BATMAN/SPAWN #1: Reign in Blood (Spoiler-Free Review) – Comic Watch

Author(s): Todd McFarlane
Artist(s): Greg Capulo
Colorist(s): Dave McCaig
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Publisher: DC Comics
Genre: Action, Superhero
Published Date: 12/14/2022
Comics’ two favorite sons meet for coffee and scones in Gotham!
In line with Freddy vs. Jason, Batman/Spawn serves up a heaping amount of fan service while keeping in line with their perspective universes. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the caped cousins appear side-by-side, but this time around, we get a bit more bloody, and we dive into their minds and missions, giving us a stellar look at their similarities.
Now, as this review is spoiler-free we won’t get into too much detail about the overall story, however, for those familiar with these two universes and how they operate you can throw some theories together and come close to hitting a bulls-eye. Now that’s not to say this story wasn’t entertaining, quite the contrary, it’s everything we needed this to be! With that being said, did the powers that be take the safe route with the creative team? YES! And that’s okay, because again, this is what it needed to be. It needed Uncle Todd and his cousins Greg, Dave, and Tom to make this ship leave port and destroy all in its wake. 
With the amount of low-hanging fruit in this book and not having a dull panel in sight, this is the ultimate time warp. In the age of reboots and retelling, messages and meanings tend to get lost in the shuffle and accidentally cast aside. This isn’t the case! Both Batman and Spawn’s reasons for being in Gotham are handled well with solid storytelling and phenomenal visuals. Batman/Spawn may be a nostalgia trip for us ’90s kids, but it also stands out as a testament to these two icons’ very different approaches to heroism – and why those approaches make them iconic in very different ways.

I’m sure there are plenty of folks that will roll their eyes at this book and that’s fine; to each their own. But as I’ve said before in my reviews, comics are supposed to be fun; and that’s what Batman/Spawn is. It’s nostalgia, it’s filled with familiar faces and tropes, and it’s exactly what it needed to be…fun. 
I remember stealing my older brother’s copy of a Punisher comic and it was all down hill from there. I went to a Navy recruiter’s office with the promise of cake. I was lied to and 20 years later here I am. I enjoy summers off with my family at our timeshare on Gallifrey.
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