Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Serenity by Joss Whedon Times Two

Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad

Completion Date: February 9, 2011
Reason for Reading: I was a fan of Firefly.
Joss Whedon, the pop-culture mastermind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer, bridged the gap between his cult-hit Firefly TV series and his Serenity motion picture with this three-issue miniseries. Serenity: Those Left Behind is a previously unknown chapter in the lives of these space brigands, and a must-read for avid Whedon fans and Browncoats alike.

Penned by Whedon and Brett Matthews, a Firefly show writer, the ragtag crew takes on a scavenger mission with the promise of a big payoff. Only too late do they realize the gig is orchestrated by an old enemy eager to remake their acquaintance... with the help of operatives wearing bright blue gloves.
I was a little late to discover that I was a fan of the television series Firefly, but after watching it last year I was a bit taken in. I wish it hadn't been cancelled quite so soon, but I am glad that you are able to enjoy more from the series through the comic books. This occurs between the television show and the movie that they had made after it was cancelled. It fills in what you might be wondering when you are watching the movie because it sort of jumps ahead a bit. It is three stories in one. It was fun to visit with everyone again and pretend that things that are going to happen in the future haven't occurred yet. There were obviously a lot of things that were meant to be played out, but then the show was cancelled and they never got the chance. The movie just assumes that you know what is happening before you actually do.

Overall it was good, but not as great as it would be if they had made it for the television show. It is so sad that it was cancelled!

Serenity: Float Out by Patton Oswalt, Patric Reynolds, and Joss Whedon

Completion Date: February 9, 2011
Reason for Reading: Fan of Firefly
Acclaimed writer/actor/comedian Patton Oswalt (The Goon, Batman, JLA, Dollhouse, Ratatouille) brings back one of Firefly's most beloved characters in this special spotlight issue!

Always ready with a brilliant aerial maneuver and a terrible one-liner, Wash was pilot of the Firefly-class ship Serenity in Joss Whedon's cult-classic TV series before being killed in the movie. Float Out includes three brand-new stories of Wash in a series of exciting smuggling raids, each providing a hair-raising escape or daring last-minute rescue! Featuring a cameo that will leave Serenity fans reeling, this special one-shot presents new tales of the Serenity universe's past and tantalizing hints about its future!
Wash was probably one of my favourite characters in the show, so when I saw that there was a comic dedicated to him I had to read it. I have to admit it didn't interest me quite as much as I had hoped. It would have been better if it was the crew of Serenity sitting around reminiscing, but instead it was people that you had never seen before talking about him. The stories were entertaining and truly Wash, but overall I was very disappointed. The cameo, though, that was really the best reason for reading the comic. I am glad I read the comic just for that one moment. It was the best thing!

These comics count for the Sci-fi Experience hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings!

Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad
Better Days by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad
Float Out by Patton Oswalt, Patric Reynolds, and Joss Whedon
The Shepherd's Tale by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Chris Samnee, and Dave Stewart


  1. I love Serenity. I love Firefly. Yay fun. Also, Float Out was definitely not the best of the graphic novels - but I'd HIGHLY recommend the one that deals with the death of Shepherd Book. I had to read it again immediately after reading it the first time because my mind was blown.

  2. Ooh yay! I love firefly and serenity, and was so sad that the series was cancelled. The buffy graphic novels have been highly recommended by friends, so I can only imagine that the firefly ones will be great too. Shall look them up! Thanks ;)

  3. I was just reading one of the Firefly comics myself! The one about Shepherd Book. It was good, but I couldn't stop thinking about how much I would have preferred finding out all the backstory from the show. The show! I miss it! :p

  4. yeah I bought the Firefly series on dvd ... it seems many really good sci-fi gets cancelled early on... Earth2 was another sci fi cancelled too soon oh well.. :o(

  5. Oooooh, now these sound like a good bit of fluff reading. Maybe I can even find them at the library...

  6. Count me in as a big fan of Firefly. I will have to check these out. Even if they aren't fantastic, it'd still be interesting to get a bit more from the characters.

  7. Court: I am very much looking forward to the one about Book. I just have to wait until the person lending it to me reads it first!

    Mariel: I keep hearing I should read the Buffy ones, but I need to watch the entire series first.... I accomplished the movie last night!

    Jenny: I know! I miss the show. :( There was so much potential and now there are lots of unanswered questions.

    Pat: It is sad. I wish it had been a success because it is so good!

    Melissa: It's a good series!

    Avid Reader: I enjoyed learning more and look forward to the two I haven't read yet.

  8. Firefly comics? Really? *happy shout* I just discovered the Buffy ones and am really enjoying them. I'll have to see what our library has for Firefly. I love Serenity, and Firefly - such a cool sci fi show. I really enjoy how adult it is, too.

  9. *Susan: I am attempting to watch the whole Buffy series so I can read the comics... I loved Serenity!


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