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Serenity: Better Days (Serenity #2.1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  5,702 ratings  ·  282 reviews
Serenity: Better Days follows everyone's favorite space cowboys in a thrilling, action-packed adventure, where Mal and his crew take on a heist that promises a big payoff. But when one of Serenity's crew is taken captive and tortured, the gang must put their enduring differences aside and work together to save one of their own, even if it means losing the cash prize of a l ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Dark Horse Books (first published October 1st 2008)
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Kemper
Two word review: New Serenity!

Unexpected side effect during or after reading: Finally coming to terms with the fact that there will probably never be another Firefly/Serenity film or tv show.

New thing I learned from reading this book: Mal doesn't want to be rich.

General Observations: For a new Serenity story scripted by Joss Whedon, I was disappointed. Following a story before the events of the movie allows him to use characters who died there, which was nice. But there was something about the w
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Ronyell
Serenity

4.5 stars

Introduction:

After reading the first volume “Serenity: Those Left Behind,” I was determined to read up on all the “Serenity” comics being made by Joss Whedon after the TV series “Firefly” was abruptly cancelled. Now, I finally got a chance to read the second volume of the “Serenity” series called “Serenity: Better Days” and man, was it one hilarious and action-packed volume!

What is this story about?

When the crew of Serenity ended up finding a huge pile of cash, they all start havin
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Sesana
Better Days is set at some point before the movie, which made a few pages bittersweet to read. It's written very much like an episode of the show might have been, but it honestly wouldn't have been one of the better ones. Still a fun read for Firefly fans, but not as amazing as I might have hoped.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I love Firefly and I miss it terribly but these graphic novels just don't make up for it at all. They're nice pretty colors but the stories are weak and the characters don't look enough like the actors who played them. This one is no exception. But there is some humor, some fun moments, and the intro by Adam Baldwin who played Jayne on the series makes it worth a read.
Arielle Walker
This.. was not as fantastic as I expected. I think the story got somewhat muddles, and felt a little rushed- I had to keep flipping back a few pages to work out what I'd missed. Some very funny moments as the crew fantasise about how to spend their new-found wealth though.
Luann
If I can't watch new episodes of Firefly, I'm happy to at least be able to read new adventures that are an official part of the canon and written by Joss. This second volume in the series of graphic novels is a lot of fun. The crew has come into a lot of money through a successful heist, and we get to see a "fantasy 'bout being filthy rich" from many of the crew members. Wash's fantasy was particularly sweet - and sad, since we know it doesn't happen. I also really liked River's which involved b ...more
Brittany
I would definitely count this as better than the first Serenity comic. That being said, this review will be short. The awesome consistencies were still the same: wit, characters behaving as if they walked off the set, and the wonderful Whedonisms thrown around. Not to mention the ever wonderful artwork. I'll die the day I see Joss pick any artist that is anything less than 120% at all times.

The plot was way better this time around. I feel like in the first installment, the threat wasn't really t
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Dan
Your enjoyment of this graphic novel largely depends on what you expect from it. If you expect something which answers some of the questions the TV series and film never did, you will be disappointed. If you are just hoping for an episode of Firefly in comic book form, this will satisfy you.

It opens with the usual Serenity crew type heist and when the crew are sent to collect their money they discover there is far more than they expected and they are now incredibly rich. We see some fantasies a
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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Jason (RawBlurb)
Being a Firefly fan, i was very excited when, back in 2005, Dark Horse Comics announced and released Those Left Behind, the first of a possible series of Serenity comic books.

