Spawn #300 is finally upon us!! Spawn/Al Simmons officially becomes the longest-running independent comic in history and all he had to do to achieve it was go to hell (I don’t advise doing that). Writer/Artist Todd McFarlane pulls out all the stops with a stellar cast of insanely brilliant talents including Greg Capullo, J. Scott Campbell, Jason Shawn Alexander, Jerome Opena, and Scott Synder. So does Spawn #300 live up to the hype? It’s Spawn #300 — of course it does!
Todd McFarlane really brings his A-game to Spawn #300, delivering a beautifully well-crafted story that brings Al Simmons’ past, present, and future full circle. It provides Al with the closure he’s been long searching for and puts Spawn face to face with an old nemesis he thought he had dispatched for good. McFarlane even takes a page out of Quentin Tarantino’s book, taking us back and filling in some unanswered questions from the previous issue. Not all characters, unfortunately, make it out alive in Spawn #300, but life will always have its casualties.
One of the things that have always made Spawn such a fantastic series to me is the relatability to its creator. McFarlane has long been an inspiration in the industry as a guy who wanted to tell his own story his way. Both Todd and Spawn have done an impeccable job of standing up to impossible tasks and somehow coming out on top. It’s nice to see that 27 years later, Spawn, like his creator, keeps reaching new heights to tell new and exciting stories. Here’s to 300 more issues.
This may be the only time I’m honestly at a loss for words when it comes to describing the artwork in a comic. What I can tell you is it’s broken up into five chapters and is visually stunning. Whether you’re a fan of Capullo, Alexander, Opena, Campbell, or McFarlane, there’s something special for everyone. It was also bittersweet to see Capullo return, as I once begged him to do so at a meet and greet. Each artist encompasses a significant moment that helps drive Spawn’s story forward and sets up a bigger storyline coming in the future.
Next Up, Spawn #301
Spawn #300, even at seventy-plus pages, is a fun and engaging read. The book closes the door on the past, flawlessly builds up new beginnings, and looks to send Spawn into a promising future. Get your hands on this book as fast as you can on digital or at your local comic shop. It does not disappoint.