And… um… well, that’s all, really.
Comic Book Resources splashed the news that McFarlane, whose energies have been mostly focused on toy-making and multi-medafyin’ his empire, is returning to actual comic book illustrating. Considering he was The Biggest Artist of the ’90s, that’s theoretically big news… but it’s been greeted by a collective shrug. Why? Well, if McFarlane had a fresh idea, it would probably die of loneliness. The design of the new character suspiciously resembles a fusion of Spider-Man (the character that buoyed Todd’s career), Venom (the villain that solidified Todd’s Marvel superstardom) and Spawn (the solo character that launched Todd’s indpendent empire).
The good news is, at least McFarlane isn’t writing it. He’s roped in respected writer (and new Image Comics chief) Robert Kirkman to do the duties. Kirkman has earned deserved praise for his zombie-verite series The Walking Dead, his superhero-coming-of-age saga Invincible and the just-plain-whacky Astounding Wolf-Man. But McFarlane’s characters have a tendency to bring the worst out of good writers… or maybe you haven’t encountered Alan Moore’s unfortunate Spawn / WildC.A.T.s mini-series which may have the dubious distinction of being the single worst story with the Watchmen scribe’s name on it.