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.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.