The Pandemic Comes to Todd McFarlane's Spawn, But Is It Our Pandemic?

We've seen how well Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon has incorporated the current pandemic and global shutdown in a way that no other superhero comic book has even attempted, as plans were ripped up, comics redrawn and rewritten for its 250th anniversary issue. Well, you know how much that will rankle against Todd McFarlane. Who, with the latest issue of Spawn, has taken his newscasters who have been appearing since the first issue (and recently revealed one of them to be a demon) and are giving the latest news. But there is a difference.

The Pandemic Comes to Todd McFarlane's Spawn, But Is It Our Pandemic?
Image from Spawn #309 by Ken Lashley.

In the Spawn universe, the coronavirus is a mystery, unknown virus. For whatever reason, in this world, the information has been kept classified, maybe it's a different, more serious virus that has taken its place, or maybe it's all part of some government conspiracy like the demon says? Something that has escaped from hell? Something Spawn-related?

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Introducing new series artist KEN LASHLEY (X-Men, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man).
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TODD McFARLANE and KEN LASHLEY continue to expand the SPAWN Universe. With the future in doubt and Medieval Spawn's legacy in question, Spawn, She-Spawn, and Reaper go on the offensive. But a long-time ally has shown his true colors, and Cogliostro rallies an army and a deadly new recruit…GUNSLINGER SPAWN. In Shops: Jul 29, 2020 SRP: $2.99

I bought mine from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.

The Pandemic Comes to Todd McFarlane's Spawn, But Is It Our Pandemic?
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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.