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Asylum” is a miniseries of Spike comic book meta-series published by IDW Publishing.

Premise

When the Monahan Family asks Spike to find their daughter Ruby, he accepts. The problem? Ruby’s a half-demon and has been checked into the Mosaic Wellness Center, a rehab facility for vampires, demons, and other creatures of the night. The solution — Spike checks himself in as a patient. But there’s another, slightly bigger problem — the hundreds of super-powered, supernatural patients at Mosaic know Spike, and want him dead. If the therapy doesn’t kill him, the other patients will…

Continuity

Appearances

Publications

The series includes 5 issues, collected in a trade paperback and an omnibus:

Issues

Cover Title Issue Release date
Asylum 1 Asylum, Part One 1 September 27, 2006
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
When the Monahan Family asks Spike to find their daughter Ruby, he accepts. The problem? Ruby’s a half-demon and has been checked into the Mosaic Wellness Center, a rehab facility for vampires, demons, and other creatures of the night. The solution — Spike checks himself in as a patient. But there’s another, slightly bigger problem — the hundreds of super-powered, supernatural patients at Mosaic know Spike, and want him dead. If the therapy doesn’t kill him, the other patients will…
Asylum 2 Asylum, Part Two 2 October 04, 2006
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
An innocent girl is trapped in a high-security prison for the supernatural. Spike has checked himself in to get her back. But before Spike can even find her, he has to survive his first day. Vampires, werewolf gangs, vengeance demons, invisible men, giant eight-foot slugs… every prisoner wants to be the one who does him in. What began as a rescue mission is now quickly escalating into a battle for self-preservation in Spike’s latest adventure, courtesy of screenwriter Brian Lynch and artist Franco Urru!
Asylum 3 Asylum, Part Three 3 November 08, 2006
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
The one friend Spike has made at the Mosaic Asylum has been staked. Bad for her — but even worse for the guy who staked her. It’s an all-out prison-style battle royale as Spike gets revenge the only way he knows how — with insults, fists and sharp objects. But when Mosaic’s dirty little secret comes to light, it looks like Spike is going to have to call in some outside help to save the day.
Asylum 4 Asylum, Part Four 4 December 20, 2006
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
Things were bad enough when every inmate in the asylum wanted Spike dead. But now, the asylum staff has joined the cause. It’s Spike vs. pretty much everyone. Poor, poor everyone.
Asylum 5 Asylum, Part Five 5 February 07, 2007
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
The inmates are running the asylum, and only one thing stands between them and freedom: a smart-ass vampire with a soul. Spike: Asylum ends with a bang- numerous bangs, in fact. And stabbings. And stakings. Fists will fly and heads will most definitely roll!

Collections

Cover Title Issues Release date
SpikeAsylum Asylum1–5 May 16, 2007
Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Franco Urru
Collects the entire five-issue Spike: Asylum miniseries, plus bonus materials! When the Monahan Family asks Spike to find their daughter Ruby, he accepts. The problem? Ruby’s a half-demon and has been checked into the Mosaic Wellness Center, a rehab facility for vampires, demons, and other creatures of the night. The solution — Spike checks himself in as a patient. But there’s another, slightly bigger problem — the hundreds of super-powered, supernatural patients at Mosaic know Spike, and want him dead. If the therapy doesn’t kill him, the other patients will… from Brian Lynch and Franco Urru, the same team responsible for the Spike: Shadow Puppets miniseries!
Spike Omnibus Spike Omnibus1–5, others November 03, 2009
Writer: Brian Lynch, others Artist: Franco Urru, others
Wise-cracking and showboatin’ William the Bloody has had his share of adventures during his long un-dead life, and the Spike Omnibus pulls them all together! Learn more about the bad boy of the Buffy-verse in Spike’s earliest stories like “Lost & Found”, “Old Wounds”, and “Old Times”, then read along as Spike battles the lord of the undead in “Spike vs. Dracula”, and finally, catch up with Spike as he heads to the “Asylum” on a work-for-hire mission before heading to Japan to stop maniacal puppets in “Shadow Puppets”. It’s more Spike than you can shake a sharp, wooden stake at!

Behind the scenes

  • It was Brian Lynch’s writing on this miniseries that convinced Joss Whedon that he would the best writer to script the After the Fall series.[1]
  • One of Lynch’s original characters from Asylum, Betta George, was re-introduced in After the Fall as an important supporting character, encouraged by Joss Whedon.[2] Other concepts from Lynch’s stories are used in After the Fall, including Beck and the Mosaic Wellness Center, and both George and Spike vaguely reference events from the miniseries. Beck herself then appears in the canon Spike main series.

References

  1. Chris Ryall, “IDWeek: Joss Whedon Talks Angel, After the Fall”. Newsarama, April 26, 2007.Archived from the original April 29, 2007.
  2. After the Fall, Part One Interview with Brian Lynch