy read, for a comic (I can finish one in about a half an hour or so, but usually in 45 minutes with few breaks.). The cover, for a paperback, is appealing and actually looks pretty good sitting on a bookshelf!

- Pace

This is really my only negative point here, and it is the pace of the action and story in these early Spawn issues. Granted, this is knit picking completely, and I generally see these as superb! But I could never shake the feeling that I just wanted to know more, and that these comics were some of the best at leaving you on the edge of your seat until the end of the issue, only to find that what you have been wanting to find out all along is in the next issue. This is not problematic until you finish issue 6. Without giving anything away, I will say it leaves you wanting more! And where this fits pace is where some pages are dedicated to ficticious news panel spreads or a page or so as imagery pertaining to what Spawn is thinking, while they leave some questions unanswered just to keep you going. I get that they need their cliff hangers to sell their next issues, but sometimes it just feels excessive in Spawn specifically. It is a small flaw to me, but others may find it really aggrivating.

-- Overview --

I think this is one of my comic series ever because Spawn, his identity's problems, and his willingness to keep his human sense of conscience, even being a cursed being, is so compelling. You can tell there are other superhero influences, but you can also see horror influences and even a strange sense of satiric comedy in it. It gets campy in parts, and feels a little lighter in tone than the HBO animated series that Spawn spawned, but I personally like it better. For one, it wasn't cancelled in middle of a huge story arc, and also because it shows Spawn as an evil being holding onto the remnants of his soul through those he still has in his new life, not just those he misses form his old like he mainly was in the show. The art is stunning and for about ten bucks, I say it is well worth it to catch up on Spawn, remember why he was so awesome, and/or to understand why this was what set Image off when they started in the early nineties.

To me, considering the flaws others may see, I give it a 9/10. I personally think it is near perfect though, aside from my minor pacing gripes, which is why it is 5 stars above. One of the best hero origin stories and introductions ever!
Voodoogore
Spawn is my favorite superhero, by far he is everything Batman wishes he could be and more. He's dark and brooding and he actually kills his enemies so there is no vicious circle of cat and mouse. This is a great read and it has McFarlane's original art. I love it!
Bloodray
The Mafia are sending a cyborg assassin, Overtkill, to take out whoever is killing their men. On wrong info, they decide that Spawn is the killer and send Overtkill in to finish him. Spawn has to escape after sustaining serious injuries, he decides to go back to his basic training as a soldier and use the skills he already has without draining his superpowers.

He makes it to an armory and gears up for the next confrontation.

The thing I really liked about this issue was the art work in the action scenes, the energy created in the panels was incredible. As a character I wasn't that keen on Overtkill but it was good to see that Spawn has decided to change strategies and use the knowledge he already has for his mission on earth, which to be honest still isn't really that clear.
Landaron
This was a great introduction to Spawn, the hero from Hell. The book contains the first six issues of Spawn's comic book series. Not only was the story good, but the art was very vivid and cool to look at as well. Overall, if you're looking for a dark read, or if you're wanting to start reading Spawn, then this book is for you.
Simple fellow
I read this series years ago when it was first published. Still is as good as I remember. I wish the movie was as good. I heard they are doing another movie and I hope it is better than the first and as good as the book.
Kaghma
spawn is great, I'm not going to leave a comment about it because that's a given. as for quality of these reprints 10/10 I have the orignals and I buy these to read and to have and to share. they are 15-20 in stores. cheaper here and got here within 48 hours or sooner. A1 quality.
Cia
Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld and their merry band of inkers and scribblers moved on from the publishing slaughterhouse of Marvel Comics to form their own brand of magic in Image. Soon, along with Marvel and DC, they became legion. Too many years had passed with artists treated badly, raped of thier work and paid a pittance for their scemes and visions. So says Frank Miller in the foreward to this first glimpse of the Spawn comic phenomenon.

Enter Image Comics. Enter Todd McFarlane. Enter Spawn.

The Empire is made.

Spawn starts off where most comics had not before this time in early '92. Al Simmons, an ex-paramilitary assassin, hired gun, mercenary, etc.... wakes up and finds that he had died and gone to hell and sold his soul to come back to earth to see his wife. Weird. Yeah. Only Al (Spawn) finds out that five years have passed since he died and that his wife Wanda has remaried his best friend and they now have a child together (something Simmons could never do). Ouch. Life sucks. The Devil (Malebolgia) has screwed him bigtime! Enter The Violator, an entity and emissary of Malebolgia's, hiding his truly hideous demonic form behind the guise of a short, fat, disguting clown. Really weird.

Spawn works on levels that Marvel and DC couldn't or wouldn't touch at the time. More adult in its themes. More skin. More violence. More vulgarity (without outright profanity). Issues illustrated and discussed in Spawn were darker and more relevant than anything that was going on in the big publishers comic collections. Corruption and greed, murder, rape and despair....

What McFarlane did in the creation of Image and Spawn was giving the artists and writers back their pride and their rights to make a profit on their own creations and move away from the tired characters that Marvel had been toting around for decades. What he did with Spawn was create a anti-hero/vigilante Hellspawn kick-ass comic legend. Sure it got tired as it drug on, but the begining was fresh. Dark. Deep.

Dig it.