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Series: Spawn #5
Author: Todd McFarlane
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
At the Windgate Institution, Billy Kincaid is read his rights and claimed to be a cured man. He is being released from jail after good behavior. Billy smiles as he coyly still dreams of killing small children. He was placed in prison for 22 years, out in 10 on good behavior, for being caught with the murder of a Senator’s daughter, Amanda Jennings. He had pulled out her teeth and placed maggots into her wounds in a heinous crime. At that moment, he half-fantasizes how he’s killed at least 29 children by luring them to his ice cream truck and then abducting them and how he’s bid his time to be released so he could return to his activities.
As he leaves, Billy sings about ice cream and Sam Burke, who was standing behind him, screams that he’s insane and not actually cured. Sam believes that the murder of Amanda Jennings was not an isolated incident. Sam thinks about how he’s always played by the law, but the law sometimes doesn’t win.
That evening, the news reports about the release of Billy Kincaid.
In Queens, Wanda puts Cyan to sleep in her crib, while Spawn falls asleep in the alleyway amongst trash and rubble.
Sam and Twitch Williams discuss the release of Billy at the New York City Police Headquarters. They agree to perform a midnight stakeout to see if Billy has reformed.
Billy takes Sherlee Johnson, finger paints
Cyan excited to see Wanda after day care.
Bums get hit by cops, cry about Billy. Spawn over hears, recalls how he was hired by Jennings for a hit on Kincaid. Cops go to him first. Problem was they found all the mutilated bodies but evidence went missing, and then the shack blew up. Jason Wynn then told everyone to drop the case.
With Sam and Twitch on stakeout outside Billy’s house, Spawn sneaks in through the back. When he spots Sherlee Johnson’s bloody dress, he moves into the house. Twitch spots a caped figure in the back and they both move in. Inside the house they find the evidence but no Billy.
At New York City Police Headquarters, Sam and Twitch begin plotting their search for Billy. When they walk into a back room, they find Billy Kincaid’s body, bloodied and strung up with chains and a note. It reads, “Boy’s screamed and girls screamed, so I made him scream… and scream… and scream….”
This is where the violence ramps up and set off one of my own personal issues, triggers I guess they call them nowadays. Violence against children. The badguy in this volume is not a super or a demon or anything, he’s just the worst kind of human you can imagine, one who preys on children. He’s a serial killer of children and gets out of jail on a technicality of some sort or another.
My issue is that he immediately kills another child. There was nothing sexual, thank God, but it really left me shaken and wondering if I wanted to continue this series. I realize McFarlane did it for shock value, but that just makes him a scumbag in my books, not a good comic artist.
Plotwise, it gives Spawn a purpose and drives him towards the anti-hero narrative. He kills the pervert and I for one was all for that bit of vigilante justice. However, ending picture encapsulates the heart of violence of this comic and I have to wonder if I want to continue reading.