Deep in Hell, Malebolgia gleefully details how Al is being groomed to lead Hell's armies. Meanwhile, in Heaven, Spawn is being interrogated about his clash with Angela. Back in the alley, Spawn spurns a plea for help from a down-and-out man. The man later commits suicide, leaving Spawn to ponder his earlier refusal.
Spawn resurrects a bum killed in the local gang wars, weakening himself with the power drain. At that moment, he's attacked by The Curse, a religious fanatic convinced that he'll gain entrance into Heaven by killing demons. After regaining his strength, Spawn evens the score by attacking The Curse as he preaches.
As the defeated Curse hangs from the walls of Spawn's alley, Wanda scours the allies in search of Spawn. She has come to find out why Spawn saved Terry from certain death. When Spawn saves her from a group of thugs, she mutters some words of thanks, but can't overcome her fear of him and quickly flees.
In a small Alabama town, a well-respected police officer abuses his two young boys. The youngest, Andy, gives shelter to the battered Spawn. Spawn takes action, brandishing the father with the words "I beat my kids." This only increases the violence, which pushes the older boy to grab his father's pistol and end the abuse forever.
Spawn's long trek back to New York leads him deep into Klan country, where a local chapter is planning to kill the county's last remaining black family. Spawn traps the leader in the family's house and transforms him into a black man. When the rest of the Klan arrives, the costumed redneck finds out how it feels to be on the other end of the lynching rope.
Spawn returns to New York and reclaims his throne. Meanwhile, Heaven has selected another Redeemer. This one is pure of heart, and therefore more powerful. Spawn is easily defeated, and his ravaged armor momentarily shuts down. The Redeemer then teleports himself away with Bobby, the bum that Spawn brought back to life.
After his costume recovers, Spawn invades Heaven's terran headquarters. He demands Bobby's release, threatening an oddly powerful old lady with death if he's not heeded. Luckily, the threat works. The Redeemer pursues them, but this time, Spawn transports Bobby and himself away from the fight and into the alleyways.
Spawn ponders leaving town because his presence endangers the homeless. A spy tells his shadowy boss of Spawn's plans. The lackey sets up a meeting in the sewers with Spawn and his boss, who turns out to be the Violator. As they battle, the Violator warns Spawn that if he leaves town, his homeless friends will die.
As Spawn and the Violator battle in the sewers, a water main ruptures and washes them away. Violator, worried by Spawn's rapidly developing armor, enlists Wynn to help him destroy Spawn. He advises Wynn to befriend Terry while leaning on his family, hoping to enrage Spawn and make him vulnerable. Cog urges Spawn to think before he acts, lest he be goaded into a foolhardy attack.
At the police department, Burke threatens to expose Chief Banks with the file Spawn gave him, which links Banks to the child killer Kincaid. Banks faces Spawn, but loses his nerve and reveals that he works for Wynn. Enraged, Spawn confronts Wynn but Terry bursts into the office and demands Wynn's release. Spawn believes Terry has befriended Wynn.
Spawn is pained to see his old friend Terry protecting Wynn. Wynn's troops fire on Spawn, forcing him to flee with his prey. Pursued by aerial airships, Spawn finally leaves Wynn behind to escape. Now suspicious of Terry, he warns Wanda about him. The visit leaves Spawn shaken by the abject terror he engenders in Wanda.
Spawn saves the Freak, a strange new alley creature, from a gang of thugs. The Freak tells him how his family was killed and his mind altered by a Dr. Delirium, a crazed scientist. Now revenge is his sole purpose for living. With Spawn's help. Freak invades Delirium's lair and kills him -- but is this freakish figure everything he claims?
While Cog explains how Spawn's former government masters tricked him, more trouble brews elsewhere. The late scientist Frederick Wilheim worked on two secret projects: fusing bionics with an ape for the government and re-animating his dead wife. Wilheim died before he could help his wife, but not before creating Cy-Gor - a hulking mass of cyber-simian fury!
Financial woes force single mother Phyllis to work on Christmas Eve. Her daughter Nadine sneaks out, leaving little Greggy alone to await Santa. Spawn, scuffling on the roof with robbers, sounds like Santa to Greggy, then a thug drops a fat wad of cash on the fire escape. The windfall allows the family to forget about day to day worries and appreciate their many blessings.
When Spawn sits on his booby-trapped throne, electrically charged tentacles bind him to the seat and send him reeling into darkness. When he awakens, his costume is gone and The Curse is preparing to dissect him! Meanwhile, the hungry Cy-Gor has escaped the from Dr. Wilheim's lab.
