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Book Review:
SPAWN/BATMAN

Author: Bill Ramey
Saturday, February 10, 2007

I’ll cut to the chase here: I don’t like Spawn. Never did -- even when the character was such the rage back in the early and mid-90s.

I do dig The Batman however. I always have and my “relationship” with The Dark Knight has been going on for nearly four decades.

What does this have to do with my review of 1994’s SPAWN/BATMAN crossover by Frank Miller and Todd McFarland? Not much actually, except that it may be important to know that a Batman fan -- not a Spawn fan -- is the writer.

I’m going to say something that will be considered blasphemy by some: Mr. Frank Miller -- the writer of this story -- is NOT necessarily the Batman god he’s said to be by many. Yes, BATMAN: YEAR ONE is a classic and THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is brilliant, but…

THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN sucks and Mr. Miller’s run on this ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN leaves much to be desired. And to be frank (no pun intended, hehehe), his work on SPAWN/BATMAN for Image Comics, well, sucks.

If you think “A-Hole Batman” of current continuity was bad, well he looks like the poster child for happiness and mental health compared to this Batman. The book features a preface saying that S/B is a “companion piece” to DC’s and Miller’s TDKR and not part of current continuity. Well thank goodness for that because this is “Batman” in name only and it does not feature The Batman that I like.

This book is tasteless, irritating, and just plain ridiculous. Case in point, “The Batman” spends most of his time muttering about how Spawn has no disipline and repeating the word “punk” over and over again. Hell, I lost count how many time the word is uttered!

McFarlane’s work is quite nice and it’s pretty to look at, no doubt -- although TM‘s Batman often looks like Spawn with only his eyes and teeth showing. But the story is so incoherent, it isn't even worth your time to buy this book simply for the art. Hell, I don't even know what the damn plot is about, other than “evil doctors” are using humans for robots, or something like that I think. I'm not sure if the story‘s problem was solved at the end!

It’s basically a bunch of nonsense that ends with Batman throwing and embedding a batarang into Spawn’s face. Wow!

There’s just no way I can recommend SPAWN/BATMAN to my readers.

Now, if you are convinced that anything Mr. Miller does with Batman is gold, or you think Spawn is the cat’s meow, then maybe this is one for you

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