Serenity: Those Left Behind

January 23, 2006 | Trades


Serenity: Those Left Behind
Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad
Dark Horse Books
$9.95 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

I love comic books but I’ve got to admit, Those Left Behind would’ve made a heck of an episode of Firefly.
Of course it never would’ve been written if Firefly hadn’t been cancelled and creator Joss Whedon hadn’t busted his hump getting the feature-film version, Serenity, made.
Simply put, Those Left Behind is a bridge, a way of getting attentive fans from the TV show to the movie, tying up all the loose ends of one and setting the stage for the next.
The story sees Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his ragtag crew of the Firefly-class spaceship, Serenity, on another fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants job to earn enough credits to keep the craft flying.
Written by Whedon, assisted by Brett Matthews, Those Left Behind has much the same rustic, funny feel as the TV show, with a hint of the darkness that the feature film, now available on DVD, brought forth.
Hopefully this series is simply a preview of more Serenity comics to come — with Joss on board keeping the signal going. Pretty please?

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