As Cy-Gor rampages, the Curse prepares to get to the root of Spawn's evil by studying his body. Left alone, Spawn severs his own hand and uses it to crack the tank holding his uniform. The uniform escapes and goes berserk as it re-integrates its host while attacking the Curse, leading him to blow up the entire complex.
Nine-year-old Pat Shaunessy, a comic geek, ducks into his hideout to escape the school bullies. Suddenly, Spawn's crazed uniform attacks him, but Spawn befriends Pat. Later, the uniform lashes out at Pat's tormentors. Only Pat's intervention saves their lives. Meanwhile, Cy-Gor makes his way to New York and Sam and Twitch tighten the screws on Chief Banks.
When Chief Banks dismisses Sam and Twitch, the duo heads to the press with evidence linking the chief to child killer Billy Kincaid. Wynn, alerted to the story, eliminates all trace of his involvement and lets Banks take the fall. Cornered, Banks takes his own life. Spawn slowly rejuvenates himself after surviving the Curse's torture. Getting stronger, he gradually makes his way back to New York.
When Angela helped Spawn escape Heaven, she lost her position as priority A-1 angel. Tiffany, a firecracker with a taste for blood, is determined to get the job; and her path to success leads straight through Spawn. Coming upon him in his weakened state, Tiffany confronts Spawn and a fierce battle ensues with Tiffany about to decapitate Spawn. Meanwhile, Sam and Twitch wonder why Banks took the fall when others were implicated in their investigation.
Tiffany lops off Spawn's head, only to see it turn into a mass of maggots in her hand -- she's been tricked! Spawn attacks, while the evil creatures in the woods gather to aid him. Together, they reduce the angel to bloody scraps. Spawn returns to New York and meets Cog, who warns Spawn that he must gain control of his costume. Meanwhile, Sam shares with Twitch his dream of opening his own detective agency.
Tremor, thirsting for revenge against the man who ruined his life and killed his family, picks off Twistelli's hit men. Twistelli saves his own life by telling Tremor that his brother still lives. Tremor seeks Spawn's help. Spawn at first refuses, but changes his mind when Tremor brings back one of Twistelli's hit men who's willing to talk. Meanwhile, Terry's illness is getting worse.
In his mansion, Twistelli waits for Tremor to show up,planning to capture him and send him to Sicily to replace the missing Overtkill. When Tremor arrives, he finds his brother acting as Twistelli's bodyguard. Spawn appears and warns Twistelli to stay away from Wanda. Meanwhile, Clown enlists the help of Wynn to bring down Spawn. And Cog wonders if Spawn's costume has overpowered its master.
In his office, Wynn plots against Sam and Twitch, setting up a secret meeting where they are to be eliminated. Meanwhile, Terry has finally linked Wynn to illegal activities, but blacks out due to a mysterious illness. In Rat City, Spawn builds a hideout. Cog wonders who is building it - Spawn or his costume.
Spawn and Terry both battle their personal demons. Spawn's suit has completely taken control of him. He hemorrhages and sprouts growth until he is helped by Cog. Terry blacks out and is struck by a semi-. The accident lands him in the hospital. Cy-Gor is in New York city looking for Spawn.
Terry learns that he will die in two months from a malignant brain tumor. Spawn is torn apart by the belief that Terry's a traitor, but he uses all his power to heal him. This sends Spawn hurtling to Hell's second level, where he is immediately attacked by creatures trying to drain his life-sustaining necroplasm. Then suddenly, memories of past injustices provoke Al into a rage and he rises to fight again.
Spawn freefalls through the levels of Hell where he he undergoes a physical and psychological baptism. Layers of Al Simmons' life are peeled away and his weaknesses are exposed. Finally, Malebolgia rips Al's heart out. Meanwhile, Terry's doctors are still puzzled by his miraculous recovery while Cyan refuses to give up a filthy shoelace she found at the hospital. Elsewhere, Sam shows Twitch their new '55 Chevy car.
Cyan's shoelace is the only physical clue to Terry's mysterious recovery from cancer. Terry's nightmares mirror Al's experiences. Spawn enters Hell's fifth level where he is revered as a returning savior. He is forced into a confrontation with the Savage Dragon and defeats the dragon for the position of the Messiah. The dwellers of Hell turn on both of them and stone them to death - or do they?
