Graphic Reaction… Serenity: Leaves on the Wind

Browncoats, rejoice!

If you’ve been in mourning ever since you watched Serenity once or twice or a thousand times, there’s a glimmer of sunshine waiting for you:

serenityMal is back! And so is his crew of big damn heroes.

Picking up after the events of the movie Serenity, we rejoin the gang some eight months or so later, on the run, avoiding the Alliance baddies, and trying to lie low and go their own way. But Captain Mal doesn’t manage to stay out of trouble for very long, and some very bad bad guys are trying to track them down.

Meanwhile, there’s bittersweet joy onboard the Serenity, as personal lives have moved forward in all sorts of ways — most pretty expected, but at least one development totally unexpected.

Sigh.

I can’t even begin to express how great it was to spend time with these guys again! River, Kaylee, Inara, Simon… even Jayne’s hat!… and the mule… and so much more.

serenity 3

This isn’t just fan service, though. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind has a story to tell, and it’s a good one. The plot is tight and action-packed, but with the same heart that held together the stories told in the too-brief life of Firefly.

The artwork is a bit spotty at times — sometimes Mal and Simon seemed interchangeable, and ditto for Inara and River. But overall, the likenesses worked well enough to make me happy.

156d_firefly_inevitable_betrayal_dinosaurs_with_sound

via ThinkGeek

What really and truly sent me over the moon was the dialogue. Words on a page aren’t the same thing as words spoken on a big (or small) screen — but the writers of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind have done a gorram great job of capturing the essence of the characters through the words they speak.

serenity 2

I know! Let’s play a guessing game! Can you guess who says each of the following in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind?

a) Bad people got in my head, put things there, secrets. I could feel them hidden away, dug in like parasites.

b) This job can’t go but one way. Turns out you’re beyond your depth, I ain’t gonna drag you back.

c) This ain’t right, havin’ that man on our ship.

d) Vera’s got this.

e) I marched a lot of young folk to their deaths and had it in mind never to do so again. Anyone shows up uninvited, there’ll be a fine amount of hell to pay, that clear?

f) Plus, you need me, sir.

g) Case you don’t remember, we dealt a pretty ugly blow to a giant wasn’t too fond of us in the first place.

h) I can hear everything, all at once. I can hear the whole ‘verse.

serenity 5Whee! I could go on all day. But I’ll stop there. Share your guesses in the comments. Whoever gets the most right wins… the undying admiration of your peers!

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is a hardcover compilation volume of six previously published comic book editions plus a short story comic, “It’s Never Easy”, from Free Comic Book Day in 2012. The story is left open-ended just enough to allow for more Serenity tales to come (although I couldn’t find anything saying one way or the other whether more are planned at the moment).

If you’re a fan, you’ll want to read this. It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s sexy. It’s moving. It even brought on a tear or two.

But you know what it is, more than anything else?

Shiny.

_________________________________________

The details:

Title: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
Author: Zach Whedon
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Publication date: November 5, 2014
Length: 152 pages
Genre: Comics/graphic novel
Source: Purchased

10 thoughts on “Graphic Reaction… Serenity: Leaves on the Wind

    • If you’re fans, you’ll definitely enjoy! Reading this made me realize that it’s been a while since my last Firefly marathon… Thanksgiving weekend might be the perfect time!

      • Hi Lisa! I’m hoping you can help me figure this out — I ordered this book from Amazon and when it came, I saw there is a big #4 printed on the spine — since I thought this was the “official” follow-up from the show/movie and a compilation of some of several smaller comics, I didn’t expect to see it as #4 is what I presume is a series? Do you know anything about the other 3 that must exist somewhere? My best guess is that these three: Those Left Behind, Better Days, &The Shepherd’s Tale might be the other 3, but I’m not really sure!

        I couldn’t keep my big mouth shut and told my hubby about Leaves on the Wind, so now it can’t really be a surprise Christmas present, but if I can figure out how all of these relate to each other, I may have a surprise for him yet!

        • Yes, you’re absolutely right – those are the other 3 volumes in the series, although I’d use the term “series” pretty loosely. The first 3 stories take place within the timeline of Firefly and Serenity. Leaves on the Wind is the only one set after Serenity. The Shepherd’s Tale gives Shepherd Book’s backstory that was always hinted at in the show/movie but not revealed. I haven’t actually read #2 yet — I only realized I was missing it when I got this one! (In fact, I didn’t really realize they were considered a series until I saw the #4 on the cover either!). IMHO, Leaves on the Wind is the best of the bunch, especially since it tells us what came after. I hope this helps!

Comments... We love comments!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s