Al Simmons, formerly one of our government`s greatest soldiers, was resurrected from the ashes of his own grave. Reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell, disfigured, homeless, and alone, this new warrior known as SPAWN now wanders the shadowy alleys of New York City in search of his past life.In this exciting story arc, Spawn explores all nine levels of Hell where he is confronted by new challenges at each level. having his heart ripped from his chest and an dramatic battle with the demon Malebolgia are just two of the adventures. Will the Hellspawn survive this epic journey into the bowels of darkness? On earth, Terry Fitzgerald - once Al Simmons` best friend, who married Simmons` widow, Wanda - hasn`t yet made the connection between the Hellspawn and his remarkable recovery from cancer. But in a dream, it`s revealed to Terry that Spawn is a reborn Simmons; Terry searched the alleys for proof that Spawn is actually his former friend. Other players in this story include the popular Savage Dragon and NYPD detectives Sam & Twitch.