Angels Get Ticked in Spawn #278
Writer: Jason Shawn Alexander
Art: Jason Shawn Alexander
Letters: Tom Orzechowski
Publisher: Image Comics
Spawn continues his battle in Japan whilst his powers and suit actively fight against him. Unable to fully control his abilities he lets his suit do the talking as he pushes further and further into the darkness. Cyan struggles with her new-found ability to see spirits whilst Simmons deflects her only making her more determined.
Jason Shawn Alexander writes an interesting tale with much of the actual narrative coming from Simmons and his inner thoughts. It almost feels like someone telling a horror story but with little pieces missing for us to discover later. Spawn has really upset some angels in a big way and it looks like it could spell trouble as the story progresses. The focus on Cyan and her newly acquired powers is an interesting sub plot and it’s good to see someone struggle with the abilities rather than instantly master them.
Alexander is also on art and colors which is impressive to say the least, his work is abstract but carries an almost Japanese ink style which is fitting considering the setting. The use of unusual shapes and distorted figures gives Spawn himself an otherworldly look and gives his powers a chaotic and sinister edge. Spawn is very animated with his face switching between human, demon and often things in between, there is an unpredictability in his appearance that seems to seep into his character itself.
The book is sometimes confusing and perhaps not as new reader friendly as it could be, but ultimately showcases an excellent horror story. Spawn has often suffered from looking too much like a super hero archetype but both in narrative and visually he looks much more the supernatural menace I believe he was always intended to be. The death scenes are appropriately gruesome and the dark visuals command the reader’s attention until the very last panel.