Al Simmons is returned to his demonic birthplace where he is tormented by a demon in the likeness of Wanda. When he realizes that Malebolgia has tricked him, he destroys the demon and passes another of the Malebolgia's tests. Malebolgia then agrees to leave Wanda alone in exchange for Al's loyalty and servitude. Spawn then enters Terry's dreams where he suddenly awakens knowing that Al is "alive."
To confirm his dreams of Al, Terry searches the alleys for his dead friend. When Cog intercepts and questions Terry about his motives, he ends up mediating their encounter and saving Terry from Al's jealous rage. After Terry shows Al proof of the case he has against Wynn, Spawn helps Terry on a dangerous mission. Meanwhile, Sam & Twitch wait for the "informant" regarding information regarding information about the Chief Banks - Senator Jennings conspiracy.
When Terry meets with Spawn to plan their mission, he tries to understand his friend's chosen hideout as well as their new-found friendship. When he stumbles onto the worms, Al's reaction confuses even more. Terry and Al carry out their mission to document Wynn's involvement in the arms trade. Upon seeing the evidence, Al sends an explosive message to implicate and endanger Wynn's global network infrastructure.
Major Forsberg, a military strategist, has been kidnapped and imprisoned by Jason Wynn, a key figure in U.S. foreign intelligence. Forsberg had determined the insights of the great conqueror Genghis Kahn and relayed some of this to Wynn. When Forsberg denied having full knowledge, his family is murdered by Wynn. Forsberg believes that Wynn is inhabited by Kahn's spirit. Spawn frees Forsberg from Wynn's prison. Meanwhile, Clown continues to direct Wynn to destroy Spawn and Cy-Gor awaits Spawn's return to Rat City.
Although extremely traumatized, Forsberg, the military strategist, is successfully transported to Spawn's alley for safekeeping until Terry and Al figure out how to use him to their advantage against Wynn. When Cy-Gor makes a surprise attack on Spawn, Forsberg huddles in the background watching the battle. He then returns to reality with some startling information about Cy-Gor's origin and connection to Wynn.
Eddie and Andy, the abused children who killed their father, escape their detention and find their way to New York City in search of their hero, Spawn. There, they are befriended by Snake who offers to employ Eddie to courier illegal packages for him. Snake forces Eddie to lead him to Spawn where a confrontation ensues. Snake is killed and Andy is wounded. After medical treatment, the boys return to the detention center, forever stripped of their innocence.
Spawn pressures Terry into making a final move against Jason Wynn using Major Forsberg's information. Later that day, Cyan appears to be kidnapped by Spawn. Confused and distraught, Terry and Wanda try to understand their relationship with Spawn and explain it to police as they search the alleys for Cyan. Wynn finds out that Terry is leaking information to Wynn's "clients." And a scared and hungry Cyan is forced to color pictures for the real kidnapper - the Clown.
While the police search Spawn's alleys looking for Cyan's kidnapper, Wynn directs a surveillance of his own on Terry with orders to find out why the police are looking for him. Spawn then finds Cyan and the Clown who taunts him into a battle. After Spawn uses up a portion of his energy to destroy the Clown, he brings Cyan to her parents.
After Cyan is returned safely to her parents, Al has a long talk with Granny Blake and as usual, her words of wisdom calm him while creating inner confusion. When he gets back to the alley, the alley bums have rebuilt his throne which seems to hypnotize him as he settles into it. The Clown appears in Spawn's trance and reveals startling facts about his past and future. Meanwhile, Wynn confrims Cy-Gor's remains are safe at a testing facility and orders the disappearance of Terry.
Spawn confronts Jason Wynn only to have his vengeful anger stymied once again. Wynn informs him that if he dies, Terry, Wanda & Cyan will be eliminated. Knowing that he doesn't bluff, Spawn turns it into a catch-22 situation. Later in the alley, chaos erupts when Spawn and Angela are thrown together to discuss the unraveling of the universe. An unknown force then heals Al's face. Meanwhile, Terry is informed about a neighborhood petition to force them out of the area.
A shaken Jason Wynn tells his security forces about a "terrorist threat" on his life and they reinforce the area. Meanwhile, Spawn's face has healed itself. Although startled and confused by this new turn of events, Al forms plans to further intimidate Wynn to ensure Wanda's safety and to win her back. Later, Cog counsels Spawn to get him to reconsider his decisions. Elsewhere in the city, Sam & Twitch are pondering how some of their previous cases seem to be tied together when they receive a hot tip and head to the alley.
