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review 2017-05-03 19:11
The reasons I loved Spawn in the first place
Spawn #272 - Szymon Kudranski,Todd McFarlane

It's dark, yes, but it also wants to tell a story about a dead man condemned to hell who will do anything to get back to his family.   Even knowing this, even knowing what he could have had with Wanda, Al Simmons still fights, as Spawn, to protect her family.   He has a faulty suite, and a drug addicted teenage girl who's his ward - and who is seemingly possessed, with a connection to his suit.   

 

Still, he fights the men who come after him, and after her, and he will fight the warriors of heaven and hell for her.    He does things that seem unseemly - although they're really just tricks - partly with her help to find her father.   He not only wants to protect her, but to help her heal and life a healthy, happy life.   

 

And I'm in particularly enjoying the focus on him and her, even while introducing a mysterious new threat to the world in general.   Because he so obviously cares for her so deeply, even more so than Terry.   (Or the twins, which what happened to them?  Off to Google this.  Oh.   That's why?   I'm... I have no words. Forgot I mentioned that clusterfuck, then, please.)   And it's that emotional connection that hooks me, in combination with the fact that I like some grimdark comics.   And that's the thing: I can dig light or edgy, but I'm not a huge fan of twisting things that aren't meant to be.   It just tends to feel unnatural and show.   Spawn was created to be grimdark, though.   And I kinda love it for that, for doing he heaven and hell storyline without being overly preachy - or preachy at all, for doing the amnesia thing in a way that I wanted to figure everything out because I love that trope, and for the emotional connections.   Even when Spawn was a total amnesiac, and kind of a dick to the other hobos he was living with, he still didn't let people fuck with them.   And I kinda love him for that, too.  

 

Wants more now, please.   I'll wait the couple weeks for the next issue, then.   Although I may make Spawn a digital thing and wait a month for the price to go down by a buck, because every two months?  Means I can get another another comic. 

 

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review 2017-05-03 18:58
Hell, yeah!
Spawn #271 - Todd McFarlane,Todd McFarlane

So... who's loving some Spawn right now?   That's right, me!   Love, love, love.   By focusing on Al Simmons, Cyan, and Terry Fitzgerald, there's a little less fatigue with the heaven versus hell war.   I was feeling fatigue when I originally read this, and a bit like the story was treading water.  I cared more when there was a mix of the personal, too, and I'm finding this is the case.   Al Simmons is getting pretty badass, too, which he originally was when he was confused, and then when he was trying to protect the wife he left behind - and her new family. 

 

And while there is a lot happening with hell and heaven, some of it, most of it, in the background for now, I've been liking what's been done so far.   It feels more purposeful in some ways, and even when it doesn't, I'm enjoying the relationship between Spawn and Cyan - it's more like a father and daughter relationship than anything, despite the fact that her father is still alive, and very involved in her life, and cares for her deeply.  I'm enjoying how Terry Fitzgerald, Cyan's father, Simmons' best friend and Wanda's widower, is struggling with Cyan, who's grief is so profound she's become addicted to drugs.   (Although I suspect her connection to Spawn's suit, and inability to be in daylight, may have more to do with this situation than Terry realizes right now.)   He doesn't want to see her in the pain of withdrawal, but this is complicated because it may not be just withdrawal.   

 

And she has to go through that to get better in the end.   Complicated stuff, and even when there is a right answer to her situation, the emotions involved, especially while he's processing the loss of his wife and his children's mother, may just pull too strongly at him.  It doesn't make him a bad person, or character, especially when I can sympathize with him.   It just means he's making some really horrible choices, out of love and pain.   

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-04-30 14:46
Spawn, yes!
Spawn #270 - Todd McFarlane,Todd McFarlane

I'm really, really into Image right now.   Spawn, and Saga?  Hell yes!   And Spawn is really getting back on track.   It's convoluted because it's closing in on three hundred issues, but it's kind of going back to its roots: less 'am I sent by the devil, let's get heaven involved,' stuff, and more about Spawn, his family, and what he'll do to keep people safe. 

 

When Cyan is in trouble, Al Simmons goes to help her.   See, Simmons went to hell and became Spawn.   While he was dead, and in hell, his widow married his best friend, Terry Fitzgerald.   Wanda and Terry had a daughter named Cyan and then some twins.   Cyan is a teen now, and after Wanda and her unborn baby - Simmons' baby, by the way - died, Cyan turned to drugs.   She's in rehab and Simmons is visiting her - when they both disappear and teleport to his apartment.   Simmons is stunned, and Cyan ends up controlling his chains, and recoiling from sunlight.   Aware that something is horribly wrong with her, Simmons leaves her alone while he goes for help - help that tells him he's made a mistake by leaving her alone. 

 

This looks pretty hardcore, and I'm really eager to figure out what's going on with Cyan.

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review 2017-04-13 13:15
Love, but...
Motor Crush #5 - Brenden Fletcher,Cameron Stewart,Babs Tarr,Cameron Stewart,Babs Tarr

This is the end of volume one, and has been building up to what, and who, Domino Swift really is.  See, she can drown in Crush and be fine - in fact, better than fine.   Great.   Meanwhile, anyone else who drinks crush dies horribly.   Crush is, after all, an illegal drug of sorts - but it's only meant to power up bikes used for racing.   

 

I didn't want, I wasn't going to demand, a full reveal.   But it feels like an awful tease to build up to a reveal and give us... nothing.  I know nothing more than what I did, and even what I do know - she was found, and adopted, something is after her - feels so vague that I might as well know nothing.  And this is disappointing. 

 

The writing is otherwise fantastic: the relationships are layered, the characters are complex, and I love the rules of this new world, and the world itself.   The art is lush.   I also love that Domino is in love with  her ex - and ex-mechanic - Lola.   That whole relationship is amazing, because Lola realized it was unhealthy because Domino was lying and left, despite the fact that she loves Dom very much.   And even though they are working together again, Lola claims it's temporary, especially if Dom lies again.   She's also calls Dom on her current bullshit, so I feel like that's going to get more interesting - In August.   That's right, arc two starts in August :/

 

I want more now, though.

 

 

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review 2017-04-08 20:41
I kinda need issue five now...
Motor Crush #4 - Brenden Fletcher,Cameron Stewart,Babs Tarr,Cameron Stewart,Babs Tarr

Dom's mysterious benefactor shows her what happens when her kind drinks wild crush, she knows she has to do the same - and impress him enough that he'll tell her what she really is and what she was really made to do.   

 

Meanwhile, her digging into her past has angered her father, who's hiding the truth, supposedly for her own safety.   I'm not sure I don't believe him; he's very protective of her, but he also knows how talented she is.   That is, I don't feel he's normally overprotective of her, or else he wouldn't allow her  race.  

 

Still, she's his daughter, and he basically stole her.   If he's paranoid, if he's covering up for her own safety, I understand.  I especially understand because it seems like she was created, made to be owned, and I'm not sure the people who created her have good intentions.   In fact, I'm pretty sure they have bad things in store for her, so I'm kind of with her father on this. 

 

Still, she wants to know where she came from, why she needs crush, and how to deal with that whole issue.   So I also understand why she's so mad that he's hiding who she really is.   Basically, I love this whole series.  I really wish issue five was out, but it won't be until next Wednesday.   

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