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Mal and Inara Leaves on the Wind

In the Firefly universe tie-ins are few and far between.  Where other franchises may have had several novels by now, fans wanting more Firefly must turn to Dark Horse Comics, the publisher of the Firefly “expanded universe.”  With the very unlikely hope of more live-action shows, the new stories may very well be considered “canon” one day.  We previously reviewed here at borg.com each of the graphic novels featuring the crew of the Firefly class vessel Serenity,Those Left Behind (2006), Better Days (2008), and The Shepherd’s Tale (2010) featuring scripts by Joss Whedon himself, as well as writers Brett Mathews and Zack Whedon and artists Will Conrad and Chris Samnee.  All are good stories that should satisfy any fan’s need for more Firefly.

Writer Zack Whedon returned to Serenity this year after four years without a new Firefly tale, with his six-issue mini-series Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.  More so than the earlier comic book series, Whedon has captured the relationships of the characters in his story, which takes place after the events in the movie Serenity.

Zoe Leaves on the Wind

We meet up with the crew in hiding, with Zoe pregnant, Mal and Inara are finally a couple, as are Simon and Kaylee.  Jayne Cobb, still wearing his mom’s hat, is off doing his own thing, and River keeps company with Zoe.

Mal & Company are heroes to some, fugitives to others.  When a group wanting Mal to lead them solicits the help of Jayne with a bribe of gold, what can he do but help them?  From the opposite faction a bounty hunter is recruited, and we’re reintroduced to the vilest of original series villains, Jubal Early.  Nathan Fillion’s dialect and inflections for Mal are immediately realized by the reader due to Zack Whedon’s writing, as is the odd sentence construction of Jubal Early.  These characters form just the right bookends to convince you you’re back in a world with Firefly still playing weekly episodes.

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Serenity - Leaves On The Wind #1 by Joe Quinones  Serenity-Leaves-on-The-Wind-1

The next iteration of Mal Reynolds and the crew of his Firefly class vessel is on newsstands now, with Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.  Everyone is back, except of course for Wash, killed during the events chronicled in the movie Serenity.  River has taken his place as pilot, Simon and Kaylee are finally a pair, as are Mal and Inara, while Jayne Cobb, hat and all, is gone, currently back home with his Ma.

Writer Zack Whedon knows his world and has easily deposited readers back in familiar territory.  Mal arguing with Inara, saying the wrong things.  River still plagued by her mind.  Jayne still free-wheeling and ready to do anything for the right price.  Simon the responsible doctor.  Zoe is justifiably different, nightmares still remind her of her husband’s violent death.  But replacing Wash is now their baby. What will it be like to have a ship’s second-in-command as a mother?  How do you raise a baby without food on a derelict ship like the Serenity?

Serenity Leaves variant

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Firefly returns

Dark Horse Comics finally pulled back the curtain on its new Serenity comic book series this weekend at New York Comic Con after months of teasing a new series was forthcoming that would continue the adventures of Mal and his crew where the movie left off.  We previewed the first hints at the series here at borg.com back in August.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind will be a six-issue mini-series with the possibility of an ongoing series, written by Joss Whedon’s brother Zack Whedon, with Joss Whedon serving as executive producer.  The story picks up nine months after the death of Wash, shown at the end of the movie Serenity.

Serenity cover

“We’ve been dying to get more Serenity out ever since the book Joss and Zack wrote,” said Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie in the promotional release.  “We all loved Zack’s work on Shepherd’s Tale, and couldn’t wait to get him back into the mix. This story is the first giant step past the film…”

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