I am not much of a comics reader, i go through phases where months of absorption will occur, but generally, i stick to 15-20 issues a year. i help off on reading the Serenity comics knowing that 3 issues would only wet my appetite, with months before more would be available.

after three years, DHC released the next installme
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Christina
Aug 22, 2010 Christina rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Firefly/Serenity fans
Shelves: 2010, graphic-novels
This was a disappointment! Serenity Vol. 1: Those Left BehindSerenity Vol. 1: Those Left Behind, the first Firefly/Serenity graphic novel was okay, not fantastic, but okay and it answered some questions.
This one, not so much.
Apparently, this one takes place between Firefly and Serenity but before Serenity Vol. 1: Those Left Behind. The story focus on what would happen if the Firefly crew suddenly got rich, very very rich, and what they would use the money on. I loved River's twisted Snow White d
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Clark Hallman
Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews and Will Conrad (2008) – Captain Malcolm Reynolds of the Firefly-class starship Serenity and his crew of misfits endure another battle after their heist of some valuable art works. Although they are outgunned, they somehow manage to escape and even capture a valuable piece of equipment from their attackers. They discover that the sale of this piece of equipment could make the entire crew of Serenity very wealthy and the reader gets to share th ...more
Punk
Graphic Novel. Having suffered through the writing in the first Buffy omnibus, I can safely say that the writing in the Serenity series is far superior, even if it's not perfect. The art continues to be true to the actors, except maybe for Jayne, who never quite looks like himself.

This volume comes with an introduction by Adam Baldwin and starts off with a story where the Serenity crew pulls off a heist that actually leaves them with more money than they started with. Everyone takes a vacation
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Rhapsody
Jul 10, 2008 Rhapsody rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Serenity/Firefly/Joss Whedon fans
Shelves: comics
The second in the little miniseries. The crew made a fair amount of money on their last job and they're spending it in some upper class city. It's a funny volume. Each one shares their fantasy about the kind of life they're going to lead with the money. Jayne wants to be a captain of a ship, Kaylee wants to open a mechanic shop with her father, etc. The special operative hunting the Dust Devils starts closing in and there are complications from the drone that they stole. All in all, a very good ...more
Megan
Jul 16, 2010 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Firefly fans
Recommended to Megan by: Marie
Shelves: graphic-novel
Yet another short story in Joss Whedon's "Firefly" universe...

I liked the storyline in "Better Days" a little more than in "Those Left Behind", mostly because we find out why Shepherd Book decides to leave the crew, and shows us a bit more of Inara and Mal's thorny relationship. The pace also seems quicker and more action-packed.

The illustrations are GORGEOUS, and very true to the show, and there is another great introduction - this time by actor Adam Baldwin.

Once again - a lot of fun for the
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Janie
This was fine. The story was fine. The crew of Serenity find themselves literal millionaires when a deal goes north, for once. They sort of go on a mini-vacation, but even then they're not altogether safe and secure. The best parts of this graphic novel were all the little nods to each of the characters. There were many parts where I was like "Yes! That's totally Simon! Jayne! That's totally River! That's totally Wash! And Zoë! This is done especially well when they are each fantasizing their li ...more
David Amsbaugh
Serenity: Better Days 2008
Written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews
Art by Will Conrad

“Serenity: Better Days” is the second TPB (trade paperback) to collect a three issue Serenity mini-series. With an introduction by Adam Baldwin, this one like it predecessor (link to first review) takes place between the end of the series and the movie “Serenity”. Better Days starts with the beginning of a demonstration of an autonomous security bot and its demonstrator saying that “All that is required is some
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Brenna
Okay! I'm hooked!
It's been a while since I watched Firefly and I was honestly unsure if I would even like reading the graphic novels. For some reason, the way people talked about reading the graphic novels after seemed to verge on the fanatic.
This was brilliant though! I new it would be a great story, but I was surprised to find myself so invested in the story again. Even if the story doesn't continue to have an over-arcing theme, it was great to hear the characters voices in my head and to se
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Jacey
This is Joss Whedon so it gets three stars before I even start, but it's a graphic novel so it probably loses one because I'm really not the target audience for graphic novels. I don't interpret the picture panels well, I'm all about the words. So words first. Yes, a good little story and a continuation of the Firefly arc, so OF COURSE I'm going to like it. It's Firefly for goodness sake - the best cancelled TV show on the planet - or any planet for that matter. But the artwork - while it looks ...more
Artur Coelho
Imaginem que enriqueciam para lá dos vossos sonhos mais luminosos? O que fariam do resto das vossas vidas? Num dos acasos da vida de aventuras a best damn crew e o seu comandante de honestidade flexível capturam um tesouro milionário e vêem-se na rara contingência de ter dinheiro para perseguir os seus sonhos. Enquanto uns imaginam paraísos tranquilos, outros o comandar de potentes naves, ou apenas uma vida familiar sem sobressaltos, têm de combater mercenários ao serviço de construtores de robo ...more
Sarah
This was somewhat hard to follow in parts. Maybe it's because I'm not used to reading comics, but I did follow the first one (Serenity: Those Left Behind) well enough. There were so many panels that were all action and it was actually hard to tell who the characters were supposed to be at times (because of the artwork), which made it even more confusing. The only way I could tell who Simon was was by looking for his black vest.

