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Those Left Behind

(Serenity #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  26,990 ratings  ·  1,055 reviews
Here's how it is -- in a universe filled with hearts and minds as cold and dark as the reaches of space, one small Firefly-class starship named Serenity takes its ragtag crew of mercenaries, outlaws, and fugitives in search of a job, any job, that'll earn them enough cash to afford that most elusive commodity -- peace.

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, unvei
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Dark Horse Books
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The bridge between TV series and film!

I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I've chosen this TPB edition to make a better overall review.

This TPB edition collects "Serenity: Those Left Behind" #1-3.

Creative Team:

Writers: Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews

Illustrator: Will Conrad


...A ship would bring you work, a gun would help you keep it. A captain's goal was simple: find a crew, find a job, keep flying.

Firefly is one of those TV jewels that they were gone too soo
Liz Janet
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This is a companion comic book series to a tv-series, whose life span was too short.


After this series was cut short, I wanted to cry. This is one of the most beautiful and thought provoking series out there, but instead of getting more episodes, I got another season of repetitive Vampire Diaries and Sharknado, a declining Glee, some horrid copy of The Walking Dead, and the end of the good storyline for Once Upon a Time. Okay, I am less angry now.

This series has two extremes.

The first one:


And t
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, we all know what happened to Firefly.

After one season! Seriously?

Thank god for small mercies.

This arc bridges the gap between the TV Show and movie.

The story answers questions such as what happened to "Two by two, hands of blue" guys (Which is kind of anti-climatic) and why Shepherd Books left the ship. The story also features last days of Inara on the ship and a villain from season one!

The comic does a good enough job capturing the characters and their extraordinary chemistry, but th
* A Reader Obsessed *
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-mm, 2021
4 Stars

Surprisingly, or perhaps not, this comic vividly shows Serenity’s crew still fighting to make a living and being quite ruthless about it. Set between the end of the TV series and the movie, this foreshadows Book and Inara’s departure, and the “hands of blue” make a sinister appearance.

Note: the afterword is particularly interesting explaining how the Alliance came to be and the resulting power grab that led to war, while further explaining Reynolds’s past and why he is who he is. Illumina
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I doubt that I'll ever be able to pull of a critical review since I tend to get really emotional and extremely biased when it comes to Firefly so I will leave it to that.
The Serenity is everything.
What makes this comic fly is that it feels as though it is a genuine episode bridging the gap between Firefly and Serenity. I don't mean that it is merely a story that bridges the gap between television series and film, which it is, but that it actually feels like its very own live action episode.

Now I imagine that I feel so strongly because I am a fan of Firefly / Serenity, but I am pretty sure that you're not reading Serenity Those Left Behind or my review unless you are a fan too (if you are
May 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am a HUGE Firefly fan and just finished rewatching the series for, I don't know, the 7th time? Something like that. There is also a new comic book store within walking distance of my place (Escapist Comics on Claremont, check it out!). I was in there hoping to pick up The Cloud Searchers, but Mal and Book et al looked down at me from the shelf, so despite past disappointment with some of the Buffy comics, I picked some up. Unsurprisingly, kind of disappointing. This volume is a prelude to the ...more

4.5 stars


Now, I will be honest here. Even though I have seen many of Joss Whedon’s works in the past, I did not know anything about the infamous cancelled TV series “Firefly” up until recently. What is even more surprising about this is that I had the movie “Serenity” for many years before I watched “Firefly” and I did not know that “Serenity” was a continuation of “Firefly” until I saw the movie again recently and realized that these were the same characters that I saw in
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bridging the gap between the end of the TV series and the beginning of the movie, Those Left Behind is really very much like reading an episode of the show in comic book format. The art is pretty accurate as far as portraying the characters (one of my biggest pet peeves about tie in comics is when the characters on the page look nothing like the characters on the screen) and is overall nice to look at. The writing, especially in the dialog, is as solid as it ever was on the show. My one complain ...more
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another of my fangirl favorites. I LOVED Firefly and the movie that went with it, Serenity. So, of course I’m predisposed to love these graphic novels, but unless you know the background story from the tv series and movie, you might have trouble following this story.
Wyatt Packard
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, graphics
I am new to the Firefly fandom but I am totally on board in calling myself a browncoat. And after marathoning Firefly and Serenity like there was no tomorrow I was thrilled to find while shelving that my library owned both Serenity: Those Left Behind and Serenity: Better Days, both of which I eagerly checked out. Now I was actually somewhat disappointed with Those Left Behind. For many people (including myself, comics can be the perfect extension of a show or movie and I was very excited to see ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-other
The Good: Those Left Behind is pretty much an episode of Firefly, just in graphic novel form. It comes chronologically after the end of the show and before the movie. It doesn't do much to move from A to B, especially in regard to where we find some of the characters once the movie begins, but it is a start in the right direction. The art is pretty impressive. The characters are immediately recognizable. Wash is a little weird, in an unexplainable way, but you definitely know who he is. Overall, ...more
Tisha (IG: Bluestocking629)
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
...There's no place I can be
Since I've found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me....

Ahhhhhh Firefly how I miss thee (dang Fox!)! Thank God for Serenity the movie and for this graphic novel! Really there's not much to say, if you loved Firefly then you will love this graphic novel!

If you took away all the words to this book you would most assuredly know which of the characters each of the drawings depicted. I was pleasantly surprised.

