I really wonder, what kind of big bad this series is going to develop. The warlock, the military, Amy...how does it fit together?
Artwise I'm still ok with the comics. The heads tend to be a bit large with Georges Jeanty, but they're all recognizable.
#8: Ok still good, but it had me wondering at times:
Gigi has gathered that much intelligence about Buffy and she has never heard of Faith, the only other slayer, that was here before the spell? Seems a bit strange.
On the Buffy side:
I loved that Willow set up their radar system in Linux. heh.
Also i find Buffy's current dilemma quite intriguing. If she has to fight humans, that is a conflict, that the TV series has been evading most of the time. That a lot of true and pure evil is manmade. Also Buffy needs to define herself as the defender of humanity, and the slayer of demons, otherwise she would have a hard time living with herself. Having to wonder, whether this or that demon was really all that evil or how to react to menmade atrocities.
Ahhh, and then there was the fight in the water. That scene reminded me so strongly of the fight of Agnes and Isabeau in "La fille sous la dunette" by Francois Burgeon. I wonder if it was inspired by that comic, since the fight evolves around the same issues too. Two girls, one threatening the others place in the world.
But what I didn't get is, why Buffy was that hostile. It's true, that she is less forgiving with Faith, than she is with any of the other redemption seeking characters. Faith always did bring up a bad side in Buffy, but like that? It seemed a little OOC for my liking.
Faiths characterization imho was brilliant, how all the bad stuff is still there, but she's more reflecting now, dealing instead of reacting in panic, but Buffy seemed a bit shallow in comparison.
In general I like Vaughan's story arc a lot. He transports more of the series conflicting emotions and character depths into the comics, than I had ever thought possible.
And now I don't want to think about how long I'm going to have to wait for #9 . On to After the Fall #1!