Oh I agree completely, Dirk. They were starting to lose me there for a minute, and then last month's issue was SO GOOD. It was a shame they had to jump right into the Faith thing without doing more of the last issue, but I guess we have to wait out the suspense.
This one made me all kinds of happy in the pants because Faith was there and I have a bit of a girly crush on her. I was a little bummed about some of the artwork. There's one panel of Faith early in the issue where she looks half like Sloth from Goonies. I was like, wtf?
Anyway, Faith and Giles made me half want to turn hardcore nerdier and write slash fic, but no way I am treading down that dark path of nerdom. There's no coming back from it, lol.
So glad to see the series doing so well, loved the small bit of Xander, it was classic Whedon.