When CBR News spoke with Todd McFarlane ahead of Comic-Con International, the legendary creator was already making plans for "Spawn" #250 with no signs of slowing down. He also teased that he would be handing over the reins of the series to a new creative team, one which he was not yet ready to reveal. On the eve of New York Comic Con, McFarlane revealed the new team as former "X-Men" writer Brian Wood and artist Jonboy Meyers.
The word broke in USA Today who note that the new creative direction for the series will coincide with the return of original Spawn identity Al Simmons. The character has been off the table in the series since he was revealed as the villain in the unfinished "Image United" event. McFarlane is looking to reset the clock on the character with the anniversary issue, which will feature a cover by longitme "Spawn" artist and current "Batman" penciler Greg Capullo.
"I'm pushing 30 years in the industry, and I went from that cool brother dude artist to the uncle to I'm the dad now," McFarlane told the paper of his status as mentor to all the creators involved. But for Wood and Meyers' new story, he said he told the new team, "You will be doing your job if every reader says, 'This is awesome! I don't get why Todd didn't do this years ago.' Make me be the dumbest guy who's ever written the book."
What that means is " classic superhero, clean comic-book stuff that I think some of the Spawn fans have been aching for since arguably Greg left."
The anniversary change up coincides with the long-awaited introduction of "Spawn's classic adventures to the digital format, all of which hold the potential to put Al Simmons in front of new readers and older fans.
Below, check out McFarlane's interview with CBR TV from Comic-Con in which he talks about the importance of numbering to "Spawn" and much more.
Stay tuned to CBR for more on the future of "Spawn" and more news out of New York Comic Con.