Book Title: Spawn #319
Book Description: In Spawn’s Universe #1 we got to take a trip to Omega Island. With everything that transpired there Spawn realized there was a lot more happening with the Shadow Players than he originally believed. Spawn #319 takes us to Fositano, Italy. That’s where a quaint little Italian restaurant is owned and operated by Gino Spadillo. Gino is the perfect owner and boss. His customer service skills are second to none. He takes care of his employees to the point of sending his waiter’s parents on a vacation. He’s willing to do his part to ensure that every dining experience is memorable. As it turns out, Gino is also a vampire. Spawn pays him a visit because other vampires have said Gino has a file about some of the Shadow Players. Poor Gino didn’t know what a hell spawn looked like before this encounter. It’s unfortunate. I liked Gino. With the file in hand Spawn let’s a New York City detective know about the humans on a list that are financially backing the Shadow Players. Spawn needs help dealing with the mortals while he’s fighting bigger fights. One of those fights is going to be with Jericho, who just came into town with Cy-Gor still in his control. Before things get too far along Cy-Gor goes into a frenzied rage that knocks over the semi truck he’s being hauled in. That’s when we see another character join the fray. Soul Crusher is on the scene and ready to announce his presence with authority.
Book Author: Todd McFarlane
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics
Illustrator: Carlo Barberi
I loved this cover! Out of all characters in the Spawn universe, Violator is my favorite. I was rather disappointed that he didn’t make an appearance in this issue. That happens from time to time with variant covers.
This story was very solid. The way we got to know Gino was a terrific example of how to develop a character and make the reader feel like they know someone quickly.
I would have liked to see more gravitas. There never seemed to be a sense of urgency in the story. I don’t think anyone reading this issue thought for even a moment that Gino was coming out of that fight victorious.
I did like how the narrative coupled with the dialogue allows a new reader to have something of a grasp on what is taking place. Far too often creative teams expect readers to be subject matter experts on their titles. It drives would-be fans away if they’re not able to follow the story. That is not the case with Spawn #319.
I enjoyed the interior artwork. For a human, Soul Crusher looks pretty bad ass. I’m eager to see how he fares in a scrum with a pissed off Cy-Gor.
At the end of the day I consider this issue to be well done. It has some action, drama, and good artwork. With a cover price under $3.00, Spawn #319 is aces in this geek on a budget’s book.
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