So I read the issue. I loved it. I guess I'll get started. Many, many thanks to everyone who has written so beautifully about the season. Normally I try to wait before reading anything else before I post, but I read a bit of (not all of) Maggie and Emmie's reviews on Whedonesque--I couldn't wait!--so probably some ideas seeped in.
Spoilers for all of season eight, as well as all of BtVS and AtS.