Whilst I'm happy to see the revival of one of my all time favourite TV shows in any form, I'm afraid I can't wholly endorse this comic book incarnation. One of the strengths of the original series was that it rarely ventured outside the small town of Sunnydale, which put an intense focus on the extraordinary events it depicted and provided an intimate setting for us to get to know, identify with and care for the central characters.
The broadening of the franchise onto a world stage with multiple slayers may make for some spectacular "episodes", but it also sheds a good deal of its old warmth and shifts it into more conventional superhero territory, to the extent that at one point Willow literally flies in to the action. The old meeting places in the high school library, the magic shop and the Summers residence have been supplanted by a high tech headquarters replete with giant TV screens and movie style military trappings, and for me it is a far from satisfying substitute. It's as if Buffy has set up her own version of the Initiative.
Maybe Joss Whedon's long term plan has to do with Buffy and the Scoobies breaking loose from the unwieldy monster of an organisation they've created and finding places to belong elsewhere, as the subtitle Long Way Home implies. I certainly hope so, but at the moment it's too early to tell for sure and for me this has been a faltering start to the journey.