Part of the problem with comics is that, to newcomers, it can be a bit daunting to get into a new book when it’s already on issue #287 on volume XVII. While all of that back history is sure to be fun to slag through on a nice summer day, ain’t nobody got time for that. A re-launch allows readers old and new to latch onto a reinvigorated work, as demonstrated by DC’s habit of resetting its universe, with The New 52 receiving warm reviews.
Additionally, Marvel has essentially relaunched its universes twice, allowing writers to utilize characters and significant events crucial to a specific hero without egregious retconning (if you want to give yourself a migraine to get out of work today, read Jean Grey’s Wikipedia entry for a perfect example of ramshackle retconning) and perhaps most importantly, reboots allow new readers to get into well known characters and titles without having to slog through leagues of long boxes of back issues. Additionally, some titles have run for so long that there’s simply nowhere else to go for the hero. All of the hero’s villains have been vanquished, romantic pursuits pursued, and the only thing the author can do is fall into the ultimate evil plus one or girlfriend in a freezer trope to create conflict. Sometimes, a reboot is just the perfect device to get a title back to its roots, as opposed to jumping the shark.
So, which titles deserve reboots? Move your eyes down and behold.
Originally, Todd McFarlane’s Spawn was a simpler comic, with Spawn battling mafioso cyborgs and cyberpunk priests, but just like an Emo Goku from Dragonball Z, character development for Spawn meant increasing his necrotic power level, up until the point where he met Jesus, got enough power to kill God and Satan’s Creator, and every Lord of Evil was always just the insubordinate to a God-king of Evil who was just the first in line in a council of Chaos despots etc. For a comic about a warrior from Hell it all got a bit ridiculous. McFarlane has made Spawn basically into necro-Jesus. What ever happened to his over the top villains? Overtkill, Tremor, Freak, Violator– these are the names I grew up with, buying actions figures based on a comic that in retrospect I was waaaay too young to be reading.
Y’know what I miss? That energy counter that would pop up in the early issues of Spawn–again not unlike the scanners from Dragonball Z — which allowed readers to not only literally gauge how much life Al Simmons had left, but also served as an expositional indicator of when Spawn was struggling.
Things reached a head, where after both killing the four horsemen of the Apocalypse and meeting Batman, Spawn offed himself, as befitting any superhero who had done everything that he ever could do.
Spawn blew his own head off ultimately passing the necroplasm armor to a new hellspawn Jim, while also simultaneously introducing the Violator and Sam and Twitch again. It’s like, they’re begging for a Spawn reboot without actually committing to it, just rehashing all the familiar places in a sort of greatest hits of McFarlane. What’s next, Redeemer Number IV?
Perhaps this is somewhat ridiculous to ask for in a comic, but Spawn/Al Simmons has been like, resurrected on at least three separate occasions by my count, with two respawns for his nemesis the Violator, and I have no reason to believe why Spawn blowing off his own head with the very energy that powers his powers would do him any good. You see this is why the old Spawn energy counter was useful — made us 100 percent positive when old shoelace face was down for the count.