Despite superior writing, the slide in sales continued and 2007 was pivotal because Spawn for the very first time was out of the Top 100, finishing 106th with #173 at the end of the year. An elaborate April Fool's joke backfired and a very well written spinoff appeared.
Conclusion to Spawn I
This is it, the final story in the beginning of the year to wrap up the whole saga of Spawn. From #166 onward, there would be another world of Spawn, a darker world. It is to be a complete overhaul of the original storytelling with cinematic and psychological style horror...I am sold!
The Adventures of Spawn #1
Started as a web comic aim at the young and the young at heart in 2006 before its release as a hard copy comic. Written by David Goff and illustrated by Khary Randolph.
What a brave and bold world the McFarlane Empire is entering. Spawn I comes to an end and now we have a story that breaks continuity! This issue introduce the very popular collectible figure of Mandarin Spawn aka Cheng Lie. Gosh, what is going to be the next move? The end of Spawn ;)
The cover of #165 is that of Mandarin Spawn 1 but the inside art is of Mandarin Spawn 2. The story is set in the period of the Southern Sung dynasty but the hairstyle of the soldiers are definitely that of the Qing dynasty. See enlarged image here.
The Beginning of Spawn II
The Armaggeddon has ended. No more Heaven and Hell. However, a myriad of other creatures survived. On with Spawn II - the creepier version.
April 1st 2007
The Death of Spawn
An elaborate joke about the Death of Spawn was announced on March 30th 2007 starting with issue #172. The joke may be elaborate but it is also meant to be obvious, such as when the titles of the crossovers for this event were announced: Hellish Comics #685, Spawn: The Man from Hell #18, Legion of Cybernetic Animals #285...etc. Unfortunately this 'death' joke was announced while the comics industry is still talking about the death of Captain America and it comes a bit too close for comfort for many critics. I personally like the joke, especially when it was announced that the death of Spawn would spin 4 new other Spawns!
Hellish Comics #687
Human Spawn - "Al Simmons was a human from the planet Earth, and this new Spawn claims to be a human as well! Is he really from the same planet as Al? Only time will tell if this new Spawn is friend or foe!"
Spawn: The Man From Hell #22
Steel Spawn - "Henry Johnson was your average electrical engineer and amateur armorsmith. When he heard that the mighty Spawn had fallen, he built his own suit of powered armor, put on a red cape, and took to the streets to fight crime!"
Cyborg Spawn - "As a government assassin, Al Simmons used the latest in high-tech weaponry. This new Spawn is MADE of high-tech weaponry! He's super-strong, super-tough, and super-hard to stop! Also, for some reason, he's a gorilla."
The Adventures of Spawn #501
Spawnboy - Chris is a normal kid, with normal problems: homework, bullies, and constant attacks from an unending horde of demons from Hell! Fortunately, he also has the power of Spawn on his side. Can he keep this awesome secret from his parents, teachers, and friends? Does he ever break the curse of the Hellspawn? Will he pass his finals? Find out in The Adventures of Spawn!
CSI Season 7 Episode 24
Spawn figures on display in CSI, the Las Vegas version. It was originally mistakenly announced as CSI: Miami. Open display? The collector better be armed with cans of compressed air during spring cleaning.
Spawn: Godslayer #1
Inspired by the successful graphic novel of the same title, a regular series was launched. The first issue is a bit disappointing but boy, does the series get better and better. Written by Brian Holguin and illustrated by Philip Tan.
Live Free or Die Hard
Bruce Willis examined a Spawn toy before breaking it in this third edition of the 'Die Hard' movie franchise.
Spawn: Architects of Fear
The next Spawn graphic novel by Aleksi Briclot. Unlike Spawn: Simony, this would not be a belated English translation but an original and well, the release is late, the hardcover was supposed to be shipped out in August 2007. In his myspace page, you can see illustrations of this book dated October 2004!
Adventures of Spawn Secret Files
We learned through the Secret Files of Adventures of Spawn that the first Spawn to don the K7 Leetha suit is Lord Klay-Von Gore, one of the Lords of Darkness aka Raven Spawn. When he was defeated, his suit goes to the victors, the goodie two-shoes aka the Forces of Light who created more Spawns using its power.
Adventures of Spawn Secret Files
The Forces of Light not only dastardly robbed poor Raven Spawn of his power source, they created more Spawns. There are 9 of them but only two are mentioned here: Wings of Redemption Spawn, a distant cousin of Redeemer and Gunslinger Spawn who went mad at the dead star Cor'Nova.
Robot Chickens Season 3 Episode 9
On October 7th, Robot Chickens, a stop-motion animated comedy TV series featured Spawn and Malebolgia in a violin-playing contest.
South Park Season 11 Episode 12
In the conclusion of the Imaginationland Trilogy on October 31st, Spawn is one of the many characters that appeared - I am still searching for him!
Bomb Queen Vol 4 #3
Nyx re-appeared as She-Spawn in a guest appearance with Bomb Queen. This time she needn't borrowed it surreptitiously from Al Simmons' Spawn, she got a piece of the cape that helps her to transform whenever she needs it. Enlarged images of both the cover and the art.
So, is Desarak a Spawn? He told Nyx "we hellspawns must stick together"! The answer? No, he is not a Hellspawn, he is an Earth Demon.
Bomb Queen Vol 4 #4
In this final issue of Volume 4, Nyx is still there dusting up Bomb Queen's world.
Somehow, Bomb Queen is able to transform herself into a hellspawn called Spawnqueen. Click here to check out the jaw-dropping enlarged images of Spawnqueen.