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Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« on: February 02, 2007, 02:54:55 pm »
Spawn #164—  “Homecoming”

David Hine- words
Phillip Tan- pencils
Danny Miki, Ryan Winn- Inks

Grade- B+
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Previous (#163) Summary- “Mom” (mother nature?) gives God and Satan their wish to endlessly battle on another plane of existence, never to bother Earth again.  Spawn uses the new god-like powers he has to recreate Earth and everything on it.  He then uses the remainder of those powers to become Al Simmons again, and plans on returning home to the love of his life, Wanda..


I gotta be real- I haven’t read Spawn in several years.  Since maybe ’99 I’ve only skimmed issues here and there.  Around that time the narrative seemed to just meander, and though Greg Capullo and Angel Medina were good artists, it wasn’t enough to keep me from jumping ship.  In the meanwhile, Spawn ringmaster Todd McFarlane seemed to keep making cryptic comments about moving the title away from its superhero trappings and into something along the lines of horror-noir, which didn’t really enthuse me.  From what I could tell, it seemed like Todd Mac wanted the series to be a quasi-anthology, with stories mostly revolving around other characters (Sam & Twitch, etc.), and Spawn would be a ‘boogeyman’ figure, only fleetingly seen.  Meanwhile, the initial ‘endgame’ of a final showdown with Malebolgia and/or the Heavenly Hosts never seemed to manifest.  Until now.  Apparently, the most recent story arc, ‘Armageddon’, did just that—wiping out everything in existence on Earth except for Spawn himself (hmm- a good way of getting rid of characters lost to lawsuits like Angela, Cogliostro, etc.).  Then, apparently, Spawn inherits enough cosmic power to recreate everything on Earth as he chooses.  Apparently, instead of a utopian world, he recreates it more or less as it is now—with the addition of himself back in human form.  Or so he thinks. 

On his way back to Terry/Wanda’s place, Al is stopped by ‘Mom’—and transformed into a spirit form, to observe a heated argument between Wanda and Terry, the latter of whom is at his wits end with Wanda’s seemingly protracted pining for Al.  He’s had enough of competing with a dead man.  Then Wanda drops a bomb Terry didn’t expect.  Apparently, Al was occasionally abusive—physically.  He was obsessively driven with his job as a government assassin.  Most damning of all, she reveals that when she told Al that she was pregnant—a shock to both of them, and shortly before Al’s fatal “final” mission—Al calculatingly embraces her, then punches her in the stomach—a trained killer knows weak spots—effectively causing Wanda to miscarry.  The disembodied Al observes this tale with horror, as he has apparently forgotten this up until now.  ‘Mom’ then reveals that this is why he was never able to really come back to life and reunite with Wanda.  That his own guilt prevented him from doing so, and is what compelled him to accept Malebolgia’s corrupt offer to begin with—as a form of self-punishment.

Dejected, Al drifts away to a nondescript alley, where he re-forms back into Spawn.  He is told that he cannot even reach an afterlife until he completes his ‘penance’.

The epilogue involves the aftermath of the apparent destruction/recreation of Earth, which apparently was not wiped from people's memory, and called the "white light phenomenon".. "no murders, rapes, bombings", etc. have been reported for the past day or so.. until a young man in an apartment apparently commits a casual murder..
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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2007, 11:36:21 pm »
Weird issue I must say. It's a bit unexpected that Al punched Wanda's stomach and cause her to have a miscarriage with
his her and Al's unborn child though. Did David talked this over with McFarlane before doing this issue of Spawn?

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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2007, 07:00:32 pm »
Weird issue I must say. It's a bit unexpected that Al punched Wanda's stomach and cause her to have a miscarriage with
his her and Al's unborn child though. Did David talked this over with McFarlane before doing this issue of Spawn?
        hope so, but a helluva suprise

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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2007, 07:01:30 pm »
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Then Wanda drops a bomb Terry didn’t expect.  Apparently, Al was occasionally abusive—physically.  He was obsessively driven with his job as a government assassin.  Most damning of all, she reveals that when she told Al that she was pregnant—a shock to both of them, and shortly before Al’s fatal “final” mission—Al calculatingly embraces her, then punches her in the stomach—a trained killer knows weak spots—effectively causing Wanda to miscarry.  The disembodied Al observes this tale with horror, as he has apparently forgotten this up until now.  ‘Mom’ then reveals that this is why he was never able to really come back to life and reunite with Wanda.  That his own guilt prevented him from doing so, and is what compelled him to accept Malebolgia’s corrupt offer to begin with—as a form of self-punishment.

 :o :o :o..Ok that was an unexpected, but nice little twist.

Weird issue I must say. It's a bit unexpected that Al punched Wanda's stomach and cause her to have a miscarriage with
his her and Al's unborn child though. Did David talked this over with McFarlane before doing this issue of Spawn?

I get the feeling McFarlane has creatively moved on from this character. Meaning he's not as intelectually involved as he once was, but I don't doubt that David Hine kept him fully informed.

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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2007, 07:08:40 pm »
I see where you're going with this In_Spirit.

Thanks for the tip.  :)

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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2007, 10:23:38 pm »
OK. So Spawn was a wife beater as well... :'(

Huh.
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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2007, 07:06:37 am »
And Spawn was always one of those titles people would tenuously bring up when giving examples of BLack relationships in comics. So now it's an abusive relationship. Grumble.

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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2007, 06:09:42 pm »
Have been reading this for the last few issues and must say that this title disturbs me now....not sure if it will remain on my pull list.  At first, the art was almost intoxicating and the story was interesting but with this twist that he killed his own child and she still has an interest in him...it's bizarre.

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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2007, 03:09:21 am »
And Spawn was always one of those titles people would tenuously bring up when giving examples of BLack relationships in comics. So now it's an abusive relationship. Grumble.

Whoa, people cite "Spawn" as an example of Black relationships?  :o That's messed up!
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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2007, 03:55:06 am »
I have followed Spawn loyally for years. Al hitting Wanda is not old news. The first time he struck her was mentioned like waaaaay back in the 30-issue range. But we were lead to believe that it was just one hit. The next time that it was referenced was issue 127, which was a flashback issue. Gotta say this revelation wasn't to shocking, but rather unexpected.

I had seriously thought about dropping Spawn with this issue; it is a good jump off point, and God knows I've been loyal to the book since issue 1.

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Re: Spawn- #164, "new beginning"
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2007, 05:03:53 pm »
Have officially dropped this title.