Spawn #185

Writer: Todd McFarlane, Brian Holguin Artist: Whilce Portacio Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 15, 2008 Critic Reviews: 5
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What new surprises can come out of a book that's been around more than 180 issues? A LOT! Featuring a brand-new creative team and the return of two Image Comics founders - TODD McFARLANE and WHILCE PORTACIO! Get ready for an event as big as issue #1!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Troy Stith Nov 2, 2008

    I picked up this title with high hopes, and in the end I was satisfied. McFarlane definitely delivered the hyped "new players, new game" storyline that Spawn needed and he has gained a returning fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Ben Berger Nov 2, 2008

    I think Jason brings up some pretty good points about this issue and Spawn as a whole. It's a series that was a top seller. Then something went wrong. Going back to issue 100, when Simmons arc seemed to end, but didn't. After killing Malebolgia instead of going to heaven and gaining redemption (a goal for much of the series), he walks away and says both sides are equally bad. That may be true, but it felt like a cop-out to keep Simmons on the title. So in my opinion, the decision to kill or remove Simmons from the equation is 84 issues late, but it's a good move. I wish he'd gotten more of a send-off, and the fact that he didn't makes me wonder if he's really gone. McFarlane's return has definitely brought some new life to the book, even one issue in. I agree that issue 185 hasn't answered many questions but I'm willing to give McFarlane the benefit of the doubt. This book's peaked my interest. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    IGN - Dan Phillips Oct 29, 2008

    So what can this Spawn newbie say about the series latest attempt at a relauch? I don't know, other than it's certainly pretty to look at, the ending made me raise an eyebrow a couple millimeters, and I was not quite sure what to make of the rest. Take from that what you will. Again, I'm not quite certain this book was intended for readers like me, regardless of what it claimed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Martijn Form Nov 2, 2008

    If you were ever a Spawn fan, you should pick this up. If not, don't bother. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Nov 2, 2008

    Don't get me wrong: a lot of people are going to love this issue, and I'll probably be back for "Endgame: Part Two." My complaint is that this was meant to be the Image equivalent of climbing into a warm bed on a cold night, but what we get are a whole lot of fireworks without any real substance. Read Full Review

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