Book Title: King Spawn #1
Book Description: A suicide bomber in Seattle, Washington detonates a bomb in a kindergarten classroom, killing all of the children and causing national outrage. There is evil at work here. It runs much deeper than humans know.
Spawn is on the case. Being the supernatural detective he is he learns that Metatron is behind this random act of violence. But who is giving Metatron his marching orders? What’s the significance of Psalms: 137? Spawn must solve these riddles before it’s too late.
In addition to the primary story, we get some promotional pieces for some of the other upcoming Spawn Titles. We get to learn more about the new titles in pieces called “Haunt”, “Nightmare”, “The Hero”, and “Gunslinger”.
Book Author: Sean Lewis and Todd McFarlane
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics
Illustrator: Javi Fernandez (King Spawn)
With as much hype as there was surrounding the release of the first issue of King Spawn, I found it to be a touch disappointing.
Don’t get me wrong. From cover to cover the artwork is fantastic. The creative team puts on an absolute show for us in that department. The details are incredible. Words can’t describe how much I wish I could draw like this.
The main story is solid. It has a good premise. Evil has been done. Spawn is going to go forth, kick ass, and right wrongs. There isn’t much in the way of ass kicking taking place in King Spawn #1; but we get to see Spawn’s detective work. It’s very thorough and leads Spawn on the correct path to solving this puzzle.
As well written as it is I just didn’t find myself feeling emotionally invested in the outcome. This book has a cover price of $5.99. As a geek on a budget I need to be able to shout out for all that will listen how great a book is when that price tag gets over $5.00.
The trouble is I can’t here. There’s no sense of urgency. Aside from the moment that SOB killed the children there is no emotional connection to anything in the main story. The promo stories had a couple of good moments; but those are advertisements. They are supposed to.
At the end of the day I would say wait a couple months. There were a ridiculous amount of issues printed out that will find their way to the ding and dent section. At a lower price you’re getting McFarlane and company at their best. Otherwise I would recommend passing on this one.
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