Todd McFarlane will be wrapping up his current run on Spawn with issue #250, due out in January and then it will be time to shake up the book a bit.
McFarlane told USA Today that February will see of Spawn Resurrected #1 by the team of Brian Wood and Jonboy Meyers. It will also see the return of the Al Simmons version of Spawn. That new team will then take over Spawn with #251 in March.
Brian Woods, no stranger to controversy in recent months, has been spreading himself around multiple publishers since leaving Vertigo a few years back, where he was probably best known for DMZ. Lately, he’s been doing Star Wars for Dark Horse and Moon Knight for Marvel.
Jonboy Meyers is a newer face, probably best known for working on Marvel Adventures/Marvel Age Spider-Man and Arana.
Wait a minute… you mean to tell me an artist who’s drawn Spider-Man is going to draw Spawn? Why does that sound familiar?
Spawn #246 was estimated at 13,343 copies in August, down from around 15,000 a year ago, but trending up as it nears the anniversary issue. McFarlane is attempting to have is cake and eat it too, by having a one-shot/#1 to announce the new team and change of direction, followed by a return to the normal number system. He must not be a fan of “.1” issues. It will be interesting to see how many readers Wood can pull over to Spawn with him. It’s been awhile since Spawn was the #1 book in the DM, but it still carries a higher readership than most indie comics.
McFarlane is also teasing finally bringing the Spawn library to digital in the near future, something he’s been avoiding longer than most.