Original Story by: Paul Davidson
Submitted by: Mr. Sevens
Serenity debuts in comic book form until movie release in September 2005.
As reported earlier by Slice of Sci-Fi news, Dark Horse Comics has come to the rescue of all those Firefly fans who need a Serenity fix. They will issue a special three-issue series of Firefly comic books that will let us in on the events that befall the Serenity crew between the TV series and the upcoming movie.
When the first of the three-part Serenity miniseries hits the streets on July 6th, the intrepid Malcom Reynolds and company find themselves in the midst of another heist gone wrong. The Serenity crew must outwit both government agents and mercenaries if they want to keep their operation — and their lives — intact. If it sounds like more of the same, it probably is — more of what made Firefly so good, anyway. Brett Matthews, Joss Whedon’s partner in this venture, stated, “The struggle is that of the show, it remains the same — how do you make your way in a very hard world?….a world that pretty much wants nothing to do with you? That you fought to keep from becoming what it has…and lost. What are you willing to do to survive? How much does it take to make a life worth living? Where do you draw your lines? What do you take with you, and what do you leave behind?”
Ultimately, it’s these questions that help draw us into the Firefly story. Reynolds and his comrades don’t have everything together like the crew of the USS Enterprise do. Neither are they fighting an epic battle of good versus evil like the heros of Star Wars. They’ve already lost their wars, and now they’re just trying to survive. Only their fates — and those of their fellow passengers — rest in their hands; and in that way, they’re just like the rest of us.
Matthews has hinted that we will be treated to some familiar faces in the comic book editions; for example, crime boss Badger would make an appearance. And then there are the numerous mysteries that beg for revelation; for instance, what is Shepherd Book’s real story? A few more clues to that puzzle will present themselves in the comic collection, but not necessarily any complete answers.
Undoubtedly, the comics will share something else in common with the TV series; they’ll leave us hanging and wanting more.