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Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and scribe of Marvel's Astonishing X-Men, unveils a previously unknown chapter in the lives of his favorite band of space brigands in this comics prequel of the Serenity feature film, the big-budget follow-up to Whedon's cult-hit TV show Firefly.
Penned by Whedon and Brett Matthews, who wrote several episodes of Firefly as well as Dark Horse's final Angel comics series and the animated Chronicles of Riddick feature "Dark Fury," Serenity follows a ship full of mercenaries, fugitives, and one law-abiding prostitute in their pursuit for fast cash and a little peace along the fringes of space. The ragtag crew of Serenity take on a scavenger mission with the hopes of earning enough dough to disappear for a while. Only too late do they realize the whole gig is orchestrated by an old enemy eager to remake their acquainitance with the help of some covert-operatives known only as the Blue Gloves.
Artist Will Conrad (Marvel's Elektra and Witches) and colorist Laura Martin (Astonishing X-Men and The Ultimates) paint a rough and wild world of adventure across a strange and dangerous universe, in this not-to-be-missed tale straight from the brain of pop-culture mastermind Joss Whedon!
Jun 10, 2014
Jassim Al-Oboudi from El Segundo, CA
I am a huge fan of the show/movie and I thought this was absolutely spectacular. I think the characters translated very well from the screen to graphic novel. The writing is terrific and though the inclusion of Chinese is a bit clunky for those who don't speak it (myself included) it is just the writers being true to the series, which is much appreciated. I thought this was a great addition to the mythos and Firefly/Serenity world. Well worth the purchase/read. A definite 5 stars for me.
Aug 25, 2010
Matt from Florida
Though I would like to review Serenity: Those Left Behind separate from its predecessors, its hard to avoid comparing it with the live action series and movie. The full color illustrations portray the setting and characters of Serenity effectively(except for Simon). The writing is spot on with each character, but the inclusion of Chinese words just doesnt have the same effect.
Although I can appreciate the devotion to the setting, reading Chinese characters without knowing what they sound like distract from the dialog. The overall story is enjoyable and is akin to the rest of the series. Having already seen how the characters end up in the movie, I didnt feel a sense of urgency when reading through the comic or when I finished it as I did when watching an episode of Firefly.
I believe a different set of characters would have been better, and a lot more interesting for this series. As for the actual product, this was my first TPB, but I like the quality of the cover and colored pages. I am interested in the next couple installments of the comic, but Im going to have to put them on hold for now.
Apr 10, 2010
Richard from Port Orchard, WA
I like the writing and the art is good, but some of the faces don't quite seem to match in some frames. Still, it's well worth the price!
Mar 11, 2010
Joel from Oak Hills, CA
I love Firefly & Serenity. Haven't watched an episode of Firefly since last night. But I have to admit I was disappointed by this a bit.
Perhaps the translation from screen to graphic novel just didn't work that well for me. It seemed all too predictable and just filled in the gaps between Firefly and Serenity. The problem is that those gaps really didn't need filling in, you can figure them out for yourself.
The story managed to be uninteresting, which is a first for the firefly universe to me. On the whole, not what I expected, and just ok.