Is bleach harmful for eyes? Can copious amounts of adult beverages make me forget what I just read? These are a few of the questions that came to mind while reading Spike: A Dark Place Part I. Very rarely will I read a book or watch a movie and absolutely hate it, but this is one of those times. Read on for my rant about this book, OR bang your head repeatedly against the wall so you too can share my pain. (Is this harsh? Possibly, but frankly I am in a sassy mood.)
So where do we start? The bad writing or the bad art? Lets just throw a dart and land on the writing. Victor Gischler (great work on Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth and Punishermax) puts Spike… in space. Now I may be a little behind on my Buffy but putting anyone or anything in space is an absolutely terrible idea. I do not know if Spike was put in space by a previous writer so I can’t place all the blame on Mr. Gischler but that won’t stop me from trying. First off, Spike is a dark brooding character. We all know this, however instead of dark and brooding he comes off as a spoiled teenager who’s girlfriend just dumped him and who’s parents wouldn’t let him play the newest Call of Duty. Couple that with awkward dialog between him and his crew of bugs and it becomes a perfect cocktail of what the hell is going on. Cocktails sound pretty good right now.
*Deep Breath* Alright, I’ve got that out of my system. Rage guns locked and loaded for the next rant: Paul Lee’s art… Spike looked ok? There I made myself happy by saying something good (Everyone applaud and stop looking at each other nervously). That being said; the backgrounds were atrocious, the details were severely lacking, and it looked like it was rushed. It feels good to get this off my chest (seriously, up all night breaking out in cold sweats because of this). I realize now my editor will be asking for more vivid details buuuuuuuuuut I refuse to relive this book anymore (Here’s looking at you Mr. Spella [on a side note that’s a terrible name for an editor, shouldn’t Spella be Speller?])
After my rage I feel the urge to say: I respect people who put out their work to be judged and critiqued like this. I do not have anything published so I feel a bit unqualified to be ranting about other’s work. With that said: This is the internet, better pull up my big boy underoos and move on. Needless to say I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, nor am I even remotely excited to see what happens next. My recommendation? Save your $4 and go buy anything else.