- Series: Spike
- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (May 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600100619
- ISBN-13: 978-1600100611
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spike: Asylum Paperback – May 29, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
If you've liked IDW's Angel and/or Spike comics, you'll like this. Matter of fact, you'll love this. It's better than all the Angel mini-series, better than the intriguing "Spike vs. Dracula" and better than the Spike one-shots. Not to rag on those, because they--for the most part--are highly entertaining. "Spike: Asylum" is just on a different level. It, unlike the others, transcends comics; you don't have to be a comic lover, a comic reader, or even familiar with the medium to enjoy this series.
While it's not as addictive as "Buffy: Season Eight", it's no doubt as well-written. With a different writer writing or artist drawing the same story, the story might have seemed a bit too fast paced, but the creative team of Brian Lynch and Franco Urru handle the job in a manner that can be described as nothing but perfectly. This actually reads as if it was the pilot of a Spike series (if it were canon); there's a cast of memorable characters (a few of which we'll see again, judging from the covers of the upcoming Lynch/Urru project "Spike: Shadow Puppets), and it just makes me want to read more. This is not a series that it's okay to miss.
But why are you reading this? After reading Lynch's take on Spike, Joss Whedon himself contacted Lynch and told him he wants him to write "Angel: Season Six" in comic book form. That in itself is pretty much all I had to say in this review, but I'm a long winded kinda guy.
"Spike, Asylum" is targeted for the more mature fans, unlike the several paperbacks on the market, a fact that I find mildly ironic. But that has little to do with an assessment of this story.
The story consists of the results of our hero infiltrating a demon asylum in search of a missing girl' The inmates both know and hate Spike, which provides the excuse for all the action contained between these two covers.
The writing and artwork are adequate, and the title character reacts to his surroundings much the way as the one created by James Marsters, and there are quite a few inside jokes scattered throughout the story to make it a fun read for dyed in the wool Buffy fans, though those not familiar with the "Buffy," and "Angel" series may be somewhat lost. Keep that in mind when buying and reading this story, and you won't be disapointed.
The trade paperback collects the entire five issue limited series from IDW. Spike is at his big-mouthed best in the book and it only serves to get him into more and more trouble. What seems to be a fairly simple plot is cut open to reveal much more once Spike is finally inside Mosaic and several interesting surprises are served up for the reader. Writer Brian Lynch moves the story along quickly. Artist Franco Urru is a new name for me but one who I hope to hear more about in the future. His rendering of Spike is spot on and he also gives readers some very interesting (and disgusting) looking fellow inmates. Look for a surprise guest star as well. IDW is doing a great job with the character.
REVIWED BY TIM JANSON
I liked little touches such as a nod to the Gentlemen from BtVS S4 and some of the references to times past (particularly the eyepatched smartass). I think the thing that made the comic enjoyable is that I there's a sense that Lynch really enjoys writing for this character.
The storyline itself definitely casts Spike as a hero who, however reluctantly embarking on this mission, nonetheless quickly develops a sense of responsibility about the people he encounters and what he feels needs to be done in the demon asylum. It's also nice to get a cameo appearance from Lorne, who Lynch will later pair (to great effect) with Spike in Shadow Puppets. The artwork is also quite good and serves the story well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this. And the premise, so creative. I totally enjoyed this story and the art was awesome. I am so thankful for these graphic novels. Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by withatrace
A good tale which shows a working knowledge of the buffyverse. It was an enjoyable story, and I had only one problem with it: they made Spike too ineffectual. Read morePublished on August 22, 2007 by Leahna
Best graphic novel from the Buffy-verse. If you're a fan of Spike, then this is a must have. Great story, excellent characters & throwback references that only a Buffy fan well... Read morePublished on August 7, 2007 by AllState