Anyway, I still am not completely sure what was going on at the end
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Simeon
You have all these wonderful characters, their universe already made, yet something happens with comic books. It's like a shit-switch, where anything delivered into that format, by mere contact with it, becomes transmogrified into garbage.


Jaime
This is the second of 6 graphic novels that links the show "Firefly" to the movie "Serenity." The additional cover art was just fun to look at. I really enjoyed all of the art, and the story of this one.

Adam Baldwin opens with an introduction.

The crew of Serenity isn't dealing with the Blue Hands of the 1st GN, but I'm sure they'll come across them soon. Thanks to tracking devices, after the group stumbles across thousands of dollars hiding underneath a statue of Buddha, they go on a little splu
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Georgina
This was another great read with the crew of Serenity finally coming into a large amount of money! Cue everyone dreaming about how they're going to spend the share and it's clearly visible to see that Captain Mal feels uneasy.

As a sub storyline we learn that Zoe was a Dust Demon and when the captain gets kidnapped by an old enemy, Zoe decides to take his place, much to the reluctance of Wash.

It's action packed and has some nice moments in there, it misses out on the full 5 stars because there wa
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Matt
Best part about TV to comic: I have the voices already in my head.
Janice
The gaps between the end of the TV series and the movie are being filled. The only problem with that is you know some events in the comic are going to be negated at the end of the book. Such is the case in this volume.

The nice thing about filling these gaps is that we get to see more Wash, more of the evolution of River (who is only really active in a few pages), and more back story on the beloved Firefly characters.

Overall, brilliant. I can live with the series being off air as long as I keep g
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KC
Just made me miss it more!
Laura
I adore Firefly, and it's follow-up, Serenity. I wanted SO much to like these. But I find that graphic novels are not something I enjoy. I liked a good comic book as a kid, but I find I don't like having another person's input into the imaginative part of reading. I like to discover the setting, the looks of the characters, and the atmosphere myself, not just look at pictures with dialogue. If I want that, I'll watch TV! So, while I liked the stories, I was put off by the format. I guess that ma ...more
Caitlin
One of the best things about Firefly is the strength of the characters. They're a complicated group and it's gorram hard not to love every one of them. And I have to say, Zoe is one of the most impressive female characters out there. She's a badass with a gun and yet has a stable, loving relationship with her husband Wash. No part of that sounds like it should be a contradiction but Gina Torres, the actress who plays her, says it best:

"I walk into a room, and for this industry, I'm impossibly ta
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Nicole Bunge
(Found it used the other day at Half-Price books. Somehow, in my research for cross-over fan-fic last year (HA!)I missed this one.)

Didn't like it as much as the other comic-continuations of the show. It got... confusing in action parts cuz, well, the artist isn't very good at likenesses and facial-definition. I didn't know who was who. (Didn't help that the text was a bit sparse as well.)

And the ending... was confusing. I still don't know WHY what-happened-on-the-ship happened during the last b
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