Geeks are greedy.
No. Really! We demand so much from the creators of our beloved series. In 2002, Geek God Joss Whedon produced a series for the FOX Network called Firefly. It was much loved yet short lived (It was canceled after only 11 episodes). Then, the TV show on DVD craze happened, and Firefly was a HUGE seller! And with that came “The Browncoats.” Browncoats are fans of the Firefly series. They were utterly devoted to bringing the show back in some capacity. And in 2005, the unthinkable happened. They actually succeeded. Firefly was turned into a major motion picture. The geeks had won! They got their wish! It happened! They stuck it to the man! For ONCE, the fans dictated what was important! NOT THE STUDIOS!
But remember when I said that thing about geeks being greedy?
Well, they demanded more. They wanted even more stories about the beloved crew of the Firefly-class ship known as Serenity.
And that’s where Dark Horse Comics's Serenity: Leaves on the Wind comes from, and despite the motto of Gordon Gekko, greed is not good.
We rejoin the crew of the Serenity shortly after the events of the motion picture (Well..we don’t rejoin the crew of the Serenity until page 10). The ‘verse is in turmoil after Mal and his crew outed the Alliance for their treachery and the hand they had in creating the cannibalistic Reavers on the planet of Miranda. But the political machine has used their talking heads to attempt to persuade people into believing that it was all just some kind of hoax (One of these pundits bears a bit of a resemblance to Rush Limbaugh). There’s also a resistance building! But we don’t know any of their names, and we don’t really care about them either. And then, we’re FINALLY with Mal and the gang onboard the Serenity! They are on the run and hiding. And now River is the pilot. And Jayne isn’t on the ship. And apparently Mal and Inara are sleeping together (Because a relationship that everyone has wanted to see since the pilot episode, that has been teased on and off throughout the entire series….should just already be happening without any fanfare. That sounds like a good idea. Nobody will have a problem with that. Nope….) And then Zoe has Wash’s baby. And then, the crew needs a hospital. And then, we see Jayne again. And then, to be continued.
Did that little review seem halfhearted? Well, it’s because the first issue of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind seemed equally halfhearted. And that’s the problem. Firefly was the one Whedon series above the others that was known for its heart. Its liveliness. Its spirit. And none of that is on display here. Admittedly, some members of the crew had recently perished from the events of the film, but the first issue just seemed….hollow.
The ART, however, was great. Joss Whedon comic book mainstay (and former Gonzogeek interviewee) Georges Jeanty brings his well-known style from the adventures of Buffy Summers over the The ‘Verse and doesn’t miss a beat.
I, of course, sincerely hope that writer (and Joss's brother) Zack Whedon's story gets better, but right now, it just isn’t there.
Maybe we should have been satisfied with resurrecting a dead television show and turning it into a movie. That should have been good enough, right? But geeks are greedy. And if the series doesn’t improve…maybe that’s our punishment for never being satisfied. That and Halle Berry as Catwoman.
I give Serenity: Leaves on the Wind 2 out of 5 stars.