emmejo, October 15, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
In a harshly regulated future universe first pictured in the TV show Firefly, there are always a few rebels. One run-down little transport ship named Serenity has a crew comprised of mercenaries, thieves, fugitives and an elegant prostitute who is the only one who makes her living legally. This is the group readers follow on heists and general trouble-making. This comic helps to explain a few of the loose ends that come with a canceled TV show, while throwing a few more mysteries at it's fans.
I love Firefly. I tend to curse in accented Mandarin, spontaneously re-enact or recite scenes with friends and family, and sometimes drawl Broad Browncoat so badly that I have been asked if I come from down south because it is the closest real dialect to the slang featured in the show. I mention these facts because it means I am a very biased reviewer when I say that this is an excellent comic.
I have been very disappointed by most comics that are based on a TV show. The mediums are very different and the "feel" of the show is almost always lost. Not so in this case, this still feels like the 'Verse fans know and (obsessively) love. There are some things lost; readers will find a lack of striking scenery, gritty "wild west" styling seems to mostly be abandoned in favor of a harder sci-fi story and the comic layout feels rushed and crammed, even a touch claustrophobic. The art is some of the highest quality I have seen in American comics, from the expressive, yet technically solid line art to the well-balanced colorization. Characters are instantly recognizable and the dialogue is spot-on.
This is definitely a book no Browncoat should pass up.
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BeeBee, July 13, 2007 (view all comments by BeeBee)
A Definite Must Have for the die hard fans of Joss Whedon and the TV series "Firefly". In this book, you have articles and foreword by Joss himself and you get to peek into the production world of the movie...which has developed a cult following here in Portland and all over the world...I reluctantly watch the series with my sci-fi fan husband and now I am fully hooked by the characters, the witty verbal repartee, strong female characters and plot development. Since then I have been both pleasantly surprised by how many of my friends are fans of Joss Whedon and his work.
A friend from our church recommended the book and bought one for us. Now I would recommend it to any fan of Joss Whedon and the movie or the series as reading the book gave me more insight as to why and how the series, the movie and Joss Whedon all became such cult phenomenas.
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Five hundred years in the futures, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew of the transport-for-hire ship Serenity take on two new passengers and soon find themselves in a crossfire between an invincible military force and cannibalistic savages.
Writer/director Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, makes his long-awaitied feature film directorial debut with Serenity, based on his cult television series Firefly. This large format, full color companion to the movie features:
A special Introduction by Joss Whedon
An in-depth interview with him about the making of the film
The full shooting in script, including scenes cut from the final edit
Fascinating productions and background memos by Whedon, including CEA Brief History of the Universe, circa 2507 A.D.
Scores of stunning movie stills, storyboards and pieces of production art
From the creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comes this follow-up to the hit TV show "Firefly. Serenity" follows a ship full of mercenaries, fugitives, and one law-abiding prostitute in their pursuit for fast cash and a little peace along the fringes of space.
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