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Spawn Origins Vol 1 TP [Paperback]

Todd McFarlane
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19 May 2009 Spawn Origins (Book 1)
Featuring the stories and artwork (by Todd McFarlane himself!) that laid the groundwork for the most successful independent comic book ever published. Spawn Origins Volume 1 includes the introduction of not only Spawn, but also a number of other memorable and menacing characters, including Malebolgia and the Violator. Collects Spawn #1-6.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (19 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160706071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607060710
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.6 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beginings 31 July 2012
By Bat-Jim
Being a more mainstream comic fan, Spawn was one those characters I was aware of but never knew anything about what makes the character who he is. I saw the movie first and was a little underwhelmed but it definetely heightened my interest in the character and the Spawn universe, eventually my curiosity peaked so I got myself a copy of origins vol 1 and was so amazed I couldn't put the thing down.

Todd Mcfarlane is one of my favourite comic book artists and his work really shines here, each page is a joy to behold with the heavily stylised characters and their various shapes and sizes. The plot is pretty solid as well, although sometimes I feel the pacing can be a little off at times but that's a minor gripe.

Without getting into the story too much, Al Simmons is basically a government agent/assassin who despite what the job entails, is a actually a good enough person deep down, living the american dream with a loving wife, eventually one assignment takes a turn for the worse and he is murdered (although the details surrounding his death are a little murky) and goes to hell. At somepoint he is resurrected as the warrior Spawn, but with no memeory of what happened or who he even is and we follow him in his journey to piece together what he can of his past life. These first six issues serve as a great introduction to the character and I've already put in an order for the next volume. Essential reading for comic fans everywhere!
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By Benminx
I love adult graphic novels that don't feel the need to lapse into juvenile predictability (yes Aliens, I'm looking at you). Needless to say, I loved Spawn.
I had almost no knowledge of Spawn before this, except knowing the name of his creator, and having seen the mixed-bag of a movie adaptation.
Having read this, on reflection the movie's pretty faithful - but nowhere near as dramatic and daring as the graphic novels.
Spawn is a fascinating mix of superpowered being and messed-over distressed human being, and McFarlane's written in some human touches and moments of anguish that really touch the soul. It's the bitter ironies, emotional conflicts, and vengeful anger that make Spawn stand out, and he's a very exciting anti-hero.
I found the assortment of characters surrounding him a bit less impressive, but the Violator was extremely striking, as was the superpowered nemesis who gets involved later on, towards the end.
The dilemma Spawn's placed in with regard to his powers was very clever and original, and I couldn't help feeling McFarlane exhibited some real genius by putting him in such a vicious catch-22 position, and then introducing a bad guy so chillingly repugnant and vile that you hoped with all your heart he'd kill the guy anyway.
Some of the gore and emotional horror in the novel is groundbreaking - I felt it was the first time I'd ever been truly chilled and confronted with something so brave and gutsy I'd actually class it as veering into 'horror' rather than just gore for gore's sake.
Astounding, visually exciting, and a great introduction. It left me wanting more. A lot more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic 4 July 2010
This is simply a collection of first 6 Spawn issues, a small gallery and a few short parts of interview with Todd McFarlane. This book consist of 144 pages filled with awesome, detailed and grotesque artwork along with interesting, dark and full of action and mystery story.
The story is about Al Simmons who was murdered by his employer. After that, he made a deal with the devil, who promised him that he'd be able to see his wife one more time. But for unknown reason, Al is reborn as an undead creature with supernatural powers, five years after his death. He doesn't remember his name, his wife, almost nothing from his previous life. He doesn't have a place to leave and doesn't know why he got those powers, making him completely lost. This story is one of those when you have a lot of questions and finding answers only bring new ones.
In summary, I would recommend Spawn Origins Vol. 1 to every comicbook fan as this is a total classic and for everyone who likes dark and supernatural stories.
Also, if you have a friend who thinks that comicbooks are only about superheroes in colorful costumes, get him this volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Item for collection 23 Feb 2014
By R. Eloi
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I already knew Spawn books before so this one is to keep in my private collection. Great books. Recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spawn Origins Vol. 1 2 Jan 2014
This first volume is the perfect book to start a collection and get into the spawn franchise, I used to be a huge fan, I stopped for a while, read this book and had to get volume 2, 3, and 4 and after that I'm probably going to get 5, 6, and 7. I strongly recommend this book and alongside it, amazon prime too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 12 Oct 2013
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It came very quickly and it was in great condition. It was meant for a present for a friend and he loved it. I strongly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it 26 Jun 2013
By Conor
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Wish i bought 2 and 3 as well the story is just kicking off and am interested must be a reason they kept it going for 15 years eh!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by brian sweet
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice for something different
Personally I liked this graphic style and I found the story ok. I feel that if you buy this you should probably buy the 2nd and 3rd volume too to really get into Spawn and Vol 1 by... Read more
Published 20 months ago by J. Lucchesi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting story with amazing art!
Spawn has wicked art and interesting plot by Todd McFarlane. Although it is a dark genre, it's full of extravagant action scenes and wacky looking monsters. Read more
Published 21 months ago by D. Tang
5.0 out of 5 stars spawn origins volume 1
this was great as in the past i had parts here there of it in the beginning so with it haveing 1-6 it made getting the whole story from the start very easy to follow
only... Read more
Published 22 months ago by spidey fan
5.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
Everyone i know does not know spawn was it a 90's thing that died away? Maybe but what a wonderful collection of comics, while i am not the biggest comic fan i do like spawn... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by snowy
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant place to start for a new spawn fan
I have been a spawn fan upon 1st hearing of the character although I had never read any of the comics so I figured this was a good place to start, the issues in this volume in my... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by SpenZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant :)
Wonderfully written and thrillingly placed. I absolutely love the commentary and art that comes with these edition. A definite buy if you love comics.
Published on 4 Feb 2011 by Mr. Thomas A. V. Noble
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