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It looks and feels just right,
This review is from: Serenity Volume 2: Better Days: Better Days v. 2 (Serenity (Dark Horse)) (Paperback)
The story from issues #1-3 of Dark Horse's second Serenity mini-series - `Better Days' - is collected, along with the one-shot comic "Float Out" and two short stories featuring River, as Serenity Volume 2: Better Days and Other Stories (Serenity (Dark Horse)). The writer and artists manage to capture the feel and look of the original TV series and film very well, though this story is definitely set during Firefly - The Complete Series [Blu-ray] , well before the film and the first comic mini-series Serenity - Those Left Behind, as are the two short stories; `Float Out' is definitely set after the film Serenity [Blu-ray] [Region Free].
THE SPOILER ZONE
The story "Better Days" itself is fairly straightforward, though the opening action/robbery/chase sequence is a superb example of the `bait & switch' technique. The crew manage to acquire a vast amount of cash in exchange for some stolen technology. They live the high life for a while, until an Alliance special ops team comes looking for a former `Dust Devil', as rebel terrorists were known. Unfortunately, it is Captain Reynolds they are after, and the crew must chose between him and the cash... We get to see plenty of character background, a bit of the war, and a lot of interpersonal interaction. It could easily be an episode of Firefly, though with a bigger effects budget.
As I said above, it looks right, it sounds right, and it feels right.
The two short stories show River getting into character for the film.
`Float Out' features a wake for [the character who died in Serenity]; when we get a series of flashbacks showing them at their best in the dangerous situations they got into in their younger days, and also giving a glimpse into the future of one of those `left behind'...