Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 Review

Can the Serenity really live on in comics? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse:

Serenity is found! The crew, including Jayne and a certain bounty hunter, get themselves ready to restock and retrieve when River wakes from her self-induced sleep and gives Mal a mandate . . . which will eventually—hopefully—maybe—lead to Zoe’s rescue!

Firefly is a series that has cut audiences down the Serenity Leaves on the Wind #3 variantfor years, with some agreeing with the choice to cancel the series and many disagreeing believing it’s cancellation to be a tragedy. I am in the later group as when I watch Joss Whedon‘s current mediocre series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is getting a second season) I question why Firefly was ever cancelled (there are obvious answers for this). Anyway I digress slightly as Firefly has lived on through the Serenity film and now this comic book sequel.

Zack Whedon has done older brother Joss proud with the way that he’s continued this epic story so far, continuing to do so with this issue. The way that he opens with a suspenseful sequence featuring River whilst then flowing straight back into the main story gives a aura of mystery, teasing us fans at the possible future outcomes. Whedon does however slow the pace down a bit with this issue, and despite that being a wise decision for the story in the long run it took a bit of excitement away from the story at the same time. In saying that Whedon did do a terrific job of developing this follow-up series to Serenity, with the cliffhanger having me instantly hooked for the next issue.

Georges Jeanty art is simply charming, as though I probably wouldn’t think of his style in a Serenity series prior to this it proves to be perfectly suited for it. Jeantly also gives a dramatic tone to the story through his layouts, giving the cinematic feel that a TV/film continuation needs. He also focuses heavily one putting as much detail into his work as possible, as whether it’s the scenery or the tension in the characters faces it all adds to the sheer class of this series. Combine this with Laura Maritn‘s fabulous colours and Dan Dos Santos wonderful cover and how can you resist buying this series.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind continues to be a fitting continuation for the franchise, as whilst any live action follow-on remains on hold this is the most realistic way of getting your Firefly fix. Recommended.

  • + Zack Whedon continues Joss' vision in a gripping manor.
  • + Charming art from Georges Jeanty.
  • + Some suspenseful developments.
  • - Pace was a little too slow at times.

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