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Spawn Reading Order

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In 1992, after leaving Marvel, Todd McFarlane and other high-profile illustrators launched Image Comics – you know the story… It was a gamble, to say the least, but it paid big. This success didn’t take long to come as the first issues published were smashing hits. Spawn was no exception. In fact, it was the most consistent one because of McFarlane, and that stayed that way.

In fact, in 2020, Spawn reached issue #300, a rare feat for an independently published comic. Now, there’s even a Spawn Universe with new spin-offs to expand the world of Spawn like never before.

Here is the story: Murdered during a mission in Botswana by fellow mercenary Bruce Stinson (aka Chapel), Al Simmons was sent to Hell because of his life as an assassin. There, he made a deal with the being known as Malebolgia to become a Hellspawn in exchange for being allowed to see his wife Wanda Blake one last time. He is now back in town, but five years have passed and, off-balance and disoriented, Simmons quickly realizes that he couldn’t pick up things where he left them. As Spawn, he becomes some kind of hero in order to find a new purpose in life.

Spawn Reading Order:

The New Spawn Compendium Edition

Let’s start with the last collection, the Compendiums, huge volumes collecting every issue of the main Spawn series in order. Those big books are affordable, easily accessible, and even collect some issues that were unavailable for so long (due to legal conflicts).

The “Spawn Origins Collection” was launched in 2009, it’s a line of TPB reprints (with new cover art by Greg Capullo). After 20 volumes, the collection was stopped in 2014 but restarted in 2022.

Curse of the Spawn” is a spin-off exploring the life of the previous Hellspawns and other supporting characters. All is not collected yet (all the issues are nevertheless available here) and the stories were not published in chronological order.

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The Spawn’s Universe starts here. The world of Spawn changes forever! New heroes. New villains, and more importantly, new titles.

Last Updated on February 23, 2024.

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