Written/plotted by Todd McFarlane. Drawn by Szymon Kudranski. Colored by Fco Plascencia.
As much as I appreciate the use of haze in both the interrogation scenes and the flashbacks at the lab, the colorless inked page shown on Todd’s Facebook page is much cooler. Also, the background of the interrogation scenes have a rough texture. That’s a neat touch.
Interesting moments include Spawn’s way of torturing involving bugs. While I’m not a Spawn aficionado, this issue’s decent and easy to follow. It’s worth a sample.
Written and drawn by Erik Larsen. Colored by Nikos Koutsis.
I understand the basic premise of this issue’s main plot: father deals with angry son then speaks to his native people on what course of action they should take.
However, Larsen tips his hand. Dragon makes his points after the battle with Krull to the spectators in the arena:
Might doesn’t make right!
Democracy is the way to fair leadership!
Don’t be so dogmatic!
Unfortunately, Dragon makes his point through bloated speeches where the dialogue should’ve been shortened. Put that together with Dragon’s very American attitude and Dragon becomes a preachy mouthpiece, not an alien who happens to have 20 years of experience living on Earth.
Add to that a cutaway to a Nietzschian newscast proclaiming “God is dead” which is almost a storyline non-sequitur.
Dragon’s decision in the end to leave the natives behind as elected leader and to have them think for themselves isn’t the action of someone wise and compassionate. It gives me the impression that Dragon is, deep in his heart, callous.
It’s surreal reading an adventure that turns into an author tract.
Also in this issue is a back-up story starring Vanguard as he meets the Ethrian.
One hoof out of four (not recommended).
Preview Spawn #223 at Comic Book Resources.
Preview Savage Dragon #181 from Blue Raven Comics.