Spike: Into the Light” is a graphic novel of Spike comic meta-series. It was written by James Marsters and illustrated by Derlis Santacruz.


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]




Organizations and Titles



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

Weapons and Objects

Death Count

  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.


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

Pop Culture References


Cover Artwork



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.”


  1. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—Into the Light HC”. Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. “CBR TV 2014: Nicholas Brendon & James Marsters on ‘Buffy Season 10’”. Comic Book Resources, March 21, 2014.
  3. Rob Bricken. “James Marsters reveals the secrets of his dark new Spike comic”. io9, November 20, 2013.
  4. “Top 300 Comics Actual--July 2014.” ICv2, August 11, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  5. “Top 1000 Graphic Novel--2014.” ICv2, January 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2018.