Five Shiny Stars!
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I love you Mal. More than a friend.
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Die-hard Firefly/Serenity fans
Recommended to Eric by: Found on clearance at Borders
I love Firefly. I love Serenity. I love graphic novels. I did not love Serenity: Those Left Behind. It was a pale imitation of the canon's greatness.

What I didn't like:
The back of the comic said this bridged the gap between the show and the movie, but it didn't. Apparently it is the first in a series that eventually bridges the gap. I don't need to buy and read multiple comics to get to the end of a comic series that leaves me at the beginning of the movie I've already seen (multiple times).

I ended up reading these out of order because I've borrowed them from a friend who is in turn borrowing them from the library.

I think I enjoyed this one more than The Shepherd's Tale. The art was better, and there was no jumping around (The jumping around wouldn't have been so bad in a longer story though).

This story also felt too short. And it seems like it left off on a cliffhanger. I'll have to check out Better Days and see if it comes to a better conclusion.

It's worth reading at least once
After a long time of wanting them I finally got my hands on the Firefly graphic novels. The first is set sometime just after the series finished and is a short but fun adventure that slightly foreshadows the movie.

A great addition was the section at the back where Joss Whedon told the story of the Firefly universe including how the Browncoats started and how Mal, Zoe and Wash got together.

The artwork was great and really brought me back into a universe that I haven't visited in far too long. For
I hate Sundays. I hate sunny Sundays even more.
But you know what makes them almost bearable?

This covers some of the gap between the ending of Firefly and the movie Serenity, and it does an excellent job of it.
And to see more of these characters is always a pleasure. It could have been a bit longer (as in it should just never end), but the length fits the length of an original Firefly episode, and I like that.

I also like the art, something I forgot to mention in my review of The Shepher
Sarah AlObaid
I miss the TV show Firefly so so much. It was one of my favorites.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
My first graphic novel
Kara Babcock
Somewhat disappointingly, this is not a story about what happens to Malcolm Reynolds and the crew of Serenity after the Rapture. It's an interstitial between the abrupt ending of Firefly and the Serenity movie, covering some of the difficulty the crew has getting work, as well as Shepherd Book and Inara's departures. We also see an old antagonist, Lawrence Dobson, return for revenge.

In case you don't remember him, Dobson was an Alliance agent on the trail of Simon and River in the first episode.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I will admit now that I was a latecomer to the Firefly fanbase as I only fell in love after having seen the movie Serenity. Since then it's been one of the best shows I've ever watched and features some of my favorite fictional characters ever. It had been awhile since I watched either but then my friends and I started playing the Firefly board game and now I just can't pull myself out of that amazing 'verse. Those Left Behind is a small but perfect taste of Firefly that just leaves you wanting
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
You know, just once I want these to be a full sized graphic novel. Sure, its 100 pages but most of that is forwards, and information about the groundwork for the movie/ show, and its pages that are not spent advancing the story. And I LIKE learning about the concept art, and concept history for the Whedonverse, BUT I am reading these for the stories.

Maybe its unfair to downgrade the rating simply because I wanted more. I'm just disappointed, yes, this is a bridge between the end of the show and
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Library

From Goodreads:
Here's how it is -- in a universe filled with hearts and minds as cold and dark as the reaches of space, one small Firefly-class starship named Serenity takes its ragtag crew of mercenaries, outlaws, and fugitives in search of a job, any job, that'll earn them enough cash to afford that most elusive commodity -- peace.

I’ll admit that I’ve only seen half of the first episode of Firefly and I’ve never seen the movie. I started the show, got interrupted and have
Of course I enjoyed this, as a Firefly fan, but, as a standalone for the uninitiated it would probably just seem okay. The art was a also a little funky at times (thought some of this is probably just that it's always a little weird to see real-life humans drawn as comic characters), although I liked the space scenes. ...more
This may only be a short adventure, but it's nice to have another firefly fix. I miss the show and I think its about time I rewatch the series. The artwork and writing all fit perfectly with my memories of this great series. I'm looking forward to more adventures. ...more
Ming Wei
Loved the art work, have all the serenity collections in my home, and this is a worthy addition, great story, cannot think of 1 fault, other than it is not long enough.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic
Edit 13/08/05

I shamefully admit I overrated this comic the first time around, even by starry-eyed standards. Those were my first days on Goodreads, still testing the waters of internet reviewing, and the fandom of this franchise is very intimidating. Fans will still love it, but the magic is gone from my affair with Mr Whedon. And objectively, the comic is in the lower quality tier. I rarely revise the ratings, but I was of two minds about this one from the start, and it really didn't hold up on
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded up

I've been a big fan of Firefly for years and I finally got around to reading this after it sat on my shelf for two years. The artwork is great! The action sequences were very on brand for what you would expect of the show and were super easy to visualize which I absolutely loved. Dialogue was also spot on and characters were generally very recognizable.

My biggest issue with it was that I didn't really feel like it brought anything new to the table. It's very possible that lat
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am such a fan of the series and the movie, which meant a mix of excitement and worry when I picked this up. Both were somewhat founded though the excitement definitely won :) The art is amazing and spot on, the dialogue captures each character just about perfectly. The story line seemed a bit bumpy but was true to Firefly. Overall I enjoyed it, though I wish it were longer. Looking forward to the next one!
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Joss Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon) is an American screenwriter, executive producer, film and television director, comic book writer, occasional composer, and actor, and the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-creator of Bellwether Pictures.

He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)', 'Angel (1999–2004)', 'Firefly (2002)'

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