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I always liked this series, going back to when it was first broadcast on HBO. The storyline is not complicated, but the animation is way above average. It is not anime. I liked this better than the movie because by it being a mini series, the story was able to go into much more detail about the main character's past, and the story of his pact with the devil. Also kind of gritty film noir atmosphere. Well worth watching. And the previews by the actual creator Todd McFarlane shedding light on certain aspects of the episode prior to the showing only adds to the story's development.
I watched every episode when the series came out in the mid/late 90's. I wasn't (and still am not) a big comic book guy. I had heard about Spawn from a friend of mine. He was a big comic book guy. He told me about the series on HBO and how different Spawn was compared to other mainstream comics at the time. It peaked my interest so I decided to watch it. I remember thinking " Wow, this is great!" This isn't a run of the mill "good guy vs bad guy" superhero saves the day story. It is way more complex. It's a love story at its heart. It's about what a man is willing to do just to see the love of his life one more time. It's also about a struggle against both inner and outer demons. A internal struggle that becomes external. A fight between the light and the dark and how sometimes they can become the same. It's dark and gritty and yes it is violent. But the violence is not gratuitous, it's a integral part of the story, not added for shock value. I loved it then and I love it even more after watching it again. I sat and watched all three seasons over a few days. Each episode leaves you wanting more. I hated that the series was done. I want more! Three seasons isn't enough. I hope Amazon will pick this back up and let us get more. Remember " Don't let the demons take you".
I remember watching 'Spawn' on HBO when it first aired. It does show a little age around the edges, but it's well done. It's faithful to the source material. I remember when Spawn was huge in the '90's. Show has interested me enough to dig out my TPB's and reread the series. I would recommend this to anyone (18 or older, "HBO will show this feature only at night") who likes their superheroes with a large dose of the supernatural.
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2016
Format: Prime VideoVerified Purchase
Excellent voice acting and visual art create a show with a powerful brooding ambiance. Relatively similar art includes Blade Runner, Batman, Vice City, Planescape: Torment, and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. It concerns itself with the battle between good and evil in a man's soul. The story is unfinished--I really wanted to see more of the celestial warriors.
Awesome. Todd Mcfarlane is a genius of independent comic creation. I have been a spawn fan since he was released to the public, day one. And the entire series will be with me till my last day in earth and past it. Can't wait till more Spawn criteria is created past origins and the talk of the new movie. Spawn is a much needed figure that I hope is more recognized by every adult and child to come as it was back in the 90's when I first read issue 1. Amazing comic and show to boot. The tv series has always stayed true to the comic. Thank you for a long time coming to Todd McFarlane for creating such a thing outside the normal realms of DC and marvel. Much needed.
The movie was my first introduction to Todd McFarlane and the character Spawn. I just love the depth and the darkness of the story, the animation is vivid but there is a definite darkness to it. I even have the first edition copy of the comic book. Yes spawn is my hero!
Great show! I never knew this was ever on in the 90s so it's not nostalgia talking. Too many shows try to hard to be dark and gritty, drop cobstant f-bombs to feel "mature" or have a may-as-well-be-porn feel them. Spawn is adult done right
The story of Al Simmons is gripping and these first 3 episodes of series 1 are excellent. The story is water tight. The animation is good, better in my opinion to many other anime that I have seen (Though I am no expert) The animation progresses as time goes on, it gets a lot more crisp and darker. Keith David plays the voice of Spawn and he really does steak the show with his dark and thrilling voice over work, I couldn't imagine these episodes doing so well without his charisma.
As another reviewer has stated, make sure for the correct theatrical un-cut series, get the 18 cert version. I believe they released the first and part of series two watered down for a younger teen audience and graphic scenes are watered down dramaticaly.
Overall a brilliant start to a growing excellent series, its just a shame its ended completely.