Curse of the Spawn
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Curse of the Spawn is a spin-off of the popular Spawn comic book by Todd McFarlane. The book introduced other Hellspawns and characters in the "Spawniverse". It was published by Image Comics and has been collected into multiple graphic novels. There were 29 issues.
The first four issues of the series focuses on Daniel Llanso. His story is set some 400 years in the future in an apocalyptic world some time after Armageddon where the Devil Phlegethonyarre has his servant, Abaddon the Angel of the Bottomless Pit and their Undead Army of Nightmares (Necro-Soldiers, Zombies powered by hells Darklight) dominate and hunt all humans.
Daniel's life was an abusive one for the young man, he killed his abusive/drunken father with a laser rifle in order to protect his mother and sister, Madrid. He consequently spends most of his teen years, and a portion of his 20s in various prison facilities on the Moons of Mars and Earth. During his time behind bars he falls in love with a female Public Defender named "Mrs. Noon", they have a strong but short love as she is apparently killed because of him for an unknown reason. Daniels memories of his past are mostly filled with pain and anger, of being shocked with tazer-prods in prison or murdering a Crater-Gang thug by smashing his face-mask of his spacesuit with a rock. At some point Daniel Llanso escapes from a lunar prison in a stolen freighter, but as the story points out the cargo on board was 'Fetid' or more likely booby trapped. Daniel Llanso dies as his spaceship burns up in the Earth's atmosphere, his space suit melts and his flesh burns. He screams as his soul falls burning into the darkness of damnation ending deep within the Twelfth Level of Hell.
Having died and resurrected as a Hellspawn, Daniel at first is lost in a blur of treacherous memory and whispers to do evil deeds and use his energy in violence and to kill. The Hellspawn rises from the barren earth just in time to stop a large demon from killing his sister and her son Matthew. Daniel instantly recognizes her, but not his nephew. She then fires her Energy rifle at the Hellspawn as Madrid and Matt escape. Spawn is left alone only to be 'found' by Abaddon who goads spawn to kill the last humans on Earth, Spawn agrees.
The forces of evil, now gathered within the Vatican City are led by the "Anti-Pope", the Anti-Pope summons a demon named Bune to attack a human stronghold, while Abaddon pushes at Spawn to kill human soldiers and to become Hell's General, Daniel resists at every turn remembering the promise he made the last time he saw his sister alive; to never give up on himself. Abaddon reveals to Spawn that the Anti-Pope has already sent death to claim Madrid and Matt, Spawn removes his mask and sees what he has become in a pool of water, in a moment of anger he is confronted by his master Phlegethonyarre who admits to Daniel that his fate was sealed from the beginning and using his new necro powers consumes a part of his soul. The hellspawn Daniel races against time to rescue Madrid and her son Matt from an army of 'Navkies'(undead children) under the command of the demon Bune. Phlegethonyarre gloats to Abaddon that once Spawn kills Madrid & Mathew the REAL Game can begin.
The story arch during Curse of the Spawn ends in a cliffhanger, having Daniel rescuing his sister, only Matthew was kidnapped by Abaddon and taken to "The Tower". Spawn battles Bune and ultimately kills him with his own Scythe. Spawn races to the top of the tower only to find Abaddon waiting holding Matthew for demonic sacrifice. Abaddon gives spawn the chance to 'save' Matt's soul by killing him so he'll go to heaven (though this is probably a lie), instead Spawn talks to Matt and tells him to picture the place he most wants to be, teleporting Matt back to his mother, who flee while Spawn confronts Abaddon. Spawn and Abaddon battle and spawn appears to win by using his Darklight energy to completely destroy the tower and Abaddon in one huge nuclear looking blast.
Daniel, Madrid, Mathew and a few other minor chars survive the end of the story arch. The story concludes in its own miniseries, called Spawn: Blood & Salvation.
The rest of the Curse of the Spawn issues focuses around related Characters from the main spawn series, like Jessica Priest, Sam and Twitch, The Angel Abdiel and Angela, Hatchet a Zombie Spawn, and other tales of other hell throughout the comics timelines.
Some of these stories include; An angel named Abdiel sent to spy on Malebolgia is tricked and banished from heaven, A Greek boy named Raenius, who was killed by Zeus (the god) and resurrected as a Hellspawn, who kills Zeus with the gorgon Medusa by his side.
Trade paperback collections
- "Curse of the Spawn: Book 1: Sacrifice of the Soul", 1-4
- "Curse of the Spawn: Book 2: Blood and Sutures", 5-8
- "Curse of the Spawn: Book 3: Shades of Grey", 9-11, 29
- "Curse of the Spawn: Book 4: Lost Values", 12-14, 22
- "The Best of Curse of the Spawn" - 1-8, 12-16, 20-29 of "Curse of the Spawn"