Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike and Dru All's Fair
[Dark Horse Comics $2.99 US $4.50 CAN]
Written by Christopher Golden / Penciled by Eric Powell / Inked by Drew Geraci & Keith Barrett
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BTVS: Spike and Dru All's FairAnother installment in the past adventures of Spike and Drusilla but this time the story ties in with a bit of television continuity. During the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Fool for Love,” Spike relates to Buffy how he killed two Slayers. His first kill took place in 1900 China during the Boxer Rebellion. We saw him kill the Slayer (Xin Rong) but what we didn’t see was her brothers swearing their revenge on Spike and Drusilla. Christopher Golden includes that little tidbit in this issue.

The bulk of the story, however, takes place in 1933 at the Chicago World’s Fair. Spike and Drusilla are at their nastiest, preying on tourists and taking in the sights. Things turn nastier with the help of a fanatical scientist, a doorway to another dimension and a few friendly Elder Gods. And, of course, Xin Rong’s brothers happen to turn up for their long awaited revenge.

I’ve usually enjoyed Christopher Golden’s Spike and Dru stories but this one fell flat. More insight into Xin Rong’s brothers and a little less Spike and Dru wandering around killing people would have made the story more interesting. Sure, it’s their raison d’etre but the story pacing was slowed considerably by too many scenes showing how evil Spike and Dru are. The addition of the Professor and his dimensional doorway machine was instrumental to the ending of the story but was the most predictable element.

The art this issue was average Buffy comic fare. I sorely missed Ryan Sook’s dynamic and imaginative art. Eric Powell wasn’t as adept at putting the little details in each panel that can bring a story to life. As a result, the illustrations were flat and static.

This issue should still be on your local store’s shelves or available for reorder. You can also order direct from Dark Horse Comics, Inc. 10956 SE Main Street, Milwaukie, OR 97222 or visit their web site at www.darkhorse.com.