I have my copy of Spike #6 of 8(still no Illyira #4. ).Some MAJOR stuff does happen in this one.
1)Yes that is Lilah in the preview page.
It's like how she appeared in the episode,"Home" and how Holland Manners appeared in,"Reprise."
continuing from that.And it relates to point 6 below.W&H is leaving our plane due to something big coming.
Lilah:So this is where YOU EACH TELL ME why you deserve to move on.Because ladies,gentlemen,whatever you are with the fins,Wolfram & Hart Is moving on in ways that would blow your tiny little minds.So,print your resumes and grab your clients roster,because one at a time,you're heading into my office and you're going to argue for your existence,are we clear?
Lilah:Here's where you say,"yes,Miss Morgan."
the room:Yes,Miss Morgan.
2)Spike/Beck shippers get their moment in this issue.
Spike rescues Beck and George in the issue(George is still freaked from seeing Spike and Dru's past in Dru's mind and is now uncomfortable around Spike).After Spike unchains Beck,she kisses him even though she knows he doesn't feel that way about her.She just wants that one moment with him.
Spike:Find a safe place to hide,pet.This will all be over soon.
Beck pulls Spike in and locks lips with him in a big splash page image.
Dru sees this and is upset/hurt(switches from vamp face while she is protecting Jeremy to her human appearance with a hurt expression):No
Beck with her arms still around Spike's neck:You don't feel that way.Just give me the moment,okay?
Beck:Don't get soft.
3)Really scared for Jeremy now.
Relating to the above.Spike tells Dru to protect Jeremy which she says she will.
Spike shouting:JEREMY!STAY BY HER SIDE!Drusilla,you watch them.You protect them like you'd protect me.
Dru puts on her vamp face:I will( dives into the fight)
Spike: Good girl
But then after seeing Spike and Beck kissing and being hurt,she feeds off Jeremy and encourages John to remove Spike's soul.
Willow using magic to hold the demons back:Jeremy,Spike needs us!Drusilla,go work your crazy.Save your ex.
We see Dru leaning over Jeremy who is on the ground.
Willow turns to look:Guys?
Dru is feeding on Jeremy
Willow in horror:NO!
Dru in vamp face with Jeremy's blood running down her mouth:Let it happen.Spike needs it out.
That leads us to the first of out two biggies.
4)Spike loses his soul.
John wants to remove Spike's soul.He knows removing Spike's soul won't give him back his.He just wants Spike to suffer as he is suffering.Maybe knowing Spike won't feel the same again either like him will give him the spark he's looking for.
And he succeeds.He catches Spike off guard and lays him on a pentagram and succeeds in removing Spike's soul.Except Spike believes he no longer needs a soul.He was good without one to being with.
As Spike's soul is removed
Willow:Oh.Oh.I know this.
Spike on the ground
John standing over him:How you feeling?
Spike:I....I...Empty.(reaches up to John)I was good.
John:I know.That's over.
Spike:Not what I meant.Before I fought for my soul.I fought evil.When evil was inside me.
Spike continues:Before I met her...Even after I knew her...I did terrible things.
Beck looks on
Spike continues:But SHE made me want to be better.The evil was strong.Heart was stronger.(Spike stands with his soul floating next to him a a glowy ball)Before it was official.Before the goddamned voodoo.I was GOOD.That glowy ball.That thing you've had a hard-on to tear from me?Hang it on your wall.Bronze it.I don't need it.
Willow: Spike...you choose
And this leads us to our second biggie.
5)Drusilla receives her soul.
Spike looking at the glowy ball of his soul:I know,Will.Didn't you hear the speech?
Willow:No,Not figurative.Literal.You choose.John did his homework.But he didn't get an A.My point is...you lost your soul.You choose who gets theirs.
John holding Beck at sword point in a rage and shouting:GIVE IT TO ME!MAKE ME WHOLE!SPIKE,I WILL KILL HER,I SWEAR!
Beck defiantly:Take it back,Spike.He's going to kill me either way.You give it to him,it just means he'll enjoy it.
Spike thinks for a moment and then....
Spike:Give it to her.GIVE IT TO DRUSILLA.
Dru with a shocked look on her face.
John angry:NO!GODDAMN IT,NO!
The ball of light hits Dru and her soul is restored.
6)The bug ship is introduced and the Twilight that is coming is hinted at.
This is what the issue ends on.The introduction of the bug ship and the hints of Twilight which is why W&H is leaving our plane.
an old man clutching a briefcase
Old man:I'm alone in a office with a dead Wolfram and Hart executive.I have an unimpressive portfolio.And the other board member....
Lilah while reading a file:The other board members were worse than you.Their client roster was pathetic,and they gave HORRIBLE interview.
we see the board room full of the dead bodies of the boards members from the beginning of the issue
Lilah continues:So we had to let them go.Besides,Mr...?
Lilah:Besides,Mr. Clifton,your specialty is cross-dimensional communications.Alternate lifeforms.I'm sure you heard the locker room talk.Let me spell it out for you.Wolfram & Hart has done untold damage to this universe.The moment in hell.The aiding in C-level evil.We seriously screwed with the resell value.We also,AND THIS IS THE PART WE NEED TO KEEP HUSH-HUSH,have set the stage for something bigger making it's way here,All this time,we thought we were the big show.Turns out we're just the warm-up.There are big changes coming,and we're,to be blunt,not a part of it.And Mr.Clifton,This is bigger than anything we've tried before.Step one....
Lilah brings up an image on a view screen:Finding the proper exit strategy.
We see on the view screen,Spike's bug ship
To be continued
This whole bit from Lilah I find really interesting.She's obviously talking about Twilight and the events in Buffy season 8.It's interesting how it seems that all Wolfram & Harts 's actions over the years was setting the stage for Twilight but in the end they aren't the big players in it.The events with Twilight and the changes to the universe it causes,Wolfram and Hart is not a part of that and they are high tailing it out of here before Twilight hits.It seems Spike spaceship is a part of their escape plans.
As for the rest.I can't wait to see what happens next issue starting with souled Dru(and it is poetic that Spike chooses to give Dru her soul) and what happens now that Spike no longer has a soul and doesn't feel he needs it anyway anymore.
Maggie sounds right on the soul balance thing.Since Spike lost his soul,he got to choose who would get one.He cose Dru.
Oh and good point,Double Dutchess about how the fanged four have now all had their souls restored at some point.lol
PS: sorry to hear you didn't get Illyria #4 yet.
Yes,this is fustrating.They still say they'll get it in.It just isn't in yet.