Ryan Thomason

WPR Staff Review of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1

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Serenity is back, and we couldn’t be happier.

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1
Writer: Zack Whedon
Penciller: Georges Jeanty
Inker: Karl Story
Colorist: Laura Martin
Cover Artist: Dan Dos Santos
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date:.January 29, 2014
Price: $3.50

Where do I begin, yet leave this as spoiler free as possible? Leaves on the Wind picks up some 9 months after Mal sent the message across the entire ‘verse about Miranda and The Reavers in the movie Serenity. Which if you haven’t seen the movie or watched any of the Firefly TV series…why are you even here? Go watch them first, and then report back.

Ok, assuming now that you know who is who and that you’ve wiped some tears away from the loss of certain crew members you are ready for this review.

First off, I never felt that I was personally connected in the Mal/Inara relationship. I knew there was tension and such, a longing they had for each other even. If you were not me and just wanted to watch them grow together, I will say that you just might not be disappointed. Why only “Might?”, come on, it’s not like Mal won’t find a way to screw everything up! Zack Whedon takes us headfirst into the aftermath that has unfolded since Serenity released in theaters. The crew is on the run and starting to run low on options. I’m confident that Zack Whedon can carry on the tone of the show, he’s done excellently in the previous Serenity comics published by Dark Horse. I have faith that he can construct a fantastic Space Opera House for us to sit in and admire the stories being told. Joss laid an incredible foundation with a solid fan base of support. It’s up to Zack now to create the new sense of wonder and intrigue that is the ‘verse. With Leaves on the Wind #1, I think we can see that Zack is going to deliver on our hopes.

It’s not a new TV Show or Movie, those are never going to happen. Just deal with it. The cast has moved on. Joss has moved on. If you want more Firefly, this is going to be it, so you might as well give it your full support.

The artwork by Georges Jeanty is good. I’m more of a fan of his ships, space and backgrounds more than his lines on the characters. I read sci-fi for the stories and ships/space/planet backgrounds. So yeah, he’s delivering on all the things I want. If you’re hoping for exact character copies that you know, you might be a little disappointed. They are recognizable yes, but in a way it is exactly what I want when it’s been so long since the movie released. It’s got ‘effing Jayne in knitted hats with his Ma, what the hell more do you need? It’s Firefly, it’s not a perfect world, it’s slightly gritty, it’s that look that you’d expect from the series, I’m looking forward to Jeanty leading us through the ‘verse.

If you ever considered yourself a Browncoat, or just even a tiny remote fan that just enjoyed the Joss Whedon creation that is Firefly. You should get this comic. It’s the only official continuation of the story that millions around the world have fallen in love with. This is it folks, if you want to see what happens to Mal and the crew of Serenity, you need to buy this comic and keep the ‘verse alive.

Buy/Pre-Order a copy to be shipped to you: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 (Dan Dos Santos cover)

Brian West

I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar…….

Serenity, oh how I’ve missed you. Like our beloved Wash, you were taken from us suddenly and far too soon. But this is not the day for sad remembrance of what has been lost, but a day for all Browncoats to band together in celebration, What was taken has been given back, our Firefly has returned.

Like most fans who have held out hope that one day Firefly would return, I was extremely excited to hear that Dark Horse Comics was releasing a six issue miniseries that would finally continue the story of Captain Mal and his crew past the events of the movie, Serenity. Dark Horse has always done such a good job at giving new life to fan favorite characters and stories, that I really felt like Serenity: Leaves On The Wind had a chance to be something special, and boy was it ever. From the first page to the very last, I was once again immersed in the fantastic ‘verse of Firefly. This is every bit a Serenity story, reading it was like watching the show all over again. Every character (including Serenity herself) is just as I remembered, the only changes are ones that time and the events from the movie have brought to the crew. Leaves On The Wind is in many ways like coming home, it’s just like you remember it, and being there just feels right. I could tell you about the story, but I wouldn’t want to ruin any of the surprise, and even more than that, I’d hate to take anything away from the joy of rediscovering what we all lost. I highly recommend Serenity: Leaves On The Wind, and I personally cant wait to see what the rest of this miniseries has instore for us. Welcome back Captain.

Adrienne Fox

Oh Firefly franchise! Why do you continue to torture me so? Will my longing for more TV episodes never end? Actually, I might not need the TV with this new comic launch–because some amazing things happened in this first book. I was worried at first due to the cover. I know all the Mal/Inara shippers everywhere are rejoicing, but I thought blah, romance. And then, “Where is the space action?” I didn’t need to read too far to get it. Once this book hits its stride it just keeps going with one fun twist after another. Zoe felt a little out of character to me in her first few panels, but Zach Whedon quickly got her back to the Zoe I know and love. And, the exposition through news outlet was a nice mechanism to set up the action. However, it felt very contemporary and not future-world vibe that I enjoyed so much from the show. That said, If you believe in the power of the ‘verse, you will “squee” for sure. This story has so many options for character growth and glorious space opera action. It is only going to keep getting better.

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