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Serenity Volume 1: Those Left Behind [Hardcover]

Joss Whedon , Will Conrad

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Nov. 27 2007 Serenity (Dark Horse)
Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) bridges the gap between his cult-hit Firefly TV series and his Serenity motion picture with this three-issue comics series - now in a hardcover edition! 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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (Nov. 27 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078461
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 17.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of Mal's Misbehavin' May 27 2008
By J. Holt - Published on Amazon.com
I got hold of this 3-issue TPB after reading the recent mini-series "Better Days" (also from Dark Horse). I was surprised reading the reviews of this collection that fans were disappointed.

"Those Left Behind" is far superior to "Better Days." As other reviewers commented, reading this one is like watching the show. You also see things that they may not have been able to pull off on the show (Zero-G, space graveyard). I also liked elements here that I've wondered about: what about rival merc teams? How close was Kaylee getting Simon where she wanted him? How do Book and Inara end up off the ship?

Ultimately, this was a satisfying read. Unbelievably better than "Better Days" (which should be avoided). Also, the covers and variant covers by various top-of-the-field artists, in addition to the great interior art -- all of it is just purty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Firefly Fans Rejoice! Aug. 16 2013
By Shannon M. Mcgee - Published on Amazon.com
This graphic novel based off the defunct T.V. show Firefly. It takes place somewhere in between the series and the movie Serenity. So many good shows such as Joss Whedon's Firefly end too soon so I am a big fan of the fact that they continued the story in comic book form.

The intro by Nathan Fillion was brilliant. The art is amazing. Seeing all the characters I loved from the tv show and movie. To me it was set up like an another episode of the show. The art matches dialogue wonderfully.

I was not a big fan of bringing back the bad guy who should have been dead but I guess no one stays dead in Whedon comics. This comic also jumps into the world of Firefly that anyone who is not a fan reading may be confused. I believe it is strictly for fans.

I can not wait to read more graphic novels of Serenity. They are a joy to read.
3.0 out of 5 stars You Can't take the Skies from Me! May 7 2010
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on Amazon.com
The western meets the ends of space - that's how I always pictured Firefly. You have technology that takes people to the ends of space, but those people that are there are just now starting up planets. That means every techno-city would have dozens of small farming planets just to support it. It also would have a large governing force, and that force would have HAD to have been challenged once upon a time. Enter our main man and his Browncoat ways, living on the edge of space so he can remina free. Add to that your motley crew of characters, the add-ons, and the strange things they run into along the way.
I have to say I like that.

What I didn't like in a lot of ways was this book, however, and perhaps that was because much of it was overly simplistic. Perhaps it didn't want to speak overly and bore or perhaps it didn't want to be anything but a highlight reel. whatever the case, it made parts of it not-so-fun when gone through. This hurt everything in its own way, with the impact of a bad story making the characters seem like paper and the world like the smae materials and - you get the picture.

The one thing I can say for the story is, looking at the show and it together, I do see a taste that started in here. This "beginning" is not a bad way to try to start out things either, but the way it was executed was flawed. I liked it in some ways and was conflicted as I sat down to talk about it, knowing that fans of the series would like this but that others might not want to even bother. So, here's the play (huddle up)

Look at some of the pictures provided. Pages are here, and breakdowns are here as well. If you like those, look briefly at the editorial and see if it sounds appeasing. If it does, you can always look at other stuff but, when you hit so many "good things," you might want to check on it. It isn't bad, per say, just not great.
Here's to choices.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a comic book, doesn't pretend to be much more. Jan. 17 2008
By C. Telenko - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed the story for what it was. It did not have the personality that the actors brought to their characters, but the basic Firefly storyline was there. Of course it had the brief and mysterious qualities of a comic book, but I like comic books. All in all, I enjoyed the comic, the art, the prologue for the movie, and, most especially, the introduction by Nathan Fillion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read June 23 2014
By Valerie Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
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I've seen the show Firefly and the movie Serenity and must say if you liked them these books are a must have if not at least a must read.

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