Writer: Todd McFarlane
Art: Carlo Barberi
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 30, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
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Spawn #319 written by Todd McFarlane with art by Carlo Barberi centers around Spawn’s mission to find and destroy heaven & hells thousands of “loyal agents” who are hidden around the world. After uncovering a file with the names & location of some of these “shadow players,” Spawns pays a visit to Detective Sam Burke and his partner Twitch Williams, to enlist their help. Meanwhile, Jericho & a “mystery man” plan to use a captured Cy-Gor as a trap to lure Spawn to them. Finally, who is the mysterious “Soul Crusher” who appears on the scene?
Spawn #319 is a fun, enjoyable read that most Spawn fans will enjoy. McFarlane weaves enough interest through dialogue, action & subplots to keep readers interested throughout the book. I especially enjoyed the first scene, which takes place at a restaurant in Italy and centers around restaurant owner Gino Spadillo. When I started reading about Gino I thought this might be a “stand-alone” issue with no connection to what has gone before in Spawn #318 and the more recently released Spawn Universe #1. I was wrong. McFarlane did an excellent job of connecting this opening scene with the overall story plot of the past few months. Carlo Barberi gives us another gem with his consistent, detailed, visually stunning artwork. This issue, like most Spawn comics, has multiple covers to choose from. However, it is worth noting that although the main cover by Bjorn Barends is beautiful, it has nothing to do with the story. Readers expecting to see “Clown” or “Violator” in this issue will be disappointed.
Spawn #319 is worth the price of admission (still only $2.99). Although its main purpose is to continue the storyline that has been running through the series for the past few months, in this reviewer’s opinion it is a good starting point for new readers. There’s enough here for new readers to understand what is going on and jump aboard for the ride!