So it’s kind of a new age for me; comics have taken over my Tumblr, and now I just bought my first comic book in Spawn: Resurrection.
The tormented warrior has been a staple in the Dark Age of Comics, reaching its peak in the 90’s. To date, it is one of the best-selling and most revered independent comics of all time. What got me hooked? Well it all starts with the cover of course.
I’ve always held Kratos from the God of War games as the pinnacle of badassery. Both were similarly tormented, and that led to their rage and rebirth. The cover of this comic though, represented Spawn and his best features, like the iPhone 6S is to Apple in 2015. Bottomline: well-drawn art draws novices in.
It’s not just the cover. Inside panels depicting limbo and the creation of earth and urban chaos fill the imagination. There’s a particularly notable one in the middle where hooligans were depicted as demons on earth and it took over much of the page. The comic is just dripping with detail in all the right places, save for a few plain panels that sour the momentum.
The writing meanwhile, is overall well-written. There’s nothing unique about it, especially in the closing lines which you’re bound to think as cliche. But still, it works. Same with the dialogue between the protagonist and God; these lines you’ve probably heard before, but they’re nonetheless effective in being relatable and symbolic of society at large.
Spawn: Resurrection is a fine starting point for novices, as it sets up the story of Issues 251 and above. There are no major spoilers if you haven’t been living under a rock back in the 90’s, and the potential ones in a character’s recap of events aren’t mentioned in so much detail that purchasing old issues wouldn’t be viable. I say the new generation deserves to know Spawn and his story. Luckily they have this comic widely available for a decent price.