TMP to Kill Flagship Comic Book Character This Summer
Friday, March 30, 2007

This summer, death comes for Spawn.

Fifteen years ago, government assassin Al Simmons died, only to be reborn as the dark hero Spawn. In August, death finally catches up with him. Todd McFarlane Productions proudly presents the comic book event of the year: "The Death of Spawn." This major comic book crossover will take place across each of TMP’s titles, and is sure to shock and delight fans around the globe.

TMP editor-in-chief Brian Haberlin recently visited our Tempe offices to meet directly with Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and put the finishing touches on this epic story. asked Todd about the meeting, and killing off his iconic creation. "It went well," he said. "This move will surprise a lot of fans, but at this point, it’s the only one that makes sense. Spawn has always been about death. The character himself couldn’t have been born until Al Simmons died. Now it’s time for Spawn to die as well."

Todd explains, "We just wrapped up what I feel is the most shocking Spawn story we’ve done so far: the ‘Armageddon’ story arc, and the revelations about Al’s past in issue #164. As a storyteller, you have to ask yourself, ‘Where do you go once you’ve destroyed the entire world? Once you’ve brought your hero to the height of his power as the savior of an entire planet, and revealed his darkest shame?’ To me, the only logical step was to destroy the hero himself."

We then turned to Brian about his thoughts on the death of Spawn. "This is why Todd brought David [Hine, Spawn writer] and I on board -- to take the book in bold new directions. To be honest, I was a little taken aback when Todd first let the cat out of the bag that this was where he wanted to go. But, now that we’ve been able to see the master plan unfold over the past 15 issues, and we know where we are going and how certain events affect and set up some of the upcoming issues, I think it’ll be great."

Brian also provided us with the Previews solicitation copy for the event’s first issue:

"SPAWN #172: Nemesis -- Part 1"
An unstoppable new villain rises from the ashes of Armageddon. Even in the perfect world he created, Spawn cannot escape the forces of evil. This terrible new force brings Spawn to a dark epiphany: as the last remnant of Hell, is Spawn now the very source of evil?

Beginning on Monday, will offer fans an exclusive preview of this epic event. Don’t miss it!

UPDATE: Click here for the preview article.