Welcome to the second battle between Spike and Dracula by Peter David. In this story David managed to do something that we never really saw in the show. A relationship between Spike and Darla. The two members of the whirlwind who had the least in common. No real connection to each other.
The story is told between two different points of view, that of Spike writing to Darla and that of a young boy Edward Wood Jr. who is telling his class about his weekend. Spike takes Dru to see Bela Lugos, the actor who plays Dracula in all the movies do a live play of the story. Ed Wood sits next to them. In the front row sits the real life Dracula.
After the show Dracula tries to kill Lugos, only for Spike to jump in at the last minute and stop him. They do battle till Dracula turns to a bat and tries to fly away. Spike gets a hold of him and goes for a ride. They end up crashing on a plane and Spike makes it away while Dracula is believed dead.
Meanwhile one of his brides tries to kill Lugos for him only to be dusted by Dru. She then tries to turn him into a real vampire but is stopped by the young Ed Wood. He saved his hero, the greatest vampire ever, the non vampire Bela Lugos.
Ed Wood's teacher is not happy that he is telling tall tales in her class. He tells her that he won't tell vampire stories in class again. Instead he will just make horror movies. And so he does. He goes on to make many horror and sci-fi B-movies. Including Plan 9 from Outer Space.
Over all this issue has been a great addition to the universe. Any time we get to see Spike and Dru it is always a treat.
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