Recommendations for 8/25

This article was originally published at ComicBook.com on August 24, 2021.

KING SPAWN #1

Spawn has experienced a revival across the past several years in the build to its 300th issue and continued celebration of increasing sales and dynamic new concepts, even after nearly 3 decades of stories. Readers intimidated by the large numbers dangling at the back of Spawn may find the perfect entry point in King Spawn #1. This oversized debut issue puts the spotlight on talented new creators in the franchise, like sci-fi scribe Sean Lewis, alongside Todd “The Todd” McFarlane’s unique brand of dialogue and storytelling. Detailing where Spawn stands now and what challenges lie ahead, it offers an explosive jumping on point and one that is bound to enrapture fans of horror and adventure comics alike. It also packs a punch with each back-up tale in a volume approaching 70 pages, including the likes of Haunt and other semi-forgotten, horror-inspired heroes at Image Comics. Regardless of a readers background with what came before King Spawn delivers a compelling case for why this Spider-Man-inspired darkness from the 90s still holds sway in comics today and collects a wide-array of talents – enough that any comics reader is bound to find an appealing element in these gleefully gory pages. — Chase Magnett

Published by Image Comics

Written by Sean Lewis and Todd McFarlane

Art by Javi Fernandez

Colors by FCO Plascencia

Letters by Andworld Design

SUPERMAN ‘78 #1

Superman still looms large in the field of superhero cinema. It provided a vision for the genre that none of its campy precedents approached and which most of its successors have fallen far short of. It’s a vision of the superhero as a modern myth embedding a man who can fly in the midst of the United States in 1978. It is to superhero movies what Apocalypse Now is to war movies or The Godfather to mob movies. And it appears that the first issue of Superman ‘78 has captured the spirit evoked by director Richard Donner splendidly. His focus on verisimilitude—treating Superman as if he were a real part of the world—can be seen on each page in environments made more relatable in their ties to a recognizable cast of characters and sets. Artist Wilfredo Torres evokes the essential elements of Christopher Reeves, Margot Kidder, and Gene Hackman’s performances without ever falling into the uncanny valley of photorealistic artwork. Venditti embraces the spirit of the films and provides a continuation that feels entirely natural. For fans of Superman, there can be no doubt that Superman ‘78 #1 will once again lead them to believe that a man can fly. — Chase Magnett

Published by DC Comics

Written by Robert Venditti

Art by Wilfredo Torres

Colors by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by Dave Lanphear

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