Just as it was getting started, the new IDW Spike series was forced to come to a hurried conclusion due to Joss Whedon's decision to bring the Buffy and Angel franchises back into one. Oddly enough, it has forced the writers to do something really relevant with this second volume and tackle head on the one unresolved loose thread of both series: what a now ensouled Spike chooses to do about Drusilla once the choice is in his hands. The cameo from Willow is a welcome link between the IDW and Dark Horse publications, and we also find out how Spike comes to be captain of a spaceship crewed by giant bugs.
Sadly, with IDW wrapping up now on the Spike and Angel stories, this may be the last we see of Betta George, Spike's first real friend Jeremy and the Mosaic Centre characters, who have been with us since the critically acclaimed Spike: Asylum and After The Fall (though because they are not Joss's characters we can still hold out hope for a series of their own one day). It looks like this may be Spike's last adventure as a protagonist in his own right, which is a shame as whilst Angel had probably gone everywhere he could go with the IDW franchise, and taking him away from Los Angeles fighting monsters with his team might actually revitalise his character, Spike as a lead character still has so many places he could go. Catch him at his best whilst you can.