The dragon brings Spike to W & H, where he shows him a weird glowing man. I have to say, I'm not really sure what to make of that one. First my scan was to blurry to decipher the first bubble of the glowing man (I could only read the "why now, why now" in the end). I'd be really grateful, if someone with the book could tell me what else he is saying there?
In the bubbles with the normal sized print he's speaking to someone we can't see ("Now I know how you must have felt"). it seems like he is in pain and Spike observes that someone is "powering up" here.
shapinglight said in her review that it's probably Angel, healing up.That makes sense, especially with the "now, why now". After all it was the worst possible time to become human and Wes says somewhere that Angel needed time to heal at first. Also the question where Angel got the vampire mojo was never answered. The person he's speaking to in his painful trance could maybe be Darla (who became human too) or Buffy ("I want to be.. what you always knew I could be").
Spike doesn't know what to make of glowing man and gets zapped by him with the pain. This is entirely mysterious to me and makes me wonder if it really is Angel or rather some kind of power circuit W&H used for the transfer to hell. Hm, I'd love to hear some theories on it?
To the dragon's disappointment Spike takes off then and returns to his flock only to find that they have been taken by the Spikettes in spe. He's devastated of course and it's obvious how new he still is at the being responsible thing. Between the rubble he meets a mumbling Spider. Her ramblings are a bit weird "I've been around, maybe not this body, but this mind, this heart...", the only thing that's clear is that currently she's the underdog in her bunch. When they see each other she "spiders" and he vamps out (I still think Urru should work a little on his gameface, it just looks like the eyes are falling deeper into the face).
Cut to the Spikettes in spe and the humans. Here we get to meet the villain of Spike-AtF, I'll call her Non, since that seems to be the first part of her name. She doesn't want said name mentioned to the humans though, which is interesting since it is implied that she is some kind of demonic pixie. Doesn't fairyfolk usually make a lot of fuzz about people knowing their true names? If that's the reason she doesn't want her name spoken I think it's a nice touch.
I loved how Fred and Jerry were stepping up when she started menacing people around. Fred seemed for the first time like herself again. The whole Fred is absolutely helpless and needs to be protected thing was starting to annoy me a little. Of course Illyria is much stronger, but Fred always was pretty brave and capable herself.
Jerry is absolutely great. Unfortunately he's so sweet I'd almost bet he's not going to survive the comic. I hope he'll get some more scenes before he finds a messy end.
When Spike enters the scene crashing in with a truck, Non- proves her bitchiness by using Fred as a shield, transforming her into Illyria. Once Illyria starts to hurt her, she sucks power from the humans, zombiefying them in the process. Spike's busy with the Spikettes and can't do anything about it.Considering how hard he tried to keep them alive and be a good leader for them this is a jossworthy mean development (meaning I love it).
After beating Spike and Illyria, the evil pixie does the thing most people on the show did with Spike, she chains him up (are there already icons of that, btw.? Zoe?). The evil twist is that she leaves him with his zombiefied flock. Poor Spike.
So how long do we have to wait for the next issue???
Oh, and a little thing on the artwork: I think Urru's faces are really improving. If I compare his first pictures of Fred/Illyria to this book, she looks a world of better.