Sunday, September 6, 2015
Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64 Volume 4 - Leaves on the Wind
Publisher/Year: Dark Horse, 2014
Artist: Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Laura Martin
Writer: Zack Whedon
Collects: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1-6, Free Comic Book Day 2012: Serenity/Star Wars
The series starts about 9 months after the events in the Serenity movie revolves primarily around the same characters. This story starts with it being made clear that the transmission from Mr. Universe did make it out to the public, and the Alliance is working to minimize its effects while trying to hunt the crew down. Additionally, as revealed in other comics taking place more immediately after the movie, Zoe is pregnant with Wash’s child. Complications during childbirth force Mal to take Zoe to a doctor. The ship and crew narrowly escape capture after having to come out of hiding, but are forced to leave Zoe behind, alone, to be healed.
The series of comics also creates a new storyline by having a resistance group form after seeing the transmission; this storyline allows a new character to be added to the crew. The comics also explore the storyline of River’s past, which allows some familiar faces to be brought back and new foes and dangers to be introduced.
The writing of the comics was solid. All of the characters felt familiar. They weren’t exactly the characters I’m used to from the show and movie, but close enough I couldn’t tell you what makes them different. The art is amazing; everything, and perhaps more importantly, everyone looks clearly like their counterparts from the show and movie.
The only ding I gave this book is for that slightly off vibe I got in general from the characters. I tore through it in one sitting and immediately wanted more (hint, hint, editor-in-chief).