King Spawn #4
Throughout the first three issues of King Spawn, I’ve wondered in the back of my mind about where this story takes place in the greater story of Spawn. It’s never taken away from King Spawn’s story, but the two appeared to be running parallel.
Written by: Sean Lewis with Todd McFarlane
Art by: Javier Fernandez
Colors by: FCO PLascencia
Letters by: Andworld Design
King Spawn #4 was the first issue where I didn’t think that for one second during my reading, which should be all you need to know. While the direction of this series has been clear from the beginning, there were other elements that kept the main Spawn title in mind. But between the action and expansion of the plot, it feels as though Sean Lewis has comfortably separated his title from Todd McFarlane’s — and in the best way possible.
Whether you’re a longtime Spawn reader or new to the character, Lewis has taken care of you through this series. Some older characters are popping up — it looks like one could appear next issue — but things have changed since we last saw them. And that’s only going to complicate things further for Spawn.
On top of everything Lewis has done with the plotting and dialogue, Javier Fernandez’s artwork gives this series the perfect mix of action and horror. It’s apparent he and Lewis are getting more comfortable with the character and each other from issue to issue.
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