new trade paperbacks on the way
Spawn #12 and Curse #5 Set to Hit the Shelves
Friday, April 13, 2001



Spawn #12 and Curse #5 Set to Hit the Shelves

April 13, 2001



Two new trade paperbacks will be hitting bookstores in the next several weeks.

    The first is Spawn #12, Immortality, which collects the complete issues 51-54 of this long-running monthly comic book.

    Al Simmons, once the U.S. government's greatest soldier, was resurrected from the ashes of his own grave. Reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell, disfigured, homeless and alone, this warrior now known as Spawn wanders the shadowy alleys of New York City in search of his past life.

    In this exciting arc, Spawn explores all nine levels of Hell where he is confronted by new challenges at each level. Having his heart ripped from his chest and an epic battle with the demon Malebolgia are just two of the adventures. Will the Hellspawn survive this epic journey into the bowels of blackness?

    On Earth, Terry Fitzgerald - once Al Simmons' best friend, who married Simmons' widow, Wanda -- hasn't yet made the connection between his remarkable recovery from cancer and the Hellspawn. But in a dream, it's revealed to Terry that Spawn is a reborn Simmons; Terry searches the alleys for proof that Spawn is actually his former friend. Other players in this story arc include NYPD detectives Sam and Twitch, and the popular Savage Dragon character created by Image partner Erik Larsen.

    The second trade is Curse of the Spawn #5, Penumbra, which reprints Curse of the Spawn issues 15-19 and encompasses two complete story arcs.

    The first arc tells the story of the angel Abdiel, the celestial warrior who carries out the wrath of God. Abdiel is secretly transported to Hell's eighth plane in order to assassinate the demon Malebolgia. Will he succeed? Or is this angel no match for Malebolgia's demonic strength? The Al Simmons Hellspawn appears in this storyline as well.

    The second arc tells the violent tale of New York mobster Antonio Twistelli and his deadly battle with the shadowy Vatican Secret Police. You see, Twistelli has used and abused the VSP's secret weapon - the cyborg equalizer Overtkill - and they are out for blood. Will Twistelli make it through the coming bloodbath?

    The Spawn book will be in stores in April and the Curse book in May.