By morphing his symbiotic suit to match the soldiers, Spawn infiltrates the compound where Wynn has reinforced security. He successfully severs communication and power systems to cripple the battalions, leaving a terrified Wynn trapped. Spawn threatens Wynn with the promise to undermine his operations until nothing remains of his international empire. In the alley, Sam & Twitch get no information from the bums about Spawn. Cog then fills them in on facts that create more questions.
When Cog promises to answer Sam and Twitch's questions, they follow him into the deepest parts of Rat City. Twitch takes notes as Cog tells the tale of Spawn's confused existence as it relates to them. They view Spawn's throne and hear of his life as it was on earth before he returned as a Hellspawn. At the tour's end, Cog tells the detectives that Spawn has chosen them to help recapture his lost humanity.
Cog agrees to accompany Sam and Twitch back to their office to answer additional questions but vanishes from the moving '55 chevy. Back in Rat City, Al Simmons prepares for his reunion with Wanda like an eager groom. When he discovers that his face has returned to its burned appearance, he vents rage and frustration. Terry is uncooperative when Al wants to continue their plan to bring Wynn down. Meanwhile, Wanda becomes concerned when Cyan flies into a rage when the dog snatches her shoelace & pacifier.
The bums gather to commiserate on their lives and share stories and philosophies about their religious beliefs. Spawn diplomatically joins into the conversation and avoids heating the age old debate of God versus the Devil. Later, in another part of the alley, a gang of bums plot to rob and kill one of their own. When Spawn steps in to question their motives, they open fire on him. He collapses, wondering why his costume isn't defending him against this assault.
Sam and Twitch are called to the home of their client, Mrs. Byrd, whose husband has been murdered. As they drive away, puzzling over the scene of the crime, Cog mysteriously appears in the back seat of the '55 Chevy and asks them to help Spawn. Meanwhile, back in the alley, Spawn's murderer bags up the necroplasm as evidence of his death and takes it to his boss, the Freak. When the bums hear of their protector's demise, the battle for the alley begins.
Sam and Twitch discover the remains of Spawn, crucified and headless in a deep alley. When they attempt to remove the body, they find themselves between warring alley gangs. Just as Sam and Twitch gain control of the angry mass, the Freak takes Twitch hostage. During negotiations over the alley turf and Twitch's life, the worms, maggots, rats and flies revive their necroplasmic master.
Twitch is able to break free from his captor, the Freak, when he is distracted by Spawn's sudden appearance. Then, as Sam, Twitch & Spawn struggle to stop the slaughter in the alley, they feel their curious bond intensifying. Spawn tracks down the Freak, where he is drowned by the worms and insects. Meanwhile, Wanda again witnesses Cyan's psychotic behavior when she loses her soother and necklace out the car window.
While seeking a break from their detective work, Sam and Twitch stumble on to a chaotic scene in a lounge that defies explanation. The bar patrons are fighting violently while appearing to be in a trance-like state. They then observe someone kidnapping one of the girls. Losing the suspect, they later find the girl with her throat ripped out. Meanwhile, as Spawn surveys the aftermath of the alley war, he is attacked by a vampire (Wolfram).
Bootsy steps between Spawn and Wolfram, the vampire, to keep them from destroying each other. When Wolfram mentions a nest of vampires in the area, Spawn goes to investigate just as the police arrive and take Bootsy in for questioning. At the police station, Bootsy passes a cryptic message to Sam and Twitch. Elsewhere in an abandoned warehouse, a child is being tortured. Spawn breaks in, kills the abusers and releases the child who reveals an emblem blazoned across his belly.
Sam & Twitch encounter Cog in their office. Cog leaves them a dossier to help Spawn. Eddie Beckett, who found the bag of necroplasm left by the Freak, is stabbed in an alley. With the aid of the necroplasm, he morphs into the Heap, a ghoulish creature consisting of the rubbish mankind has discarded. As the heat in Manhattan climbs to 130 degrees, the angel Bootsy asks Cog to help Spawn. Meanwhile, Spawn encounters the Heap and is absorbed into the Heap's refuse body!
Sam and Twitch ponder the results of their research on Lt. Colonel Al Simmons. Meanwhile, Spawn continues to battle the Heap until he ends up engulfed by the mass of trash just as Cog and Bootsy arrive to save him. When Bootsy kneels to pray for help, he finds the sigil of the Hellspawn, a token signifying that Spawn is indeed gone. Elsewhere, Spawn falls into a dark space where the former Eddie Beckett awaits for him and points him toward a light source where he is welcomed "home."
