I agree completely. I'm finding myself looking forward to each day's comic again, during the drawn out Marten-Padma business I was just kind of reading it out of routine as much as any desire to see what happened.
I found myself grinning like an idiot at today's comic, though. I think it's been a really nice way of maybe revisiting the Padma storyline and giving it a proper ending, taking a little break from it was exactly the right thing for the story to do.
I have to say I'm still hoping for a nice long Deathmole storyline in the future, though. This comic has been lacking musical banter for a long time.