Official Press Release
BERKELEY, CA -- APRIL 10, 2007 -- SPAWN #166 - featuring Spawn's rise from the ashes of armageddon - has sold out at Diamond. That's right: After 15 years of continuous publication, Todd McFarlane's signature creation can still spawn sell-out sales. This time it's thanks to new artist Brian Haberlin, who joins writer David Hine to steer Image's flagship title in an all-new direction! Hine and Haberlin's new take on SPAWN has struck such a chord with fans, and Image is immediately going back to press to meet the huge demand.
"Todd wanted us to grab people by the lapels and tell 'em that Spawn is back!" says writer David Hine. "The whole creative team felt supercharged, and it shows in the book. Once I saw Haberlin's art – particularly that soul-chilling last page – I knew we had a hit on our hands."
SPAWN #166 chronicles Spawn's life after the epic conclusion to the Armageddon story line. Spawn has returned to the alleyways of New York and found that not everything is right in the world. Part gritty crime story and part cutting edge horror, the opening salvo of Hine and Haberlin's new direction is easily the most talked about issue since the series' debut.
"Hine and Haberlin are leading SPAWN in a very new, very dark direction," says retailer Mike Malve of Atomic Comics in Phoenix. "If you haven't read SPAWN before, now is a good place to give it a try. Haberlin's art is as different from previous incarnations of Spawn as McFarlane's original run was different from his work on Spider-man. Very dark, very disturbing… very good. "
Image Comics advises that retailers check their orders for the rest of the series as it continues to attract readers. SPAWN #167 (DEC061890) and SPAWN #168 (JAN071944) are available for order increase.
Retailers can order the second printing of SPAWN #166 (NOV061883) – featuring an all-new cover by Haberlin – from their Diamond Customer Service Representative by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more, by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today.
[Editor's Note: For more on this title, check out CBR's interview with Hine from January, 2007.]