Spawn has been thrown into the realm of Greenworld, a third power beyond Heaven and Hell. There he learns that the earth is under siege by man's relentless pollution and overuse of its resources. He is given the task to stop the war between Heaven and Hell in order to preserve Mother Nature. Back in the alleys, Bootsy prays for Spawn's return to earth and is removed from earth for interfering with mortal's lives.
Spawn returns from the Greenworld with his new mission. He spots Granny (Mary) Blake at the tomb of her late husband, Jack. Sensing Spawn's huge weight that he now must bare and the heavy heart he feels for Wanda, she tells Al about Jack. After her story, Spawn takes Granny to the Dead Zone and transforms Granny into her youth with her sight back, then enters Heaven and embraces her husband.
Spawn is led to a former church, now an archive of Hellspawn memorabilia. There, Cog tells Spawn of his own life as a Hellspawn, and how Spawn may break his curse. Meanwhile, detectives Burke and Twitch go looking for Spawn. After finding no sign of Spawn in the alleys, the two are confronted by a stranger. Also, Bobby is in despair, practically at rock bottom. After taking a bottle from a murdered drunk, he asks Heaven's forgiveness.
While Twitch lies in a coma, Sam unknowingly trades favors with Spawn for a miraculous recovery. Sam continues trying to solve the latest, seemingly senseless murders of the homeless but leaves the morgue with more questions than answers after the coroner shows Sam an unusual mark on the latest victim. Meanwhile, Spawn and Cog search a museum of antiquities for ancient answers to the mysteries of the murders and they also find an image of the same mark. Later, Spawn confronts Sam and a recovered Twitch about the results of their detective work even as another body is discovered and this time, itÕs a child.
Detective Silbert interrogates Bobby at police headquarters about his involvement in the recent alley murders. Bobby makes his one phone call to Dr. Sarah Frost and later she and Sam discuss his options. Meanwhile, Spawn ÒfeelsÓ the latest victimÕs death and vows to catch the killer of his people. Later, Sam finds Bobby almost dead near SarahÕs clinic. He breaks into the clinic to get help and finds a shrine of sorts from the killer relating to his victims.
With Spawn's help, Sam and Twitch surmise that Dr. Sarah Frost is the serial killer of the alley inhabitants. Spawn confronts her and witnesses her suicide by pesticides, a victim of her own imagined phobia. But when Sam examines Dr. Frost's body, he finds that now familiar symbol branded on her neck. Later, Sam and Twitch receive a cardboard box with a head in it and a cryptic message written on their office wall.
To everyone in the community, Mark Lucas was a good kid. He was always polite, attended church, did well in school, was quiet and never caused any trouble. But one day he brought a gun to church, shot a few people and later took his own life. Meanwhile, Sam and Twitch try to unravel the mystery of Billy Kincaid's apparent ghostly return and Cog and Spawn do some detective work on their own relating to the strange brands they have seen on the latest victims. Are all the seemingly isolated deaths somehow related?
Billy Kincaid's ghost taunts Spawn about the recent innocent murders. Not only has Spawn been unable to prevent the killing of innocent people, but Billy warns him that things are just getting started. Elsewhere, Twitch's wife and son become hostages on the commuter train. When Spawn intervenes to save the innocent people on the train, the gunman is inadvertently killed and becomes one of Billy Kincaid's ghostly crew. Later, Granny Blake feels Billy's ghostly presence and protectively warns him away from her family.
Spawn approaches Sam & Twitch again about discovering an effective way to stop Billy Kincaid from supplying Hell's army with souls. Meanwhile, a reassigned Jason Wynn hallucinates that he is as powerful, deadly, and ruthless as the legendary Genghis Khan. As he imagines himself "Jason the Conqueror," he opens fire on innocent people in a restaurant. Later, when he returns to reality, he finds himself dirty and disoriented in Spawn's alley where Bobby befriends him.
Twitch puzzles over the case of Billy Kincaid and forms a plan with Spawn to stop Kincaid from possessing innocent people, coercing them to perform unspeakable crimes and then sentencing their souls to Hell. Knowing his family is a target of Kincaid's, Twitch convinces Helen to take the kids away for a while. Later, his fears are confirmed when he and Sam receive a hit list with his family, the Fitzgeralds and Granny Blake named.
Sam and Twitch warn the Fitzgerald family to leave the city for their own safety until they can deal with Billy Kincaid's wrath. Knowing that Billy Kincaid occupies Police Officer Rafferty's body, Spawn, with the help of the alley inhabitants, surround and attempt an exorcism. In the heat of the battle, Twitch shoots Officer Rafferty to his great remorse at shooting an innocent family man.