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SPAWN: NEW ARTISTS AND A NEW DIRECTION!
It's a Brand New Year of Change
January 19, 2007
Copyright 2014 TMP International, Inc.

Change is in the air - or more accurately, on the page.

The epic 14-issue Armageddon storyline wraps up this month with Issue 164. The collected edition of the first half of this arc was a quick sell-out with a second printing in stores soon.

Issue 165 will break continuity and feature a Mandarin Spawn one-shot. Lan Medina, part of the Eisner award-winning team on Fables, will be doing the art honors. The Mandarin Spawn action figure has long been a fan favorite, and in response to their requests over the years, this issue provides the origin of this character.

And now for the change. Spawn regular series artist Philip Tan will be moving to TMP's first new monthly Spawn title in four years, Spawn: Godslayer. Described as a "re-imagining" of the historic Spawn series, Godslayer is set in an epic fantasy world ruled by myriad gods. It tells the story of a warrior prince named Bairn, who is cursed to hunt down and slay the gods, one by one. This new regular series follows up the successful 64-page one-shot by Brian Holguin and Jay Anacleto, which debuted last fall. Philip was tapped as the perfect artist for this project with his incredible eye for detail and design. Simply put, Philip can do fantasy like no one else in the business. Holguin will helm the writing, with award-winning artist Anacleto on tap to do the covers for the series.

And with Spawn 166, a new direction! Todd McFarlane's vision for the book has always been dark, cinematic, urban horror, and the book is now set to become just that. Brian Haberlin will be taking over the art with a more realistic style than the book has ever seen. Fan favorite David Hine will continue as scribe. With Issue 166, Spawn has re-created the world and has unwittingly created the bad along with the good. The series will see the return of favorite old villains with new twists, plus the creation of new villains more dangerous than any in Spawn history.

"Issue 166 is the re-launch," says Spawn writer David Hine. "Spawn has literally destroyed mankind and put it back together, but it soon becomes apparent that things are not quite right. It's just little things at first - the fact that whiskey tastes a little different, or that everything is more sharply defined. We're running with the questions raised by the science fiction concept of the matter transmitter. If you break a human being down into particles, zap them across the universe and put them back together, is it still the same person? As the story progresses, the cracks will really begin to show."

Haberlin says, "I had just started on a new series for TMP, Todd McFarlane's Dragons, based on the toy line. Todd loved the pages (or to quote him, 'These pages rock!') so much that when we decided to change Spawn's direction he wanted to put me on it, and let Dragons come out later as a miniseries. Well, when you get an offer like that, you just can't say no."

Spawn 166 becomes a true picking-up point for die-hard fans as well as new fans that are simply daunted by 165 issues of continuity.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!
We have finally found our artist for the new Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane superhero. We're not talking until we have art to show, but he's great! and... Still to come, Spawn: Architects of Fear, an original graphic novel by Arthur Clare and Aleksi Briclot, the team that brought you Spawn Simony. We can promise you this: the art will simply blow your minds! Please keep an eye on SPAWN.com for additional details and special behind-the-scenes information on all these projects.

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ARCHITECTS OF FEAR
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GODSLAYER MONTHLY #1
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SPAWN #165
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SPAWN #166
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SPAWN #169
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