Despite being cancelled after only 14 episodes (and a continuation movie) nearly 15 years ago, Joss Whedon’s space western TV series Firefly remains “shiny” in the hearts of fans.
Even though we all wish the show had continued, we’ll just have to settled for seeing Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew of Serenity in the panels of comic books. Luckily the comics series have, so far, been very good at capturing the tone of the show. It’s surprisingly easy to hear the specific voices of the characters when reading the two Firefly “Legacy Editions” collecting together the various Firefly comics published since the series ended. I can’t recommend them highly enough. They instantly brought me right back into the show’s universe.
The newest Firefly graphic novel does a great job at capturing the show’s tone too. Greg Pak was brought on to write a story that takes place between the show and the movie that focuses on the long-coming repercussions of Mal’s actions during the Unification War.
Serenity is in trouble and needs to set down for repairs. Mal’s plans go awry when mercenaries deputized to hunt down war criminals turn up. Through flashbacks, details of Mal and Zoe’s past come the light and we get some glimpses of why our heroes are being hunted.
If you’re itching for more Firefly, these comics might be the scratch you need. Of course, this is just volume one, so expect a cliffhanger ending.