Serenity: Those Left Behind Paperback – Jan 24 2006
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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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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.Read more ›
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!
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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Very well done indeed! The story was well developed and the artwork was amazing. I would love to see more beyond the first four volumes.Published 16 months ago by Carolyn T, Clark
Great story and awesome art to tie in the time between the end of the TV series and the Serenity movie. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Blackjak
My boyfriend is a Joss Wheaon fan and is obsessed with Serenity and Firefly! Thought it'd be cool for him to read what "officially" happened prior !Published 23 months ago by Jasmine
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 morePublished on Sept. 10 2014 by AliKira
Art style was beautiful and the typical Joss Whedon dialog was amazing. It is a must have. I cant wait to buy the othersPublished on June 29 2014 by Ashley Scudder
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 on June 19 2014 by N
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