If you are like many who are still sad because Firefly was cancelled then I have a preview that will hopefully cheer you up. While Firefly might not have lasted six seasons and a movie, Dark Horse is bringing the much-loved series back in comic form. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind will be a six issue miniseries written by Zack Whedon with art by Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
The new miniseries will take place nine months after the movie and will deal with the consequences and aftermath. The crew will be in hiding in a quieter part of the ‘Verse, while those who are pursuing are still after them.
As a reader, you will see the surviving characters develop in a variety of manners, from grief or by finding more stability and balance. This will be particularly true for Zoe who, along with the rest of the crew, is grieving over the death of Wash. As well as grief she must also come to terms with the child she will soon give birth to. Although, not all the character development is all negative, with River finding more stability and balance since the end of the film. These developments could create some engaging ideas for narrative and character progression and it will be interesting where they are taken.
While Joss Whedon is only taking an executive producer role on the miniseries, his brother Zack will be penning the series. In an article with Nerdist Zack Whedon has stated that wants to create “…something that feels like it is building on what is already there rather than just mimicking it. [The series will] plow forward into the future of these characters and tell new stories which has been a lot of fun. … I know fans have been starving for story, so I don’t hold back in that regard.” This seems like he will be trying to please Firefly/Serenity fans, while at the same time creating something new. Something that fans have been dying for some time.
Artist, Georges Jeanty, is no stranger to Whedon properties with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 and 9 under his belt. It will be intriguing to see how he tackles a series that, while science fiction, is less phantasmagoric.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 is available in comic stores and digitally from January 29th.
Take a look at the variant cover by Georges Jeanty as well as a four-page preview below.