The news of this title being renamed to include the thing that ate 2 shows makes me tempted to drop this. Fred's a witch and Spike is inflicted on readers. Wolfram and Hart attack. Lilah sneers and Spike knows magic. What did Fred do? Everyone has enough skeletons in their closet to stock a rather large graveyard. There is darkness, antagonistic forces and Fred is increasingly sinister and making choices that seem irrevocable. There is a horrific mystery and hints of impending violence. Fred is something terrible and potentially catastrophic. This was good.
“Angel ever tell you the story about how he was the worst thing in the world?”
“I'm a vampire. Mommy told you what those are, yeah?”
“The universe is indifferent to all of us. And civilization is a lie we tell ourselves to feel like we have control.”
“Put the poker down. You're looking dangerous.”
“I wouldn't suggest watching that. Might give you bad dreams.”