- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing; 2nd Printing edition (October 17, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600100120
- ISBN-13: 978-1600100123
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,519,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spike vs. Dracula Paperback – October 17, 2006
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About the Author
Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: Television, film, books (fiction, non-fiction and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them. Peter has had multiple New York Times Bestsellers, and has written legendary runs of The Incredible Hulk, Aquaman, Supergirl, Spider-Man 2099, Star Trek, and X-Factor.
Top customer reviews
Artwork: 3 out of 5
It's the classic comic book art style seen in 90% of comics. Nothing too specialthere. The facial expressions could have been better and the pages more visually captivating. Overall, the art was blah and disappointing.
Story: 5 out of 5
Loved it! The 5 issues in this series tell the story of each encounter Spike had with Dracula over the decades. The first issue covers how Spike first met Dracula and the epic rivalry that was set off due to Angelus' actions. The next few issues take you to different time periods and different events all involving run-ins between Spike and his nemesis Dracula. The final issue takes place after Dracula's Buffy episode, and it's absolutely hilarious. Spike VS Dracula was a highly entertaining read with quite a few nods to the show (we meet an ancestor of Oz's). It was fantastic.
I totally recommend all Buffy and Angel fans picking this mini-series up. It's definitely worth it!
If you're like me, you probably found the BTVS episode "Buffy vs. Dracula" a bit underwhelming, both in its plot and its depiction of Dracula.
However, I can wholeheartedly say that "Spike vs. Dracula" surpasses the Buffy episode on which it is based.
In "Buffy vs. Dracula," Spike mentions that he and Drac are old rivals, and that Dracula owes him 11 pounds.
"Spike vs. Dracula" has an intricate, ever-changing plot as it details Spike and Dracula's encounters over decades and decades, starting from Spike's earliest days as a vampire all the way to Spike's time as an incorporeal ghost vampire with a soul at Wolfram & Hart.
Dracula's portrayal and backstory itself is much more interesting than what we got on BTVS.
The story starts out very strong, with Spike and Dracula's first encounter very humorous. We get to see exactly how Dracula owes Spike the 11 quid, or so he feels.
The book's tone and subplots keep shifting through all the various time changes. It reads more like a mini-series than one focused story, but it ties in very well to the canon of the TV shows. One downside is the artists keep changing as well, and the quality varies, but overall the artwork is good.
The one aspect that seems to tie it all together is Spike's never-ending quest to get his 11 pounds back. Does he get it back? Ah-ah, that would be telling!
One downside for Spike fans, though, that I think I should mention is that Dracula ends up becoming more Angel's rival than Spike's by the end of the story. And ultimately the always-shifting plot just leads to a punchline.
But this story adds a lot more to the Dracula mythos than the original Buffy episode did. And if Backstory's your thing, then this is definitely for you. It's also nice that we get to see Spike's change through the ages. If you like all forms of Spike, you get both Good and Bad Spike in this one.