Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2 keeps flying high

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It’s hard to describe the bond that geeks have with Joss Whedon’s space-cowboy adventure Firefly; it was gone far too soon, however much of its cult status comes from its unintentional brevity. Firefly and the follow up film Serenity were always so bright and inspired partially because the series only ran one season, so only the best ideas were being used. Fans are left in this odd sort of uncomfortable limbo, wanting to relive the joy of experiencing more of a series to which they have grown extremely fond, but also fearful that new material won’t live up to their high expectation.

This is where Serenity: Leaves on the Wind comes in. Following in the footsteps of other Joss Whedon television series inspired comic book adaptation, including several to span the time between Firefly and Serenity, this new comic series aims to tell the story of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew after the events on the planet Miranda. They’re wanted throughout the ‘Verse with a high price on their heads, and with one of the team’s lives in danger, they’re forced to make a difficult decision. River offers to scour the darkest corners of her mind in an attempt to give the crew something to bargain with, but whether or not she will emerge unscathed remains to be seen. The first issue was full of familiar faces, as well as a few new ones, and several surprises. Dangers, both old and new, seem to be intent on crowding up the crew’s sky.

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2, available February 26th, picks up where the first issue left off, bringing blood, sweat and tears back to the series. To be honest, as a fan of the series, it’s difficult to keep my mouth shut. After so long, rewatching the original series does little to wet one’s appetite and the twists and turns coming out the comics are quite adept at feeding a fandom’s flame.

Written by Zack Whedon and penciled by Georges Jeanty, Leaves on the Wind has all the feel of the original series. And Jeanty is no stranger to the Whedonverse, having also worked on Buffy: Season 8 and Buffy: Season 9. The characters have all their grit and spark, and the dialect of the different cast members translates well into a written form. However, there’s a tragic lack of directly-translated-to-Mandarin curse words. The art of the comic successfully captures of the depth of the world that helps make the series so intriguing, and there’s a feeling that as Mal’s crew dwindles, their support from fellow Browncoats may only grow.

Ultimately, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is going to remain on my comic book order sheet month after month if they keep this up. Fears that the magic of the series would be lost if it continued further will be unfounded if the Whedon brothers and their talented cohorts continue carrying on in this fashion. Mal is back, and there ain’t no power in the ‘Verse that can stop him.

You can pre-order Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2 at your local comic book store or online on Dark Horse’s website.


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