WARNING: The following accommodates main spoilers for Buffy the Laster Vampire Slayer #3, out there now from Boom! Studios.
Buffy Summers has by no means been a stranger to staring down the finish of the world, even when she by no means anticipated to stay by way of it. In the world of Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer, the titular hero has survived a vampire apocalypse she couldn’t cease, and she has executed so largely on her personal. Thankfully, a well-known face has returned to make her keep at the finish of the world rather less lonely. Not solely has Spike lastly stepped again into Buffy’s life, he is introduced again the type of ardour which may simply save the whole world.
When Buffy determined to convey the younger Slayer Thessaly to the Watchers for safekeeping, she could not have imagined that the identical Council which was so beneficial in her early years would have fallen to the facet of evil. Luckily, each Slayers have been saved by the well timed intervention of a brand new breed of Watchers, introduced collectively and skilled by none aside from Buffy’s longtime vampire nemesis-turned-ally Spike. No matter how lengthy they’ve been aside, Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer #3 (by Casey Gilly, Joe Jaro, Joana Lafuente, and Ed Dukeshire) makes it clear that point hasn’t made them any much less fond of each other. In truth, just a little little bit of burning romance could possibly be simply what Buffy must get again on her toes when the world is at its finish.
First launched in the second season episode “School Hard” of the unique Buffy the Vampire Slayer television sequence, Spike (portrayed by James Marsters) was born as William Pratt in the mid to late 1800s. A failed but well-known romantic poet, William quickly discovered his true calling after being become a vampire. Together with Angel and Drusilla, Spike terrorized Europe for greater than a century earlier than coming to Sunnydale and moving into Buffy’s life. After an extended and winding profession as a villain, Spike could be forcefully reformed by the Initiative earlier than finally realizing that he had fallen in love with the titular Slayer someplace alongside the means. Spike even gave his life defending Buffy, in addition to the remainder of the world, and whereas he was quickly sufficient introduced again as a vampire as soon as extra, he by no means misplaced his heroic streak nor his affinity for his first true enemy.
Now it appears like Spike has inadvertently introduced a complete lot of feelings flooding again to the floor of Buffy herself, although that’s hardly the worst factor that might occur. Buffy has turn into nothing if not indifferent in the time since the solar went darkish and vampires rose to energy. Despite her frequent sufficient conferences with Anya, Buffy nonetheless would not have the type of relationships which have been all the time integral to each her story and persona. Compartmentalizing each single factor in her life for years hasn’t made Buffy any extra deadly, nor has it helped drive her to do something about the state of the world in addition to surviving it. Apart from Spike and his Watchers doing a lot of the heavy lifting in that regard already, the truth that there’s nonetheless somebody who believes in her so fully could also be the factor that lastly will get Buffy to place her personal life again on the line.
Even if Spike and Buffy by no means actually received the probability to be collectively in the unique sequence past a short-lived affair, there is no such thing as a query that the exact same depth that they had again then continues to be very a lot alive in the bleak future they inhabit. Of course, Spike wouldn’t be the first vampire with a soul to set Buffy’s coronary heart aflutter. Considering how dispassionate she has turn into in the world of Buffy the Last Vampire Slayer, any type of burning is precisely what she wants proper now, particularly if it is the kind that turns vampires into mud.
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