Comic Review: Serenity #1, Leaves on the Wind

Serenity #1
Leaves on the Wind

SCRIPT: Zack Whedon
PENCILS: Georges Jeanty
INKS:  Karl Story
COLORS: Laura Martin
LETTERS: Michael Heisler
COVER: Dan Dos Santos
With Karl Story and Laura Martin

THE GALAXY STILL REELS FROM THE UNIFICATION War, in which the Alliance cemented their dominance, crushing the Browncoat resistance. Deep in the blackness of space, a Firefly-class vessel named Serenity shuttles between planets, taking odd jobs, legal and otherwise. The captain of the ship, Malcolm Reynolds, and first mate Zoe Washburne remain Browncoats at heart, dodging bounty hunters and making friends and enemies throughout the ’verse. Among Serenity’s crew is Dr. Simon Tam, who rescued his genius sister River from Alliance experiments and found refuge on Serenity. River, prized and feared by the Alliance for her psychic abilities, was pursued relentlessly across the ’verse. In their fight to elude the Alliance, Mal Reynolds and his crew revealed that the Reavers, an interstellar breed of cannibal pirates, were the result of another Alliance experiment. In a bloody last stand, Mal broadcast thisrevelation to the ’verse, proving it to the operative sent to kill River. As the outlaw crew try to cope with the loss of two of their own, the Alliance and the rebels both ask . . . where is Serenity?

Serenity, the comic, opens up a few months after the events of the movie, and if the title of this arc isn’t enough to warn you that there’s going to be some blurry vision going on while you read this issue, then you probably haven’t see Serenity, the movie.  This issue sets things up with several panels of three Alliance officials discussing the events of the movie, specifically the Miranda recording about the origins of the Reavers that Mal was able to broadcast (in the movie).  Two of the officials are in full-on denial mode and styling protesters as terrorists.  The third official isn’t talking the party line and is much more objective (and correct) about the true state of things.

One side of the true state of things is the existence of bona fide rebels.  For the most part the rebels are young and they want a leader.  The leader they want is Mal, and they’re looking for him.  So is the Alliance, and they’ve enlisted a bounty hunter to help find Serenity, and if you’ve watched Firefly, you’ll recognize him — although there’s some mystery around this fellow.  As for Serenity and her crew, they aren’t anywhere.

I do mean literally.  Where they’re at has no name and since, as Mal says, they’ve recently dealt the alliance a pretty big blow so some place no one ever thought to name is as good a place as any for them now.  The true state of things with the crew of Serenity has changed a bit since we last saw them in the movie.  While Simon, River, Kaylee and Zoe are still part of the crew, Jayne is gone.  Inara is on board, but things have changed there as well.  She’s no longer a companion, and she and Mal have finally woken up to their feelings and stopped constantly insulting each other.  This issue doesn’t leave much to the reader’s imagination as to how they redirect their energy.  But don’t worry, they still have time for arguing with each other.  Inara wants Mal to take a job because they need the money (when don’t they?).  Mal wants to lay low for River’s sake.  River’s had eight months of normal and Mal doesn’t want to rock that boat.

Now for the heart clencher.  Zoe is very pregnant, and to really tug at your heart strings, she has a vision of Hoban.  She asks him to stay and he says, “I’m a leaf on the wind”, and right after he says it Zoe sees him getting killed again.  Of course this happens because it wasn’t bad enough seeing it the first time.  As if any of us forgot it happened.  Poor Zoe.  There’s more in store for Zoe and it involves a rush to a medical facility.  River, who’s piloting, just has to say “I’m a leaf on the wind.  Watch me soar.”, and somehow it feels right.  She’s taken up Hoban’s mantle, and she’ll never be him, but she’ll do her best by Zoe and Serenity.

And how are the rebels going to track down Mal?  Through Jayne of course.  How are they going to get Jayne to cooperate?  What else?  Money.  By the way, Jayne’s living with his mom and yes, he’s wearing the hat.

This first issue of Serenity was a satisfying read, and it certainly has the feel of the Firefly verse.  The story is set up nicely, and I had no problem following the plot.  However, if you’re not familiar with Firefly, I suggest you get up to speed before you plunge into this series.  Rest assured that won’t be an onerous chore.  Firefly is wonderful, and Serenity starts out as a worthy continuation.  I’m looking forward to further issues and the ongoing adventures of the Serenity crew.

A word about the artwork: I’m definitely no art critic, but I liked the art in this comic.  It is realistic and the characters recognizable.  The colors work with the different settings and moods.  The artists definitely have the various looks of the Firefly galaxy down, from metropolitan city to rustic, western planet.  Serenity may not look quite as used as on film, but you know the ship when you see it.  And the Alliance ships look appropriately alliancy and sterile.

All in all a good start and issue #1 earns a solid five metal bikinis.


Reviewed by Geralyn for Roqoo Depot


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  1. […] Everyone’s favorite Firefly class ship, Serenity, is once again soaring through space.  With the release of the Serenity #1, Dark Horse is continuing the adventures of Malcolm Reynolds and his clue.  Scripted by Zack Whedon, Leaves on the Wind takes up where Serenity, the movie left off.  You can read our spoilerish review here. […]

  2. Five metal bikinis! Sounds like the title of a comic. Love it.

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