Well, I don't think that the comics made Faith better or more "present" than before - she was one of my favorite characters ever in the TV show, too. Hell, after 'Sanctuary', Faith was my favorite character of all! (But Faith remained absent for so long after that episode, and by the time she came back, other characters became as interesting as she was, and Buffy even surpassed her. Again). Season 9 simply kept Faith on the EXTREMELY high standard she was always on. Giles, however, became a truly better character in season 9, IMO. We started seeing him from a different perspective - he wasn't just the mentor anymore, he was a hero/protagonist in his own right. I love that type of changes - like when Spike changed from Big Bad to comic-relief to love-interest, or when Willow went from side-kick to anti-hero to villain, etc... Characters always become more interesting when their function in the story changes.@Guy Definitely one of the best things in the comics is Faith's relationships with Giles. But for me that's down to how Faith is written, she's so much more 'present' in the comics, she has become capable of forming relationships in a way she never was in the show. I love her with Angel, Nadira, the Aunts and everyone in the comics and am looking forward to see her in S11 (at last!)
I love Giles in S2, but I thought he should shine in stories that are about him (and he does especially in Passion) but in S3 he's more of a secondary character or part of the ensemble and yet he still shines, his performnace is so subtle he convays so much with a change of tone or a raised eyebrow.However, I feel that Giles shined the most in S2 and S3, especially in S3. Though my undying love for Passion made choose S2.
You do that! I don't even like Angel, but you gotta watch 'Angel' because the side-characters in it are great - and Faith is one of those side-characters.
She actually does some of these things in 'Angel' too.But in the comics she has changed from who I saw on BtVS and was incredible in S9, she takes care of Angel, willing to kill him if it becomes necessary, and has she ever had to care for anyone before? She also becomes mentor to a group of young Slayers, I think taking that caring role rounds out her character in ways I never saw on the tv, yet she still keeps that Faith-edge by being the one they turn to to kill the vampire children.