I haven’t kept up with Buffy Season 8 from Joss Whedon. I read the first few and couldn’t help but compare it to the TV show and found it lacking. When I saw that Spike was going to be getting his own 5 issue limited series I was worried. Now remember, I haven’t been keeping up with Buffy. So, when the first page has Spike on a spaceship with a sort of cockroach sidekick I knew I made the correct decision.
Spike travels to the Dark Side of the Moon (along with Roger Waters comments) with these roaches that call him “Your Majesty” to get as far away from Buffy as possible. Even though it’s really a robot Buffy. Seriously, after all he went through in Season 7 on TV and then his Angel run, He is still pining for Buffy. How much angst can a vampire have?
The art by Paul Lee and Andy Owens is very good. Victor Gischler tries to breathe life into Spike and his new sidekicks but doesn’t quite succeed. The interaction between them seems forced as does the roaches final solution to Spike’s problem. It is a tough thing trying to change the personality of an established character and very easy to fall back on familiar patterns. I wish is that Victor takes Spike and breathes new vampire life into him