So, I did a little digging to follow up the whole Spawn Tpb reprint debacle. The following is a list of all the Spawn Gns / Tpbs currently available from Diamond Comics (THE Comic Distributor - so exclusive in fact, people have tried to get the monopoly comission involved, but the monopoly comission look at Comics as a very small piece of the book industry so they didn't investigate any further. Shit, more digression there than a Will Boroughs novel).
STAR70168 SPAWN ANGELA TP TITAN RT £9.99
STAR11814 SPAWN ANGELAS HUNT TP RT £5.50
STAR01068 SPAWN BATMAN CROSSOVER RT £2.75
STAR10344 SPAWN CURSE OF THE SPAWN VOL 2 BLOOD & SUTURES TP RT £6.50
STAR11286 SPAWN CURSE OF THE SPAWN VOL 3 SHADES OF GRAY TP RT £6.50
STAR12029 SPAWN CURSE OF THE SPAWN VOL 4 LOST VALUES TP RT £7.50
MAR041416 SPAWN SIMONY ONE SHOT RT £5.50
STAR11989 SPAWN VOL 11 CROSSROADS TP RT £7.50
STAR08430 SPAWN VOL 5 DEATH & REBIRTH TP RT £6.50
STAR09209 SPAWN VOL 8 BETRAYAL OF BLOOD TP RT £6.50
Pretty shite and inconsistent huh? But look at the two volumes listed right at the top. Surely they feature the Neil Gaiman created Angela with names like that? But I thought Image wern't allowed to republish those.
Next on the list is the Frank Miller DKR follow up, Spawn Batman, currently listed on some websites and priceguides as being worth $10. Yet its still available from Diamond Comics.
And then we have the sheer randomness of the volumes still in print. This list has pretty much looked the same for 3 years now as well. And people wonder why Spawn doesn't sell anymore. The answer is this:
If the creator doesn't care for or respect the character, why should we?