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Obvious spoilers for Serenity: Leaves on the Wind caution blah blah blah...
Well, I'm bored so I figured I would jot down a few things about the first issue in a Serenity mini-series. This isn't technically going to be a review, I've never done a comic book review, so I'm not sure how to go about that, but this should be fun regardless.
So, the start was interesting. It took several pages to actually get to Serenity's crew, but it was surprisingly enjoyable up to that point. The beginning reminded me of V for Vendetta -- what with the angry dude yelling on the news. There was also a bit of The Dark Knight Returns in there. Props to Zack Whedon for crafting a scene that can be compared to those two comic giants.
The bit with the alliance was a bit meh, compared to what surrounds it, but it was necessary. Same with the first scenes of the new rebels.
After those bits, Whedon finally shows us what we've been waiting for.
River: River is much less scatterbrained and odd since she unveiled what was happening on Miranda . Though I was glad to see she still has her oddities. During Zoe's childbirth River definitely conjured up memories when she said, "This is very exciting." I'm interested to see what will happen with River, but I'm hoping she retains her current normalness but keeps up the odd-ness.
Mal and Inara: First, the chemistry was great. Still very bickery, which River mentions, and the obvious hey-they-really-like-each-other thing. And the book very casually goes from them bickering to being intimate. No big deal was made about it, and I love Whedon for this. Firefly is old. Really old. We've waited long enough for this relationship to happen, and thankfully the teasing is over.
Zoe: So, Zoe is pretty much the star in this issue. The scene with her imagining Wash sets up a whole storyline of what is probably PTSD. And this is Zoe. The person we've watched kick a-- for years (the years is because we've all been rewatching what was sadly on a one-year series). She survived Serenity Valley and the war without apparent psychological damage. An early comic also introduced the idea that she was hard, like, emotionless torture kind of hard. But Wash's death was powerful. Even with this, Zoe is by no means crippled as a character. She's still her. Angry and funny. The part where she jokingly told Kaylee that her child was named Hoban after her dad was probably the most a comic has ever captured the chemistry of the show.
Jubal Early: Man, Joss and company really do not like to kill off great characters. Or, at least not as much as George RR Martin. Jubal is a straight up creep, but he's got that weird dialogue that Whedon is known for putting in his work. Plus, with River being better in the head, we need Jubal to be the crazy for the show (er, comic). And can we please get a Jubal vs The Operative fight?
Jayne: A bit of a minor role this issue, but his appearance was what it needed to be. I totally buy that he would ditch the crew and move back in with his mom. It's a bit silly, but it's hard to take Jayne seriously sometimes. And his mom knitting a Jayne-hat-esque sweater? Perfect.
Kaylee/Doc: Not much of an appearance from these two. Kaylee was around for a joke, and Doc was around to get Mal to stop hiding and head for a hospital. Oh, and the whole child-birth thing. I suppose having him around for that was pretty important.
The issue is not a great stand alone comic. It was really good, but that's because I'm considering it as the first step in -- what will likely be -- a great mini-series. Considering what this issue had to actually accomplish, I think Zack Whedon handled it well.
Wishlist for characters to appear:
If this goes over well, I will possibly do another one for the next issue. I'm open to comments/criticism and things you would rather have me cover.