Spawn / Batman

Spawn / Batman

by Frank Miller

Frank Miller, author of The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One and Sin City, brings Batman to New York City in his search for an arsenal of high-tech weapons and robots that use decapitated human heads as their brains.

The person they seek has been kidnapping and decapitating the home for use in the robots, but thats only part of the plan: there is also a nuclear arsenal ready to be deployed.

Will Spawn and Batman be able to foil the plan to destroy the world?

  • Series: Batman
  • Language: English
  • Category: Sequential Art
  • Rating: 3.08
  • Pages: 56
  • Publish Date: January 1st 1994 by Image Comics
  • Isbn10: 1582400199
  • Isbn13: 9781582400198

What People Think about "Spawn / Batman"

If theres one comic book legend that I vow to know inside and out, its going to have to be Frank Miller. Although Frank Miller has created some the most iconic comic book stories in the industry, he has also made some of the most atrocious garbage that you could wish to never come across. Author of The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, Frank Miller teams up with none other than Todd McFarlane to bring fans a publisher crossover story fancied by any fan: Spawn/Batman. Per usual, Frank Miller doesnt spare this one-shot comic story the ludicrous plot ideas. In this adventure, Batman encounters a giant mechanical robot and is prompted to follow the clues back to New York City where he faces the mysterious and mystical, yet suspicious, Spawn. Youre either going to blindly giggle your way through Batman and Spawns run-in, and roll on the floor laughing at the final panel. Not only does Batman get an interesting design on artwork front, Frank Miller doesnt miss his chance to mess with the beloved Dark Knights personality. But I also hated Frank Miller for being on top of himself and making his wish come true; making Batman a bully like he was always meant to be. Imagine all the amazing thing a writer could come up with if they had the opportunity to play with Batman and Spawn in the same comic.

In Millers hands Batman is an act first, think later kind of guy, more interested in beating someone senseless than using his (supposedly) high intellect to realise fighting someone like Spawn is a futile exercise. The Goddamn Batman talks in insults spitting out words like punk, twit, and slob to anyone he encounters which instantly makes this book worth reading for the dialogue alone. And then at the end Batmans lecturing Spawn, jabbing his chest with his finger calling him a disgusting slob and a twit what a great speech, imagine if Batman spoke like that in every book! Theres also a dedication to Jack Kirby who died around the time this book came out but I think he deserved better than this weak effort from Miller/MacFarlane - the disgusting slobs!

Spawn/Batman is an okay story, with an edge amongst other okay stories because this is a team up of the Dark Knight and the Hellspawn.

And considered that the author is known for writing Batman and the artists is the one who had created Spawn you would think that both heroes are at least in-character but not even that they are. Lets begin at the basic writing style of the book.

I haven't read a Frank Miller book since his Daredevil run, and that was him at the top of his game. Let me just say the dynamic between Batman and Spawn I think was nailed. (except Year 2) This is the period where Frank Miller started to talk like a cave man because the number of words missing from sentences to actually make them whole is just staggering. Why must you take completely logical words out of 95% of the sentences to make the book sound like you are some edgy teenager? It's a quick scene but was funny, smart, and the epitome of what Batman and Alfred's relationship should be like in the middle of a situation. Batman clearly says in the comic that crippling and possibly paralyzing criminals for a "cheap shot" is okay. The last problem I have with this comic is how Batman and Spawn eventually team up. In the end, this book was as I said, entertaining but annoying because of the unlikable nature of the Batman.

A second Batman/Spawn crossover, but this one is not a sequel to the first story. And while if this story takes place in New York City, it's more focused on Batman than the previous Batman/Spawn crossover.

Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories.