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Better Days (Serenity #2.1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  6,928 Ratings  ·  338 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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Jun 18, 2009 Kemper rated it liked it
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
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.
Liz Janet
Sep 06, 2014 Liz Janet rated it it was amazing
There is a heist, they get ready to rescue someone.
Wash is prepared:

Jayne is ready:

Zoe was born ready:

Mal was also born ready:

They are all ready (except that one person), and no power in the 'verse can stop them:

UPDATE MAY 2016----------------------------------------
Review of the series: https://booksandstuff1357.wordpress.c...
UPDATE JUNE 2016---------------------------------------
Character exploration: Wash and Zoe: https://booksandstuff1357.wordpress.c...
Jan 30, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
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.

4.5 stars


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 ha
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Library

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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 lifetime!

The artwork is decent and the storyline isn’t too bad. I’m not jumping for joy o
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Jul 07, 2009 Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it liked it
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.
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I don't know why I bothered. The illustrations may be a little better but the disjointed and confusing short story and its implications definitely weren't for me.

Serenity's crew suddenly become filthy rich. For a while, anyway. And their 'what I'd do if I were rich' dreams were the only good thing about Better Days .

Engineer Kaylee's dream was obvious - sleeping with Simon and her own ship workshop. Doctor Simon would return to his homeworld with sister River so they can work together in a hosp
Jesse A
Jun 27, 2015 Jesse A rated it liked it
Decent, if definitely lesser, Firefly adventure.
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
Oct 03, 2008 Luann rated it really liked it
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
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Feb 21, 2010 Jason Brown (Toastx2) rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Mar 08, 2014 Dan rated it liked it
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
Apr 18, 2009 Christina rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Firefly/Serenity fans
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2010
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
Brendan Nicholls
Sep 07, 2016 Brendan Nicholls rated it it was amazing
Really enjoy this series, much like another forgotten gem Fringe. This has all the ingredients of becoming a successful space opera but was taken off the air before a bigger fan base was born. I've settled into this graphic series to continue the journey and while this doesn't follow the film, it does follow the TV show. The book keeps the humour and action ticking as the story builds to a huge confrontation. I would've liked to see this on the screen but settled for the pages. If you are a fan ...more
Clark Hallman
Dec 08, 2014 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2008 Punk rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Jul 10, 2008 Rhapsody rated it really liked it
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
Jul 10, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
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
Apr 06, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, comics, 2009, series
Hmmm. Better than the first volume of Serenity comics, but it felt rushed in some places (not enough panels to explain what's happening) and slow and anticlimactic in others. I'm glad I read it, but I don't plan on buying the book.

I suppose it all comes down to any Serenity is better than no Serenity at all!
Mar 07, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it
A fun story in which the crew of Serenity get rich beyond their wildest dreams (and part of the fun is seeing what each person's wildest dreams actually are), but can they hold onto their latest take while the Alliance continues to hunt them?
Feb 06, 2011 Simeon rated it did not like it
Shelves: utter-shite
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.

Jan 11, 2013 Matt rated it liked it
Best part about TV to comic: I have the voices already in my head.
Apr 03, 2009 KC rated it really liked it
Just made me miss it more!
Jery Schober
Jan 02, 2015 Jery Schober rated it really liked it
A nice glimpse into what could have been awesome TV episodes, if only...
May 05, 2017 Allie rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars

I loved the first volume, but this one did not have a good flow to it.
May 08, 2017 Andrea rated it it was ok
There were a few shining, funny moments - and the introduction by Adam Baldwin was an unexpected treat! But not enough for me to really enjoy or pick this up again.
Jun 22, 2017 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Just like the movie and tv show, its amazing!!!
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
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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.

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Other Books in the Series

Serenity (4 books)
  • Those Left Behind (Serenity, #1)
  • Better Days and Other Stories (Serenity, #2)
  • The Shepherd's Tale (Serenity, #3)
  • Leaves on the Wind (Serenity)

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