SERENITY: LEAVES ON THE WIND #1 Review


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Fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly have been longing for another foray into the universe he created since 2005’s feature film, Serenity. While the chances of a sequel get slimmer with each passing year, Whedon, in the role of Executive Producer, has gifted us with 6 issues of Serenity: Leaves in the Wind, a limited series dealing with the fallout of the conclusion of Serenity.

Take a look at Dark Horse’s official description of the first issue:

Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ’verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government—the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever. Meanwhile, everyone is asking the same question . . .

Serenity-Leaves on the Wind 1_CZack Whedon wrote the series and, it seems, after a conversation with his brother Joss about the possibilities of the series, was left in the driver’s seat. While a lot of people will assume Joss’s infulence, Zack has done the heavy lifting here and has done it very well. This issue picks up after Mal and his group dropped a bombshell on the Alliance at the end of Serenity and finds the group on the run on and on the defensive. While some of the light-heartedness of the series is absent, Whedon clearly understands these characters but he shows an even keener understanding of politically owned media through the expository panels. Mal’s crew is painted as terrorists for sharing information and Whedon scripted a very accurate impression of how the media can twist events to their own agenda. While I was ecstatic to see the crew assembled again, the opening may have been my favorite part.

Georges Jeanty’s characters are a perfect mix for something like this. The characters bear some semblance to their TV counterparts without becoming too reliant on them. You can see Nathan Fillion in Mal, but you can see that Jeanty has also made these charaters his own.

For fans of the series, you’ve been waiting 9 years for something and this is it. The best thing is that we’re not getting “just something” here. We are getting a great continuation of a great story by the people who created and love these characters. For casual fans, the story is written to allow you to jump in without much struggle. Pick up a copy ASAP.

5/5

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