Comic books have a history of attempting to tie-in with US Presidential Elections; in 2008, remember, Image Comics' Savage Dragon endorsed Barack Obama before the election, and Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man hung out with him following his inauguration. But no comic's storyline has ever been as directly affected by a real life election - until this year's Spawn #225.The solicitation for the issue reads,

MILESTONE 225th issue! AND...FOR THE FIRST TIME...the results of a Presidential Election will directly affect the events to come.

On November 6th, the citizens of the United States of America will select their Commander In Chief. The winner, and his goals and agendas, will play a role in shaping the next stage in Jim Downing's evolution.

Meanwhile...Jim's long search for answers about his past comes to an end in this two-part story, featuring the return of fan-favorite villain, Jason Wynn.

Wynn, the master puppeteer whose manipulations led to Al Simmons' original fall from grace, now lays bare the full truth regarding Jim's role in "The Project." But what are Wynn's true intentions? And what ramifications do they have on global events.

RETAILERS: This issue contains two alternate endings – one featuring Barack Obama, the other Mitt Romney. Both are available to order using the unique product codes listed in the order form.

Aside from the shameless attempt at topicality, what most interests me about this stunt is that it sounds as if both the endings showing Obama and Romney victories will be released, with the next issue picking up from there. Will we be able to compare the two issues to see how the possible change in political administration affect the direction of the title? And what's with the Watchmen/Before Watchmen homage?

We can but hope that Spawn #225, written by creator Todd McFarlane with art by Szymon Kudranski, will live up to the excitement created by the solicit. We can only dream of a final scene in the issue where Paul Ryan/Joe Biden [Delete According to Your Political Bias] picks up a telephone and says "That's it. Bring in the Violator."

Spawn #225's ship date is, according to the Image Comics website, to be decided.

[Via Robot 6]

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