Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Spike: Into the Light #1

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Spike: Into the Light #1

Writer: James Marsters Artist: Derlis Santacruz Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 16, 2014 Cover Price: $14.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
3.5User Rating

He played Spike on the show, and now James Marsters writes a poignant but action-packed story of the vampire who chose to have a soul, and now has to deal with his past while being compelled to play the hero.

  • 9.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 17, 2014

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike " Into the Light is a story that you want to read not only for the fact that James Marsters writes it, but because you like Spike. James Marsters is the best person to handle the character since he played him, and he was on the spot from beginning to end. There was an emotional connection and a sense of realism to him that made you convinced that as a vampire he has a soul. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Culture Mass - K.M. Cone Dec 31, 1969

    Marsters' mastery of Spike allows for a deep yet subtle portrayal of a well-loved character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jul 16, 2014

    ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, has been a staff writer for Bloody-Disgusting since July 2012. You can find her onTwitter, or passed out by the dirt road behindWendys. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Jul 14, 2014

    Marsters knows how to write Spike, but has issues with everything else. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Jul 19, 2014

    Spike: Into the Light offers a brief look into the life of a fan favorite character from the Buffy franchise. This graphic novel exists between episodes of the TV show, providing you with some more development as Spike learns to be a good guy. He's still the anti-hero that we all know and love, but he's not going to bust into a local store to steal or ruthlessly kill someone to satisfy his hunger. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Fenix Jul 24, 2014

    About the book,the art is great..the story go exactly against the entire season 7,in every sense.The timeline was choosen very wrong (at start of season 7) The characterisation was bobbing around a bit but mostly the problem was that the writing was pretty terrible and of course,off the character all time,this is nothing like Cannonical Spike in the series. He beats up two humans at the beginning so he has no chip (no chip before season 7?) and he has his coat which he doesn't get back until ep15 of Season7 in the series. It wouldn't work during the season either, especially later on, because he says he has gone there for a 'fresh start' and when he gets badly injured it states in the text it takes weeks to get better. Spike once dechipped/untriggered wouldn't have left like that, it would totally break a season arc of him Buffy relying on each other emphasised by her having asked him to stay(and doesn't match at all with Scott Allie saying it was a little over 24hrs).It just simply doesn't fit either pre or during S7 because Spike was crazy at that time...It seems they just wanted to place it within canon and didn't properly consider where it would actually work, particularly if Spike is talking in the story as if he has gone off for a 'fresh start'. Any love interesed in the timeline they picked its horrible to see for any BTVS fan.In that time Spike was fully in love with Buffy and dealing with the scene of "seeing red" so of course no one want to see Spike getting puppy eyes from some random girl. Marsters ignore all Spike's guilt for what he did to Buffy in this timeline,that's a big problem with this comics. Spike got his soul for his slayer. I understand a comics between season 7 and 6 should be very emotional and Spuffy. It is a really wasted opportunity though,they could explore an interesing time in Spike's life.

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