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Spawn #159

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006
By: Caryn A. Tate

Writer: David Hine
Artists: Philip Tan (p), Danny Miki, Allen Martinez, Ryan Winn, Crime Lab Studios, Jonathan Glapion (i), Brian Haberlin, Troy (colors)

Publisher: Image Comics

As a brand new reader of Spawn, I wasnít at all sure what the expect. Unlike some newcomers to the comic itself, I actually knew nothing about the character. Iíve heard the name, and thatís about it.

But this issue was surprisingly new reader friendly, especially since it's smack in the middle of a current storyline. A small summary of the previous issue can be found at the beginning of this one, giving us a little background of the storyline; but honestly, the main reason I was able to follow what happened was due to the actual writing and script.

The storyline here is a sort of fantasy apocalyptic one, involving the Fitzgerald family. Their two small children, a boy and a girl, are apparently God and the devil in human form; their mother, Wanda, is at the point of losing her mind because of it. I inferred from the writing that Spawn has feelings for Wanda, so he is tied to what happens to this family. What follows are the struggles of the family, Spawnís personal fight, and of course, the apocalypse.

Despite the positive aspects to this story that I mention above, sometimes this storyline borders on being silly. At these times, so many wild things happen at once, itís a little disconcerting. While the essence of the story is fantastic, silliness shouldnít be an automatic by-product of fantasy.

This may be tied to the fact that Iím a new Spawn reader, but it also seems that the characterization is too brief to be effective. Instead of feeling that I got a little bit of personality from each person, it often seemed more like the characters were archetypes with no real emotion or motivation that separated them as individuals.

The art and the colors are appropriately dark, considering the setting. The pencils are effective in displaying emotion and in storytelling, and the inks are subtle; they never overshadow the pencils that they highlight.

Overall, the issue is an entertaining read, something that I may not mind picking up if I was just looking for an enjoyable but not particularly challenging comic.

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