September 26, 2005 | Comics
Joss Whedon’s Serenity #1-3 (of 3)
Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad
Dark Horse Comics
**** (out of five)
The stage is set — just a few more days until show time.
Fans of the short-lived sci-fi Fox TV show Firefly have been waiting with great anticipation for the show’s transition to the big screen, opening Sept. 30.
The film, entitled Serenity, is expected to answer the many outstanding questions left by the show’s sudden cancellation and be a solid stand-alone epic for a more general audience.
For the faithful, Joss Whedon’s Serenity is the must-read mini-series of the year. It bridges the events of Firefly to the happenings in the theatrical release in the most logical way possible — by having Whedon tell the story.
The brains behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel, Whedon made no bones about the love he had for Firefly and the passion has carried him into the production of the film and this series.
Whedon, with scripting by Brett Matthews and bang-on art by Will Conrad, takes readers right back to the adventures of the crew of the Serenity, a firefly-class ship working on the edge of the law, on the edge of the galaxy.
After another in a long string of spectacularly unsuccessful theft attempts, Captain Mal Reynolds and his crew find themselves being offered yet another high-risk, high-reward job. But mysterious forces are at work that want one of the passengers on Serenity captured at all cost — and Mal dead as a bonus.
First printings of the first two chapters of this ultra-hot series may be hard to find, but it is well worth the hunt.