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Serenity: Those Left Behind [Paperback]

Joss Whedon , Brett Matthews , Will Conrad
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Jan. 24 2006 Serenity (Dark Horse)
The ragtag crew of Serenity—mercenaries, fugitives, and one law-abiding prostitute—pursue fast cash and a little peace along the fringes of space. On a scavenger mission that promises a big payoff, they realize too late that they are being played by an old enemy with a grudge.

Written by series creator Joss Whedon and show writer Brett Matthews, this new edition features the extras previously only available in the limited deluxe edition!
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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With the war between the Alliance and the independent Browncoats over, Mal Reynolds, captain of the Serenity, and his crew of misfits, fugitives, and would-be outlaws work the frontier. Defeated and directionless, their goal has become simply to keep flying, and Mal is willing to take any job, in- or outside the law, to achieve it. Although their willingness to flout rules has occasionally played to their favor, they may be in over their heads in taking aboard Simon and his damaged sister, River, secretive fugitives from the Alliance. Mal and his crew may not know it, but the hunt is on, and the Alliance is right behind them. Whedon elaborates on his Firefly universe in this small prequel to the movie Serenity. If this story doesn't have much in the way of plot or background, an aura of character study suffuses it, enlightening Serenity newcomers while warming the hearts of fans. Will Conrad's slick and fluid artwork captures the essence of how the film actors realized the characters without losing comic-book feel. Tina Coleman
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
"Firefly" was cancelled halfway through its first and only season. The final few episodes did not get aired, which seemed a fitting ending, because when the series began they skipped the pilot movie to air some other episodes first. When we finally got to see the episodes that did not air, we discovered that River Tam was something more than some sort of insane person with psychic tendencies. One of the things we know about Joss Whedon television shows from watching "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" is that there is a story arc for the first half of a season, which combines with a second half story arc to up the ante. Consequently, just as "Firefly" was getting interesting, FOX pulled the plug. Having already killed off "Dark Angel" to make room for "Firefly," it was adding insult to injury (or visa versa).

But "Firefly" fans were legion, they were vocal, and they bought enough copies of the DVD set of the abbreviated series and that gave Whedon the backing to do "Serenity," a theatrical movie that would bring some closer to the "Firefly" saga. However, the opening of the movie established that Inara and Shepherd Book were no longer aboard the good ship "Serenity." We would find out where they were in the course of the movie, but that still begged the question as to how it came to be that they left Captain Mal Reynolds and the rest of the crew behind. This would be the sort of things that fans would be able to speculate about for years, as did "Star Trek" fans filling in the gap between the original series and the first movie. However, Whedon has saved us from such fun.

"Serenity: Those Left Behind" is more a prequel to the "Serenity" movie than it is a an attempt to cover everything in between.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat for FIREFLY fans March 13 2007
There is not enough FIREFLY/SERENITY in the world, it's just a fact. SERENITY: THOSE LEFT BEHIND is wonderful just for giving fans a little bit more of this fantastic and enjoyable world and its characters. It's also wonderful on just about every other account.

The artwork is immediately gorgeous and consistent--all of the characters appear exactly as they're thespian counterparts do on television, Serenity herself is perfect inside and out, and the colours are brilliant. The story takes place between the end of the television program FIREFLY and the beginning of the motion picture SERENITY, and is a good bridge between the two, answering some questions--such as why Shepard Book was no longer travelling with the crew, and what happened to the men with the blue hands.

Our ragtag space heroes are all perfectly represented with great dialogue and action. My one complaint would be that it's too short. At only one hundred pages, this little graphic novel feels awfully rushed in some places (although it still doesn't skimp on the action.) Of course, even if it was ten thousand pages, I'd still want more. Anyways, this is a must have for FIREFLY fans; here's hoping they publish some more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Firefly fans won't be disappointed. May 10 2008
The story within this graphic novel takes place between the final episode of the Firefly series and the movie Serenity, answering some long-pondered questions regarding that time period, most notably with regards to Shepard and River. It's unfortunate that it couldn't have been longer or couldn't have answered more questions (for example, we never did find out about Shepard's past), but beggars can't be choosers. The fans had questions, and Joss Whedon gladly answered at least some of them.
Regardless of how fulfilled fans are by this filler, the book is jam-packed with gorgeous artwork and Whedon's trademark comedy. You won't be disappointed.
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By J. Tupone TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This comic is a good product and it really comes off like another episode of Firefly, which I thought was really interesting. The artwork certainly was lacking somewhat (e.g. Simon looks nothing like he does in the series) and the writing didn't have all the usual quips and witty remarks that the various characters make on the TV series. Apart from that, it was a lot like an episode of the show. I think there could have been more added to the story by expanding it into a longer series with more material. I hear that there's another comic coming out in the future; another "prequel" - I hope that there's a possibility of an expanded series. Since the TV show is not coming back, those of us who are Firefly addicts could seek our fix from an expanded comic book series. The comic is a must read for any Firefly fan because you just can't miss the opportunity to take in another Firefly episode; but it fails to satisfy the insatiable appetite of Firefly fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for Fans Feb. 16 2009
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Takes place between the end of Firefly but before the movie Serenity. Inara continues her plans to leave. We are shown why Shepard Book left Serenity. Begins with a typical heist that does not go right. And we meet various other characters who create havoc for our friends, Badger and the Men in Blue Gloves. Nothing terribly special but a lot of fun revisiting the wonderful characters. The dialogue was written wonderfully, I could just hear the actor's voices in my head as I read. The artwork is quite good. Inara, Jayne and Kaylee are particularly close to their real live counterparts. Fun! Must read for fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More story from the Firefly universe.
I prefer the hardcover editions of the Firefly graphic novels but this isn't bad either! I do love how Firefly/Serenity is continued in graphic novel form and look forward to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by AliKira
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!! Arrived within 48hrs and the book is ...
Wonderful!! Arrived within 48hrs and the book is amazing!
Published 2 months ago by Tealorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Art style was beautiful and the typical Joss Whedon dialog was amazing. It is a must have. I cant wait to buy the others
Published 4 months ago by Ashley Scudder
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly, the comic books
Joss Whedon's Firefly is wonderful in all it's formats. The comic book series adds to the tv series. The artwork is beautiful.
Published 4 months ago by N
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this comic
This is perhaps the only comic tie-in I've ever taken as canon. The IDW comics of Beast Wars and MLP just seemed to retcon some of my all-time favorite villain deaths, Freddy vs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Giga Bytes7
5.0 out of 5 stars More Serenity
y is always a good thig, and I'll take as uch as I can get. I'd prefer a reboot of the series, or even an animated series, but I love comics, and I love the Serenity comics.
Published 7 months ago by Clary Carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Serenity Those Left Behind
Thoughtful, insightful. If only. It is hard to capture Whedonesque but this does it all as best as one can speculate. Thanks!
Published 8 months ago by Linda MacDougall
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Follow but Visually Very Good
The book is not full size and that is not mentioned when you buy it. The story is also a little scattered and hard to follow, trying to put a lot of information into less than 80... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Paul Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for Firefly Fans
This is always a spectacular read, it's definitely something every Firefly fan needs to have on one of their book shelves.
Published 16 months ago by Marcie Valiant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork, amusing and stellar Whedon storylines.
I bought these books for my daughter, a true Firefly fan but my son and I have devoured them. Not a comics fan in general, having seen too many awful ones, I was delighted with... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Snowy Angel's Mom
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