After the fiasco with their preview edition (or was it just me that couldn't read their PDF file?), the first issue of Spike was widely available (as promised), even in the New Territories.
Having read most of the first edition, I have to report that it is very good indeed. My only real criticism is that the mix of current affairs, business, satire, and reviews is perhaps slightly confusing. The layout is clean and simple, but I think it might be a good idea to separate the different sections in a slightly more obvious way. Personally, I could live without some of the humorous stuff, but I'm sure everyone will have different preferences.
Hemlock is apparently involved in some way*, but I am not sure in what capacity.
*Or maybe not, based on his comments, which seem to be similar to mine!