Spawn: Spawn's Universe #1

Writer: Todd McFarlane Artist: Jim Cheung, Todd McFarlane, Stephen Segovia, Marcio Takara Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 23, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 16
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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A double-sized issue that begins a storyline so huge that three NEW SPAWN-related monthly titles will spill out from it, including...

A new SPAWN title.
And a new TEAM book bringing a handful of these characters together in their own book.
With this one-shot...the world of SPAWN changes forever! New heroes. New villains, and more importantly, new titles coming to a comic shop near you. Join this list of artists as we unveil a historic moment in the mythology of SPAWN'S UNIVERSE:

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  • 10
    DC Comics News - Carl Bryan Jun 29, 2021

    Buy this book and keep supporting the Spawn Universe! Here's hoping that all of the issues in this timeline are as rich as this one is! Read Full Review

  • 10 - Patrick Cavanaugh Jun 23, 2021

    It's entirely possible that the potential narrative that this initial sets up is what makes it so rewarding, with subsequent issues possibly falling short of those expectations, it's clear that McFarlane wasn't kidding about all Spawn roads leading to this, as it's primed to be the Spawn to end all Spawns. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jun 24, 2021

    Spawn's Universe#1 is an artistic powerhouse, led by a group of seriously talented creators who feel determined to take this franchise to the next level. It's a love letter to long-form storytelling and the potential that only comics can provide, delivering an unforgettable one-shot and launching a brand new universe that doesn't show any signs of slowing down soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - glimmer0415 Jun 23, 2021

    Spawn's Universe #1 has been advertised as a pivotal piece in the future of Spawn comics, and after reading the issue " I would agree. In this reader's opinion, this issue is as important to "Spawn" as issues 100, 200, 300 and various others were. It clearly sets the direction for the future of the new titles as well as for the current Spawn monthly title. Anyone interested in reading Spawn comics in the near future needs to pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BGCP - Benjamin Milne Jun 25, 2021

    In conclusion, Spawn's Universe #1 is a bleak but fruitful taste of everyone's favourite Hellspawn and his return to the world of comic books is grandiose with a mighty blaze of biblically proportionate brooding and satirically dark realism. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Shane Tydeman Jun 21, 2021

    All in all " this is a must read for Spawn fans or new fans looking for an alternative to the Big 2! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Nick Friar Jun 23, 2021

    Spawn's Universe #1 is a successful showcase of the world McFarlane has created. For new readers trying to find a way into Spawn's world, this is a good place to great place to get to know the newer characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jun 23, 2021

    Spawn's Universe #1 acts as the supersized debut for a new shared universe featuring the hellish antihero, along with his allies and enemies. With Spawn's 30th anniversary on the horizon, McFarlane is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to his signature creation. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Jun 25, 2021

    Its an anthology catalog of future projects that is very well drawn, but the stories are either very densely packed with insider information or too short to be interesting on their own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Elizabeth Buck Jun 24, 2021

    Disappointing writing choices undermine an otherwise exciting introduction to Spawn's expanded universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Jun 21, 2021

    Spawn Universe #1 introduces us to the next generation of Spawn inspired heroes in a book that's too reminiscent of the original Image Comics of the early '90s. The problem is, it ain't the '90s anymore. But, has anyone told Todd? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Josh Rathbun Jun 23, 2021

    Overall, Spawn's Universe #1 is a tiny bit confusing to read but its nice to look at. Im hoping its just that Im not a monthly Spawn reader that causes it but then it begs the question: is this a good jumping-on point for new readers to Spawn? I think that Spawns Universe will be a rewarding experience for those who have stuck with the title but thats it, outside of just simple artistic enjoyment. Still, Spawn is 300+ issues old and a new launching pad should still offer something for the older readers. Hopefully, newer readers can make sense of it all. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Matt Fischer Jun 27, 2021

    While not brilliant, this giant book gives the reader a reason to keep with the Spawn universe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 28, 2021

    Spawn's Universe #1 is big, brash, and loud. In other words, it's a Spawn comic. It also offers a turning point for a character who has been around since the beginning. No doubt loyal Spawn readers will get more out of it than I did. Read Full Review

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