Book: Spike, A Dark Place

"Spike: A Dark Place"

Spike hightails it for the dark side of the moon after parting ways with his on-again, off-again love interest, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Once a terrifying vampire, Spike has grown soft. It’s nothing that a vacation on a bug-filled spaceship headed for the moon can’t fix. That and some heavy drinking. But his plans for self-loathing are interrupted when he’s confronted by dangerous demons looking for a first-class ticket to… Sunnydale! Villains from Spike’s shady past appear, and a sultry succubus tempts Spike to move on from his aching heart.

I wanted to like it. I really did. After all, I did pay 900 pesos for it. But I just couldn’t. Is it because I’m not really a Spike fan? But I like the character. Maybe in smaller doses, but I like the character. He provides much needed lightness on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Especially during the latter parts of both series.

That said, I didn’t miss him much for most of Season 8. And since his reappearance, he really hasn’t done much to merit a strong reaction for or against him.

Which is probably why I’m not completely sold with the idea of Spike going off on an adventure of his own. Not that he did. He just stumbled upon it. Treated it lightly. Fought against demons. Got bamboozled by a woman. And then it’s back to status quo.

No, Spike: A Dark Place just doesn’t have actual character traction. Well, it does–for Sebastian, one of the bugs Spike picked up from the IDW Angel series. But for our main character? The character we’re supposed to root for? Nothing. Zip.

Oh, you can say he made a realization. An epiphany, if you will. But if we’re going to be completely honest, TV!Spike would’ve made said epiphany in three scenes. Heck, he had a full realization through just one song in the musical episode. So having him go through an adventure just to have him understand that he shouldn’t stay away from someone he cares for just because he doesn’t think he’s good for her? Yeah–no. It doesn’t make for good comics.

And the worst part of this all is, the series already starts with Spike already coming to this conclusion. With a fake beach. And then the misadventure happens.

I… I have no more words, to say frankly. Except, well, I shouldn’t have bought this title. I should have just stuck with the monthly issues of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer Season 9.