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Book Review: Those Left Behind

Those Left Behind (Serenity, #1)Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Those Left Behind fills a gap between the end of Firefly and the movie Serenity. Firefly ended with Inara deciding the ship and the film opened with both Inara and the Shepherd gone.

It's great to see the crew of the Serenity in action in any form. That said, I think this book is okay. There's a reason that this wasn't part of the movie because the story isn't all that interesting particularly in terms of the job they go on. Mal is probably is at his bitterest and least likable. At three issues, the story had little room to breathe with a character call back that's not all that interesting.

The best part of the book is the Shepherd's struggle with his relation to the crew and how having spent so much time with him might be drawing him away from living a proper Christian life. Yet, this element is given short shrift.

Again, it's okay, it fills in a gap, but beyond that, it's nothing special

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Published on October 06, 2017 19:27 Tags: firefly, serenity

Book Review: Better Days and Other Stories (Serenity, #2)

Better Days and Other Stories (Serenity, #2)Better Days and Other Stories by Joss Whedon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book collects the three issue story, "Better Days" as well as three shorts published in 2008 and 2010.

In, "Better Days," the crew appears to have struck it rich. However, Inana accidentally puts not only the money, but the crew's life at stake when a client of her's gets under the impression that Mal is a Dust Devil, someone who fought on the war on the side of the Independents and continued to fight using terrorism.

This is a good story that captures the feel of a typical episode of Firelfy. It's not a great episode, but a good one.

In, "The Other Half," the crew is defending a stagecoach for a client who is secretly scheming to sell them out.

"Downtime," finds the crew snowbound and having a typical day in the life. The story plays for laughs the design of the infirmary as being totally open with no privacy curtains. And of course some people get killed because Firefly.

Finally, we get, "Float Out," whcih was written by Patton Oswalt and finds three friends of Walsh memorializing him. This is the first comic set after the movie and has a nice emotional feel.

Overall, these are worth additions to the Firelfy canon and worth a read for fans of the series.

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Published on March 17, 2018 21:57 Tags: firefly, serenity

Book Review: Firefly: Legacy Edition Book Two

Firefly: Legacy Edition Book TwoFirefly: Legacy Edition Book Two by Joss Whedon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After the movie, fans of Firefly wanted to find out what happened next and the comics were declared canon, so that seemed like a good bet. Yet, Serenity/Firefly comics had given us two mini-series set between the TV show and the movie and a graphic novel providing backstory on the Shepherd and a few free comic book day one-shots all (except for one one-shot) set before the movie.

However, with this book, we finally catch up to the crew of Serenity, as we get two six-issue miniseries and a one-shot.

Leaves on the Wind: As the first mini-series ends Zoe's expecting, a new resistance movement is looking for Mal and the crew, and Jayne has gone home. They take Zoe to a hospital to deliver and the alliance captures her, and they have to figure out how to get her back. Leaves on the Wind is just perfect. It's a worthy continuation from the movie with great art, and perfect dialogue. Jubal Early and the Operative both appear and neither appearance feels like a gimmicky fan service idea, but rather they work well in line with the entire narrative.

The Warrior and the Wind: A short story where River is babysitting Zoe's baby and tells her a story, a fairy tale about the crew of Serenity and her dad in particular. It's a beautiful, very emotional story for its short length.

No Power in the Verse: In the second mini-series, times are getting even harder for the crew of Serenity and the jobs they can get even less profitable, they come to the rescue of a friend they met in the previous mini-series and find themselves caught between a ruthless rebel leader and a dangerous new force from the alliance that has designs on River. This is not quite as good as the first story, but its still solid, with a lot of interesting twists. Some character relationships are frayed and several characters shift in significant ways (including Mal) but I think the change is realistic.

Overall, this book was just superb and left me hungry for more. I hope Boom Studios eventually follows up on the foundation laid here, because this shows there are still a lot of great Firefly stories be told even if they can't be told on screen.

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Published on June 26, 2019 19:51 Tags: comics, firefly

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