Killadelphia #31 Advance Review: Here’s Spawny

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Spawn enters the fray in Philadelphia in Killadelphia #31, written by Rodney Barnes, with art by Jason Shawn Alexander.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Killadelphia #31 Advance Review:

Image Comics begins their massive crossover in Killadelphia with the introduction of Spawn himself. But what will Todd McFarlane’s second goopiest character do when he comes face to face with vampires?

Host Pete LePage was enamored with this issue, calling it “two great ideas” that have been brought together. He also loved seeing iconic Spawn artist Jason Shawn Alexander back on the character. “This is a fun creation,” LePage added. “I like Spawn, I like Killadelphia.”

However, Justin Tyler disagreed, feeling that there are already too many Spawn comics, and “I’d rather see Killadelphia characters going about their own business.”

Alex Zalben agreed with Tyler, stating that this crossover “twisted it into a Spawn book.” However, he still did have fun with the issue, because you can’t totally hate Spawn and vampires “mixing it up.” Ultimately, though, he said, “we don’t need a non-Spawn book to also be a Spawn book.”

Disgreeing, LePage said: “Yes, we do.”

You can decide for yourself when Killadelphia #31 hits comic book stores on November 15, 2023 from Image Comics.

Killadelphia #31 Official Synopsis:

Enter SPAWN! The forces of Heaven and Hell clash on the battleground that is Philly and weave into the tapestry of a larger universe when TODD McFARLANE’s greatest creation crosses over into the pages of KILLADELPHIA! All the power SeeSaw has gained and all the magic he’s learned will be put to the test when he faces off against comics’ greatest anti-hero! Anything can happen in this bold jumping-on point for new readers that will redefine the KILLADELPHIA universe as we know it.

The sold-out, Eisner Award-nominated series continues! From RODNEY BARNES, the writer behind such hit shows as Marvel’s Runaways and STARZ’s American Gods, and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, the artist who redefined SPAWN. This issue also contains a backup story featuring Hell’s Baddest Badass: Johnny Gatlin. Also available in NOIR EDITION, featuring black-and-white line art interiors!

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