So, now that I've read it, so I can give you my own two cents about the new issue, containing spoilers for the issue and for the Twilight reveal.
The issue starts off with Buffy and Xander geeking out over her new superpowers, which is annoying. For the record she seems to be more superstrong and speedy now and also has long distance sight. Meanwhile Dawn gets to play the role of the spoilsport, telling everyone that the powers sure came with a price. She's ignored, even by Xander. Would have been nice if they'd given the ship a little appeal.Dawn doesn't seem to have much luck in the men department.
Then Willow discovers that Giles, Faith and Andrew are gone and starts searching. She finds a lot of dead slayers and concludes that Buffy's new powers come from them. I expected that Buffy got the powers of the other slayers in tibet, but not that it came from the dead and it's a very intriguing dark twist.
I just wish it did not come so out of the blue, how does Willow even know the deaths are related to the power up? There have been so many dead slayers before operation sitting duck, via the slayer eating monster in 19th century germany, gigi, and other occasions. But ok, it puts a twisted spin to things so I'll go with it.
Buffy is probably the end of the slayer line now. All power flows to her and if Twangel can really get her to "fall on her sword", the slayers will be gone.
Meanwhile Amy, Warren and the General want to switch sides, while Twangel declares that he'll reveal the master plan now in his warren built comic book headquarter. I don't know. Angel is a lot of things but, this nerdy comic book guy? Someone who actually dresses in spandex and talks gleefully about how cool his evil masterplan is? I hope they're not really trying to sell that and there's a twist to it.
I thought Dawn was interesting this issue, she's been on the cynical side all season and she has an awful lot of reason to be. First someone magiced her around half the season, completely destroying her normal life. Then she gets together with Xander and he first thing Buffy does is hit on him, not even bothering to talk to Dawn, now she ignores all of Dawn's doubts, as do Willow and Xander. If I were her I'd go get myself some better friends.
It'll all depend on the big plot and how much of the past it validates. The thing about the dead slayers seems to indicate though that at least part of all the things that feel so off this season, are going to have some form of consequences, which makes me hopefull for the finish.