Series: Spike #1
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Published by Dark Horse Comics on June 5th, 2013
Cover Artist: Jo Chen
Reviewed by: Chris
Fresh from his latest attempt to get Buffy to act on her feelings for him, Spike has fled to the dark side of the moon. His trip leads him to a group of dangerous demons and a rude awakening from his reverie, which in turn leads him on an unexpected adventure to . . . Sunnydale! Collecting Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—A Dark Place #1–#5.
* Cover by Jo Chen!
* A crucial episode in Season 9!
I almost didn't bother to read A DARK PLACE because I absolutely could not stand the whole Spike and the alien bugs plot line that first popped up in Season 8. I decided to give it a shot and, ugh, Spike's still with his alien bug pals. Blah.
Call me weird, but I don't want hardcore sci-fi in my Buffyverse. Every single panel in this collection seems to have either an alien or a spaceship in it and I hated every second of it. Even the surprise visit from a succubus couldn't save this yawn inducing story line. Spike. Aliens. Space. Boo. Suffice it to say that this storyline sums up everything that many, many fans hated about Season 8. Sometimes stories go off the rails and this is certainly one of them.
This review likely would have been even more harsh if I hadn't managed to slog through everything to get to the final page. Oh, that final page! I'm glad I made it because that page alone took away all the pain of the preceding pages. Hell, I had such a goofy fanboy grin at the end of it that my fiancé asked me what I was so happy about. I lied and said I was just thinking about our upcoming wedding because if I had said "Spike! Angel! Back together!" she wouldn't have understood.
If you understand why such a statement is completely awesome then you may want to check this out - though I recommend starting at issue six and going from there.