It has been just over a year since Todd McFarlane released Spawn’s Universe #1 which heralded the addition of three new monthly Spawn titles to the original Spawn comic. We now have Spawn, King Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn and The Scorched. McFarlane is writing Gunslinger Spawn and drawing occasional covers for some of the comics. Spawn is currently being written by Irish writer Rory McConnville who has been writing for the British weekly comic 2000 AD. American writer Sean Lewis is writing the remaining two titles, King Spawn and The Scorched.
It’s difficult to get hold of accurate sales figures for comics these days. But from what I’ve read online or heard in interviews, all four Spawn titles are regularly in the monthly top sellers. It appears that McFarlane’s efforts have really paid off with not only the new titles selling well but also the flagship Spawn comic receiving a substantial lift in sales. Before issue #300 of Spawn was released in September 2019, the comic was shifting around just 15,000 issues a month. Now it’s said to be closer to 45,000, a huge increase which is matched by each of the new Spawn titles.
I’m late to Spawn comics. I’m not sure why but I didn’t read Spawn back when it was first released over 30 years ago. If memory serves me well, I was deep into the Vertigo titles at the time, comics like HellbIazer, Sandman, Doom Patrol and The Invisibles. I started reading Spawn after it hit isse #300 and I’m now reading all four Spawn monthly comics. The art is consistently high quality with McFarlane ensuring each of the comics has a top tier artist. I’ve been impressed by the writing, too. Sure, it’s not Shakespeare but I’m enjoying the stories and most importantly having fun reading them.
Another positive is Image Comics and Todd McFarlane’s decision to keep the comics at the $2.99 price point. With Marvel and DC’s monthly comics currently priced between $3.99 to $5.99–Action Comics, Batman and Detective Comics are all $4.99 as of writing this–the indie comics market offers the best value and quite often better stories and art than the so-called “Big Two.”
Gunslinger Spawn issue #12 came out today. I’m planning on making a video review after I get home from work tonight. So is the comic still good a year into its run? I think so and comic fans appear to agree. I think Gunslinger is the best seller out of the four Spawn titles, but they are very close. Brett Booth has been producing some seriously stunning art on the book and it reads like Todd McFarlane is really enjoying writing it. I recommend it if you are intersted in what the Spawn comics are like these days.
Thanks so much for reading!
-Wakizashi, *never thought I would become a Spawn fan but here I am.*