Episode #09 - Colors of Blood
Original Airdate - May 29th, 1998

Wynn turns to Wanda after he's unable to find Terry after his hitmen failed. Spawn takes care of some local drug dealers that are killing the alley bums.

Media and Review by Bird Boy
Written by Larry Brody, John Shirley and Victor Bumbalo
Directed by Mike Vosburg
Music by Shirley Walker
Animation by Mad House, LTD., D.R. Movie

Keith David as Spawn
Richard Dysart as Cogliostro
Michael Nicolosi as Clown
Dominuqe Jennings as Wanda Blake
Victor Love as Terry Fitzgerald, Bobby
James Keane as Sam Burke
Micahel McShane as Twitch Williams, Gareb
John Rafter Lee as Jason Wynn
Denise Poirier as Merrick
Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Jess Chapel
John DiMaggio, Charlie Adler, Michael Scott Ryan, Rickie Dean Logan, Lewis Arquette, Brenda Vaccaro as Additional Vocies
Screen Grabs


Sound Clips
Todd McFarlane Intro (MP3, 489kb)

Review: For some reason this episode always stood out to me. Perhaps because it was just such a departure from what was this seasons overall theme. It focuses almost exclusively on the alley denizens and their troubles with a nearby drug dealer. Spawn eventually takes out the dealer and all his men, though all this does is harvest more souls for Malebolgia. Still, it was good to see the bastards go down after seeing two of the “bums” killed (and subsequently thrown into the sewer).

Visuals were a very strong part of this episode. One of my favorite shots of the entire series has Spawn standing in front of a church window with red light bleeding out of it. This illuminates some of his cloak as well as his face and it’s just a killer shot. There’s a variant of it that’s repeated a few times throughout the episode, but the fully body shot at the end is the one I love—one of the many “money shots” in the show.

The ending with the drug dealer’s brother being tied up in chains reminded me of the death of Billy Kincaid in one of the early issues of Spawn. It’s a great pan shot, with the corpse swinging back and forth with blood dripping down. That may make me sound morbid, but there’s something about the shot that’s both disturbing and yet…”sweet”, probably, again, because of the bums these guys had killed earlier in the show.

Overall a good episode; not much action but we see Spawn slowly becoming more human over the course of the series. At least in terms of emotion—he certainly still has an inhuman urge to maim and kill.

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