"Spike: Into the Light" is a graphic novel of Spike comic meta-series. Written by James Marsters and illustrated by Derlis Santacruz, it was originally published on July 16, 2014 by Dark Horse Comics.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

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.[1]

Continuity[edit | edit source]

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Individuals[edit | edit source]

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Species[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

  • England (Only mentioned)
    • London (Only mentioned)
  • United States
    • Greenville, California
      • Dylan Turner's residence
      • Greenville Danceteria
      • Pawn Shop
    • Minnesota (Only mentioned)
    • New York (Only mentioned)

Weapons and objects[edit | edit source]

Death count[edit | edit source]

  • Unidentified pawn shop worker, killed by Spike (in flashback).
  • The three accomplices, killed by Spike (only mentioned).
  • Rats, eaten by Spike (only mentioned).

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Production[edit | edit source]

  • This is the second comic written by James Marsters, who played Spike in the television show. His debut in the comics had been with issue Spike and Dru: Paint the Town Red.
  • This is the debut for artist Derlis Santacruz on Buffyverse comics, who would also write Angel & Faith issue Old Habits.
  • Marsters has revealed that his idea for the graphic novel had been initially suggested to Joss Whedon, for the Spike TV movie that never came to be.[2]
  • The character Dylan was based on Marsters' wife, Jasmin Marsters, both in her appearance and personality.[3]
  • Marsters himself was born in Greenville, California, the town the story takes place.

Distribution[edit | edit source]

  • "Spike: Into the Light" was the 25th best selling graphic novel in its publishing month, with 3,138 sales in July 2014 at comic specialty stores.[4] It also was the 359th best selling graphic novel in all 2014.[5]

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Cover artwork[edit | edit source]

Preview[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Spike: "Once... A long time ago, I was a very bad man. I thought I was protecting myself, but I was only hurting people. Now I've... Woken up, and I'm trying to help people."

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