Ain't No Power In The Verse Can Stop It


Get within shouting distance of anyone involved with Firefly, and it's only a matter of time before someone asks when it's coming back, when there will be another film, or when the series will move to cable or Netflix. Or when Joss Whedon will just get the gang back together, and film them hanging out in his backyard (wait...). In a way, that question has finally been answered, with the announcement that Dark Horse, publishers of the Buffy Seasons 8 and 9, and the various Serenity comics will be continuing the story of Serenity in a new on-going series. With the exception of Float Out, all of the previous comics were set during or between the series and the film, whereas this new series will be an official continuation, picking up shortly after the film and, as Comic Book resources describes it,
"Mal and the crew are recouping from their recent strike against the sinister interplanetary government, The Alliance, in which they exposed government agencies as those responsible for the creation of the Reavers -- the scourge of the universe. With River Tam in the co-pilot chair and a very pregnant Zoe reeling from the death of her husband, Wash, Mal is finding himself and his ship in greater danger than ever."

The writer has yet to be revealed on the series (smart money would be on Zack Whedon, who has penned the three most recent Serenity offerings), but the artist has been revealed to be Georges Jeanty, who has been the regular artist on the Buffy continuation since 2007. Said Jeanty on the challenge of making the switch, "With Firefly there are seven characters and a ship to consider. When they're on Serenity -- fans know what every inch of that ship looks like, so I have to be very meticulous with my depiction. Not to mention there are a few very subtle differences in the ship from TV to the movie." When seeking inspiration for his art, Jeanty seems to be looking in the right places, saying, "Artist Mobius is a big inspiration, along with Geof Darrow. Walt Simonson on Alien is a good thing to keep handy. Also, movies like Blade Runner, Outland, Alien -- anything with a rustic futuristic feel." Not the first time a comparison has been drawn between Alien and Firefly, I might add.

Personally, I gave up on the Buffy books a while ago. To me, Buffy has run it's course a couple time, and Angel sputtered shortly thereafter. Serenity has literally worlds of places left to go, and I'm sure that Whedon has communicated a range of ideas he had back in the day to whomever is going to be writing this book (when he's got the time between other things). And Jeanty is a solid artist when it comes to the fantastical beasts and environments of the Buffy-verse. However, his characters have had a sameness to them that never really gripped me (everyone looks so damned youthful). Not in the way, for instance, Karl Moline rendered the characters during his brief stint. Not that it matters; this is an easy decision for me. So long as the series stays true to the characters, and has interesting stories to tell, I'm in.

It's also as good a sign as any from The Powers That Be that Serenity's future lies on the page, and not on the screen. And I'm alright with that too.

Via Comic Book Resources.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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