^Agreed. I'm glad that Willow's absence from Buffy didn't mean the the character would be gone from the narrative completely. Between this and her upcoming mini, she will be well represented.
Between the main books and the announced minis for Spike, Willow and Drusilla (still officially listed as "delayed", not cancelled), "Season 9" is starting to have a real "Comic book universe" feel to it. Which is, of course, entirely appropriate.
...but that's okay because Cage wrote him as a bad ass.
Gage, not Cage.