Todd McFarlane took the stage early at the 2015 Image Expo to cap a week of teases with the news that Paul Jenkins would be the next writer of "Spawn." The comics veteran will be joining previously announced artist Jonboy Meyers starting with the incoming "Spawn: Resurrection" one-shot before taking over the regular series with issue #251.
During Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson's keynote address, McFarlane joked that Jenkins job on the book would be to make fans wonder why Spawn's creator had been writing the series for so long.
The news comes after McFarlane teased an Eisner Award-winning writer would take the reins of the book, and Jenkins fits the bill having won the industry honor in 1999 for his work on Marvel's "Inhumans" with Jae Lee. Since then, Jenkins has worked on a number of Image projects as well – notably a long run on Top Cow's "The Darkness." In recent years, the writer has spoken publicly about his choice to step away from work for Marvel and DC Comics and focus on other work, and for a time he was exclusive to his "Deathmatch" publisher BOOM! Studios.
Jenkins replaces Brian Wood as the planned "Spawn" writer, though Wood is sticking with Image Central for other projects as Stephenson also announced his new series "Starve" with Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart.
McFarlane's other big news of the event was "Savior" – a new series with his longtime collaborator Brian Holguin and artist Clayton Crain. The first eight issues of the series are reportedly complete and ready to publish.
Stay turned for first looks at both these new series and more from Image Expo all day on CBR.