Buffy art by by Georges Jeanty, copyright 20th Century Fox; Brian K. Vaughan (inset) Buffy art by by Georges Jeanty, copyright 20th Century Fox; Brian K. Vaughan (inset)

Faith is back! The former rogue Slayer makes her return in the sixth issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book, on sale Sept. 5. And she'll be in the capable hands of fan-favorite writer Brian K. Vaughan.

A few years ago, series creator Joss Whedon tapped Vaughan - best known for Ex Machina and Y: The Last Man - to write a direct-to-DVD movie featuring Buffy's onetime nemesis, played by Eliza Dushku. After that fell through, Whedon asked Vaughan, now a coproducer on Lost, to revive his idea for a four-issue arc of the Dark Horse Comics series.

"I've always felt that Buffy would translate really well to the comic-book medium," says Vaughan, whose story imagines "that some of the girls around the world who now have Slayer powers aren't necessarily good. So when it comes to who will slay a Slayer, Giles turns to Faith. She's the person to go for, as she says, 'dirty deeds, done cheap.'"

Click here for a close-up look at a page from Faith's story.

Vaughan's arc also advances the storyline of Twilight, the evil force amassing against Buffy. And here's more news for fanboys and girls: Another Lost producer, Drew Goddard, who wrote for the Buffy and Angel TV series, will pen Issues 12 15 of the comic. "When we're not talking Lost, we get to talk Buffy," says Vaughan. "It's a dream job." - Reporting by Ileane Rudolph

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