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King Spawn #23

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.

Spawn has returned to his old hunting grounds, but he is no longer the hunter—he is the hunted. A new threat from heaven has come bearing a familiar face!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
27 pages
Amazon ASIN

4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Comical Opinions

    KING SPAWN #23 confronts Spawn with his greatest adversary yet in the form of a woman who can unleash ghosts to inflict torment on Spawn’s mind and spirit. The conflict is as thought-provoking as it is dramatic, and the art is stupendous.

  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    The basic conflict that’s going on doesn’t really have a whole lot of weight. However, the emotional gravity of everything that’s going on does. And that’s really all that’s needed for a powerful horror fantasy comic book. As long as there’s enough pole on the page between the different compelling supernatural forces, everything works. Still, it would be nice if things were delivered to the page in a way that felt a little bit more defined between villain, hero, and hero’s cop accomplice.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    King Spawn #23 is a setup issue and isn’t heavy on the action or over-the-top with the gore. And fair warning, the issue is short. But it is sweet as well thanks to some great writing and amazing art. If anyone knows it’s dark and hell is hot, it’s Spawn. And for all the trouble Spawn finds himself in at the end of the issue, it looks like something even bigger and badder is waiting in the wings Things are heating up for hell’s favorite son.

  • 70


    Writer Sean Lewis continues to spin a tale of dark intrigue that balances many story threads entwining in the background to form a web to ensnare the reader. Lewis wastes little time reminding us of Yoko’s motivation or rage, instead showing what she intends to do next, propelling the story forward quickly. Artist Kevin Keane combines classic Spawn imagery with his fresh dramatic approach, creating pages that flow from panel to panel. Keane takes every opportunity to stamp each frame with his own style and unique artistic perspective. Ivan Nunes once again lends his incredible eye for color and ability to add natural yet dynamic lighting to Spawn’s otherwise dark world.

    The danger is truly coming to a head for our would-be King of Hell and those he cares for, as the scope of Spawn’s exigencies come into focus. This book raises the stakes skyward as it moves players into position for the imminent and sure to be explosive conflict around the corner. King Spawn #23 fulfills prior promises of more to come, while still leaving us hungry for what’s next.

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