Spawn 276: new DARK HORROR arc is noir plus bone chilling story told as a visceral mystery with wild gore and bleak, stunning art for a scarily fun and wholly uncharted territory.
Let this sink in: Spawn 276 starts a horror and mystery story arc.
It is gritty, bloody, full of snot, shadows blacker than even the pages of Spawn are used to, and throughout a mystery needs unraveling or Al Simmon’s daughter may be lost to the horror that lurks on the edge of her sight.
Few have eyes for talent like Todd McFarlane whose own brilliant art and creations – say cape-genius in Batman, Spawn, and so many others, or just say genius because he is – have brought in the likes of Greg Capullo (pencils) years ago and now Darragh Savage (writer) and Jason Sean Alexander (art + co-writer) on Spawn’s newest twisted tale.
Issue 276 kicks off the first part of DARK HORROR with Cyan set in a starkly vivid, yet surreal, Tokyo that is neither bright nor modern-feeling.
What comes across are the grays, the resonating expressions, and the unsettling things that start happening.
Cyan sees what looks like a Japanese ghoul, a young dead woman who pulls her own heart from her chest and holds it up for Cyan in the middle of a crowd.
The journey gets more unhinged.
The ghoul literally smiles and then pulls her jaw down and off of her face in a bloody clump before dropping it to the ground.
No one else can seem to see Cyan’s horrific haunter. Her comrades see nothing. The crowd sees nill.
But Al Simmons can.
There are sheets of rain, humans caged in dog kennels, and spectacularly unsettling feelings caught in the suspenseful facial squints, strained cheeks, and wet eyes.
Action is sparse, for a while at least, but the mystery deepens.
The tension is palpable. And it is scary.
When a splash page showcases Spawn atop a building gripping a neon light that cannot make a dent in the shadows that envelop him, a truly unique and imaginative story and work of art grips the reader by the throat and will not let up or loosen for a single second until the book ends.
We, the reader, are ensnared every bit as much as Spawn is on his detective’s quest to uncover the source of the undead that most cannot see.
While the Image 25th Anniversary continues to celebrate a long period of innovative fiction and amazing original comic art in 2017, Spawn does not sit back to rehash its past but plunges forward, diving into the unknown depths of a black sea calling for us all to swim.
And the same week that this issue hit your local comic shop [like Red Shirt Comics in Port Jefferson], Spawn creator Todd McFarlane announced his partnership with Blumhouse Productions (Insidious) where he will make his directorial debut bringing Spawn to the big screen as a detective-driven story (via Spawn regular Twitch) in a Spawn world where the anti-hero and supernatural deeply affect the observant in the world at large.
"Spawn 276: New DARK HORROR Arc Is Noir Plus Bone Chilling" was written by R.J. Huneke and first posted on POWkabam.com.
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