I have Spike #8 of 8.
Great wrap up to this story but this issue did feel divorced from the first seven issues in a a way due to it being exclusively about the bugs and how Spike became captain of their ship as seen in Buffy Season 8.We also get our goodbyes to the the original characters created at IDW such as Beck(who I thought was a goner there midway through the issue),George and Jeremy.And we get a final look in at Dru.It will be interesting to see how we pick up with her in Buffy Season 9 since Dru has been confirmed there.
1)Willow does not appear in the issue.In Buffy #35,she seemed to recognize the ship but she is not present in this issue and does not see it here.I can buy her hearing through the grapevine though about it given she just teamed up with Spike though.
2)Spike becoming captain of the bug ship.
The bug king was mortally wounded on the last preview page.After Spike and Jeremy get it onto the ship and before it dies it asks Spike to lead it's crew.
Bug King weakly to Spike laying on the ground with Spike leaning over it:Tell them what to do.
Bug King:My men are hardy....loyal.But they need guidance.This.. was... a scout ship.We were sent to find a sustainable environment for our people but while we were on our mission,our home destroyed,everyone else...is gone..They call me King because I'm highest-ranking officer.That's what they need me to be and right now,they need to be told what to do.We were trying to find a new life.A new purpose.Whatever's trying to get to us,don't let my people die before they discover what that should be....
Another bug:Sire,we need to get you to medical...
Bug King:Listen to me.Come here.
The second bug leans in to listen to the Bug King as it whispers.
The second bug:He's gone.He said(to Spike)...We should listen to you to get us through this.Even though you're a newbie and a #$&er.He....didn't say that last part.
2)One of the Senior Partners themselves is leading the siege of the ship.The Senior Partner is a large creature made of Blue flames.The W&H team with the Senior Partner are able to breach the ship.Spike and the gang make it to the emergency escape pod but The W&H have the ship on lock down and so the escape pod can't escape and the W&H crew coming for them.There is a battle between Spike,Beck and the bugs(Jeremy is still in the pod) and Team W&H led by the Senior Partner while trying to get everyone to the escape pod.In the battle Beck takes a full flame blast from the Senior Partner that was meant for Spike(she dives in front of him).That's why I thought Beck was a goner.She's seriously injured.Don't worry though,she makes it.
3)The Bug ship as seen in season 8 is the escape pod,not the whole ship.
The Senior Partner and W&H get the rest of the ship and escape with it.They don't need the pod.So W&H got what they wanted.
Bug to Spike as they watch the main part of the ship escapes with W&H:Leaving this world.Leaving this plane of existence.It's bigger than you.You wouldn't get it.Sorry about your friend.I liked her more than you.
Spike:She's not going to die.I won't allow it.Tell the smarter bugs to start the ship.I know where we can go.
4)Spike takes Beck to Mosaic for care.Willow has already dropped off Dru there.It's here we get Spike's goodbyes to Beck,George and Jeremy and what Spike's plans are.
Beck is in a hospital bed with Jeremy,George and Spike in the room with her.Spike is leaning over her.
George:Look at her.This girl survived a hit from a Wolfram & Hart Senior Partner.That's legendary.
Beck:I bet tomorrow I wake up with a scar shaped like a lightning bolt.So let's recap.Wolfram & Hart's Senior Partners hijacked a bug ship and then probably left it to leave the dimension.
Spike:Seems like it.
Beck:That's a new wrinkle.Why would they do that?
*cough* Twilight *cough*
Spike:Not sure.Thinking about asking them.
Jeremy:Sweet,calling Angel for a big final battle?Need me to do some recon?From afar?I can,I can go to the library and do research away from the actual evil.
Spike:You can sit this one out,Jeremy.Angel too.I've got this one.
Beck pulling Spike back to her:'Kay,that was dramatic.When are you coming back?
Spike:Soon as i find Wolfram & hart,mock 'em,bring 'em to justice,bring the bugs' ship back,accept the accolades,and sell the rights to the story.
Beck:I'm serious.Is this a five-year plan,or...
Spike leaning his forehead against Beck's:I'll be back the day after the day is saved.
Beck:How long does that usually take?
Beck pulls Spike into a hug:'Kay,be careful.Be nice.I love you.
Spike and Jeremy shake hands
Spike:Jerry,sorry I hit you.
Jeremy:Jeremy,and it's cool.Sorry I got possessed.
Spike:These things happen.
Jeremy:Like a lot,right?(Jeremy than hugs Spike)Try and make it back to my wedding,okay?At least the bachelor party.It was going to be in Vegas,but after the last couple of days,I'm leaning more towards Medieval Times.
Spike turns to George:George
Spike thoughts:He knows.
Spike puts his hand on George:What's with that look?
George:It's my only one.Nothing.I'm fine.
Spike thoughts:Not sure if he knows because he can read minds...or because we're Mates and he senses something's off,but he knows.He doesn't try and stop me
Spike leaves Beck's room
I think George knows this this is the last time they will ever see Spike(even more likely if IDW gets to keep the rights to the Mosaic characters).
5)Spike has one last look at Dru.
On his way out
Spike thoughts:On my way out,I make one more stop.Have no idea what I should say(he looks inside a guarded door)I want to tell her that George could help her sort things out,If she ever wants to try.Beck will,too.Right now,They're scared of her,mad at her,but they're heroes.So eventually they'll want to help.
We see Dru in a padded cell wearing a red dress and surrounded by her dolls.
Spike thoughts continued:But she wouldn't understand.Not now.So I go with a simple:
Spike:These are good people.Don't try and kill them.
Again,really curious where we'll pick up with Dru in season 9.
6)The issue ends with Spike addressing the bugs with there mission.To travel the dimensions and turn over every cosmic rock to find Wolfram and Hart and the bugs stolen ship.As the Bug second in command points out.W&H could anywhere.Between realities and in any of the thousand different dimensions.It could take forever to find them.That's fine by Spike since he's immortal.
I think this pretty much explains where Spike arrived from in the flashback in Buffy #36.Why he and the escape pod came through a portal.He and the bugs were searching the different dimensions and realities for W&H and the stolen ship.
I'm not going to write up the last two or three pages.The 6) is a summery but the whole last three pages are really worth the read in the actual book and not online.Loved Spike's call to arms of the bugs for example.
But I will tell you the last line of Spike's in the issue.
It mirror's the last line of ATS,Buffy Season 8 and Angel's IDW monthly.
Spike:Good thing I'm immortal.
Spike:Great to know.BLOODY great to know.Lets Get To Work.
Angel's final line of his T.V. Series: Lets Go To Work.
Buffy's final line of season 8:Lets Go To Work.
Angel's final line of his monthly IDW series:Time To Get Back To Work.
Spike's final line of his miniseries:Lets Get To Work.
Great wrap up but I'm really curious about where things would of gone had this stayed a monthly series at IDW.
Great job and a great run by Brian.