Spawn is the second-longest running, independent comic book. The creator, Todd McFarlane, has commented that he doesn't plan on stopping until it is the longest run independent comic book (301+ issues to beat Dave Sims). While many of the issues had featured legendary artist, Greg Capullo at the helm, the reigns have recently been passed on to Jonboy Meyers who has taken hold for a new, edgier and aggressive Spawn.
In the desolate backdrop of New York City, an eternal war of Heaven and Hell rages on. Every 400 years, Hell pits Hellspawn to the living realm to fight their wars for them. What happens when that Hellspawn no longer plays by the rules and invents his own?
Al Simmons wanted to return to his life and made a deal with Malebolgia to exchange his soul to return to earth. Things are never so simple, and Al becomes the anti-hero Spawn, as he finds the world is twisted and manipulated by the opposing forces of Heaven and Hell.
Having run for a long time, jumping onto Spawn can be a difficult endeavor. While you can pick up and start reading, it's not uncommon for some threads to go unanswered for 30-50 issues! That's an incredibly long time, but can also be incredible rewarding for those sitting along for the journey.