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Spike: A Dark Place is a comic book miniseries published under the Season Nine banner. Written by Victor Gischler and illustrated by Paul Lee, the five issues were originally published from August 2012 to January 2013 by Dark Horse Comics.


Spike feels depressed after Buffy rejects his offer to join him on his ship, and his bug crew take him to the moon. There, the ship is hijacked by nefarious demons.





Cover Title Issue Release date
BS9S1A A Dark Place, Part One 1 August 22, 2012
Having fought to regain his soul after falling in love with the Slayer Buffy, the once-terrifying vampire villain Spike has been a bit less fearsome (to humans, at least). On his own adventure, Spike is forced to examine the man he once was, the man he is now, and the man he still hopes to become. As master of a steampunk ship filled with loyal, oversized alien cockroaches, Spike embarks on a journey to the dark side of the moon, setting into motion an adventure filled with demons, witches, and others who brew new evil in the world without magic!
Spike2A A Dark Place, Part Two 2 September 19, 2012
Spike, traveling with a crew of cockroach-like aliens and stranded demons, is headed back from the dark side of the moon to... Sunnydale. If you're a vampire on a walkabout who wants to gain some perspective and get over a girl (psst... it's Buffy), it might not be the best idea to return to the nostalgia-filled hometown you helped her destroy. But if you don't have a choice, maybe the best hope is to find another way to put out the old flame...
Spike (dark horse) 3A A Dark Place, Part Three 3 October 24, 2012
Spike meets a demon in distress and a familiar, exceptionally nasty duo that are all after something buried in the rubble formerly known as Sunnydale. For a vampire with a soul and an aching heart, dabbling in a little villainy is a welcome distraction. But Spike will have to beware if the distraction becomes too much to handle...
Sadp4a A Dark Place, Part Four 4 November 21, 2012
Spike departs from the ruins of Sunnydale — and all those memories — with a demon who wants desperately to return to her home dimension. But with the loss of magic, her connection is lost. Spike, ever the hero, offers to help this mysterious damsel in distress in her journey to find any remnants of magic that might reconnect her to her world.
Sadp5a A Dark Place, Part Five 5 January 23, 2013
Spike and his new demon companion are getting along really well... On Easter Island, the duo work to activate a remnant of magic to help get Morgan home. Spike has stars in his eyes, but the bugs are wary of Spike's newest friend and their master's overly relaxed attitude. Something seems off. He's come out of his self-inflicted dark place a bit too swiftly...


Cover Title Issues Release date
Buffyversesamplercover Buffyverse Sampler 1, others January 23, 2013
Following the success of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Dark Horse launched four separate series for the anticipated Buffy Season 9: Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith are direct follow-ups to Season 8, and both Spike and Willow are spinoffs from those two ongoing series. Collected here are all four 1 issues!
Sahptpb A Dark Place 1–5 July 2, 2013
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!
Anfv2 Angel & Faith Season Nine Library Edition, Volume 2 1–5, others August 12, 2015
Willow arrives in London looking to join forces with Angel and Faith and gain access to Angel's son, Connor. With Connor's help, Willow hopes to travel to the fearsome hell dimension, Quor'toth, and restore magic to earth! On the dark side of the moon, Spike embraces some peace, quiet, and distance from the Slayer. But when a pack of demons and a succubus rip him from his melancholic reverie, he embarks on an unexpected adventure that reveals some hard truths.

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International titles[]

  • French: Spike: Un sombre refuge (Spike: A Dark Refuge)


  1. Kiel Phegley, "C2E2: Scott Allie Opens Up on 'Spike' & 'Willow.'" CBR, April 14, 2012.