Spike is an upcoming comic book series published by IDW Publishing. Written by Brian Lynch, it focuses on the character of Spike, a main character in television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel. Uniquely, although this is a spin-off from IDW's larger Angel: After the Fall franchise, it also serves as a prequel to Dark Horse Comics' own Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book series. As such, it is "canon" to the overall "Buffyverse" in which stories take place. Although originally intended as an ongoing series, the Angel rights transfer from IDW to Dark Horse will see the series end for the time being after eight issues.
Note that while Spike: Asylum was not originally intended as canon, it does introduce the characters in the Spike comic thus having earned a place in the chronology of the series.
The plot of the first arc features Spike travelling to Las Vegas for a mission refused by Angel. There, he acquires the crew and the ship introduced properly in the pages of Buffy Season Eight arc "Last Gleaming".
Related/Spin-offsBuffy The Vampire Slayer
Angel After The Fall
Buffy the Vampire Slayer S8
Angel + Faith
Buffy the Vampire Slayer S9
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