Questions, Part 2 (Spawn #2) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Questions, Part 2
Series: Spawn #2
Author: Todd McFarlane
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comic
Pages: 32
Words: 1K



A clown stands in an alley discussing all the gruesome ways he can kill someone to a regular alley cat. The clown claims to be the Violator to the cat and that he would be going after Spawn later that night.

Spawn is drawn to the top of a church cross for the second time. He begins wondering how he’ll find his wife and how she’ll accept him now that he’s been disfigured. He curses at the devil for betraying him in his deal to come back and knows that he’s messing with him. He knows he’s controlling when he gets these visions and thinks it’s a sick twisted game to him. His thoughts are interrupted when he spots a strange clown waving at him from the shadows of a nearby rooftop. The clown disappears into the shadows.

Later that night at the Dawncorp Building, mobsters are attacked and have their hearts ripped from their chest. The Violator stands over a bloody mess.

The news channels report on more “heart surgeon” killings. Another channel reports on Wanda Blake opening a new care clinic for disabled children.

On top of the church, Spawn attempts to use his magic to transform his skin back to the way it was before he died. He’s shocked to find out that he turns himself into a white man when he knows he should be African American.

Sam Burke and Twitch Williams discuss the paperwork piling up on their desk. They now have six cases from the heart surgeon and no leads.

The violator takes out a mob boss named Gino. He shudders when Gino mutters the name, “Jesus” over and over again and rips out his heart.

Spawn receives a flashback of Jason Wynn, who had taught him to fight. He recalls getting into more fights and disagreeing with Wynn’s ideals. He found that Wynn was slowly becoming evil. Spawn becomes faint from the shock and exhaustion. He falls into a nearby alley.

Upon waking up, he finds the clown and recognizes him from the rooftop. The clown tells him the he is the Spawn and a hellspawn sent back to earth. Shaking it off, Spawn dismisses the clown and walks away. Upon turning his back, the clown reveals his true form of being the Violator and asks him to not turn away and to, “have a heart!”

My Thoughts:

So, first revelation is that it is NOT Spawn who has been killing off the mobsters, but some sort of demon who calls itself the Violator, a gruesome looking killing machine of a monster. He also seems to be, at the same time, a short fat crass crude clown. A very peculiar juxtoposition.

Spawn is having his memories trickle back and realizes part of his deal with the demon involved magic. He tries to heal himself from the burnt husk that his body is and turns into a blond haired, blue eyed white man. We learn he’s supposed to be a black man. At the same time we see a little counter go down from to some lower number, so it is apparent that when Spawn uses magic, it’s not a limitless resource.

The Violator is yanking Spawn’s chain in some verbal abuse when the comic ends. I was looking at the digital file I have and it’s only 25 pages long. Not because the comic is missing 7 pages of story but because it’s missing 7 pages of ads. When I tried to review my Silver Sable comics almost 3 years ago I really noticed the ads in the paper copies I had. Thankfully, those ads were not included in these digital Spawn comics but just realizing they took up almost 25% of the book is eye opening.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

14 thoughts on “Questions, Part 2 (Spawn #2) ★★★☆☆

          1. I just watched a movie where a horribly gruesome thing happened, but you only saw the silhouette of the guy happening on the scene, so effective in a way that seeing it myself would not have been. Subtlety is often bypassed these days I think.

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  1. What do you think of the art, so far? And yes, one of the good things about digital is the lack of ads, although some single issues do have ads for other titles from the same company. I’ve noticed this with Image, IDW and Boom Comics.

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    1. The art is a real mixed bag. When McFarlane wants, it’s gorgeous. But a lot of the time he seems to want the almost caricature side of things. The 2 cops, whatever their names are, are almost in that state permanently while Spawn goes between a barely penciled in shadow to a pinup beefsteak poster material.

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      1. I think it’s just as impactful on adults, even subconsciously. I mean, if it’s an add on a Mars chocolate bar, at some point, when you have a craving for a chocolate bar, it’s quite likely you’ll be inclined to try that out hahaha And the other kind of ads that probably affect adults in comics is ads for other comic book series… I mean, if you’re a fan of the company (DC/Marvel), any new series being announced as an add will likely make them want to try those series out too!

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