Comic Review: Gunslinger Spawn #2 (Image Comics)

Gunslinger Spawn is in the midst of a mystery that is unraveling before him. Forces from all sides of heaven and hell are plotting to take over earth, and the […]

Gunslinger Spawn is in the midst of a mystery that is unraveling before him. Forces from all sides of heaven and hell are plotting to take over earth, and the forces of hell have one target in particular that they want eliminated: Al Simmons, AKA Spawn.

In order for Gunslinger Spawn to return back to his time, he needs Al Simmons alives. Which means that he’ll have a whole lot of hacking and slashing cut out for him if he is to ever return from which he belongs.

Gunslinger Spawn continues to be the standout character that is just fun to follow throughout the book. McFarlane does a good job with pacing the book with a ton of action that retains investment for readers throughout the book. The supporting character, Taylor continues to be a great foil for Gunslinger Spawn as a modern-day person clashing with an old archaic character of a different time. There is some great interplay in regards to Taylor’s origins and how it ties into Gunslinger Spawn’s current dilemma with the angels that plague the earth. While the dialogue and plot is fun, it has some wonky elements that if given a bit more time, could be better.

The only issue I have with the book overall is the same as the first issue, which is in regards to the narration describing exactly what’s displayed by the art. Show don’t tell is always important when telling a story. For whatever reason, it just feels odd that McFarlane does that when it comes to writing. I’m no script doctor, but possibly, if Mcfarlane were to use the narration boxes to describe the direct inner thoughts of Gunslinger Spawn, instead of describing what is already on the page, it would do better service for the story, adding another layer to the character of Gunslinger Spawn.

The only other critique I have on the writing of the book is the absence of a synopsis page. Stan Lee once said that every comic is someone’s first comic, and given that this is the second issue, I was surprised that there was no synopsis page present. Hopefully, in the following issue, there will be one present so that any reader going in that has not read the previous can jump right in and have fun reading the book without feeling totally lost as to why things occur throughout.

Brett Booth delivers in the art department with stylistic layouts that are sharp and kinetic, which is perfect for a book like this. The art definitely shines through as the best part of the book which is fitting for a spawn comic, and most appropriate for a book such as this. Accompanied by Adelso Corona’s inks and Andrew Dalhouse’s colors, Booth’s layouts shine in all the best ways that a Spawn comic should. Tom Orzechowski does a good job with the lettering for the most part, helping to keep the book cohesive throughout as an enjoyable reading experience. The only critique is that sometimes depending on the colors used in the lettering can sometimes be difficult to read at a glance, but once contrasting colors are used in the lettering, it helps to make the book a good read.

Gunslinger Spawn issue 2 continues to deliver with action-packed fights, fun characters, and a plot that continues to garner interest. Despite some of the book’s flaws, I still found myself enjoying the book and waiting to see where Mcfarlane and company plan to take Gunslinger Spawn going forward. It still manages to be one of the best Spawn books of the line and is worth checking out. I’d recommend adding this to your pull list for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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