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on 5 September 2011
There are several stories in the Serenity universe that, until now, have been a little difficult to get hold of. There is already
precious little Firefly and Serenity canon and this volume does little to offset the sadness among Browncoats pining for more screen-time
but for most of us, any addition is welcome. If you've come this far and have no idea what a Browncoat or a Firefly is, you better go
and watch Firefly and Serenity, though I expect that if you're looking at this graphic novel, you already know what to expect, gorrammit.
Better Days (74 pages) takes place directly after Firefly. The crew of Serenity strike it rich and go on holiday, but when one crewmember
is captured, they have to risk their loot to bust the hostage out. It adds little to the overall Firefly/Serenity arc but there is an
interesting revelation about one character, and plenty of the eccentric adventures we've come to love. The art is spot on. It's followed
by a not-new foreword by Adam Baldwin (the same one from the paperback.)
Downtime (8 pages) is a short story previously available online. It's a behind-the-scenes tale about life aboard Serenity. There's no
new information but is faithful to the original characters and a fun read. It's my personal favourite from the collection.
The Other Half (8 pages) is another short story that was published on MySpace (?) so chances are you've never read it. It's an action-packed
heist where River saves the day again. It's pretty average but fun, and the art is great as always.
Float Out (25 pages) is a relatively new story, set after Serenity, that was printed in a one-shot comic book. It's printed a little larger
here and for the collectors, you'll be able to re-read it here without unsealing those comic books. Float Out is told through three new
characters, old friends of Wash, who recount tales of his flying skills while christening their new ship, the Jetwash, in his honour. It's a
touching story written by Patton Oswalt and a great tribute to our beloved pilot. The final page of this book makes reading the whole thing
worthwhile. No spoilers, but it's a great surprise, I promise.
Overall, it's a good buy, but a bit lacking. There's no dust-jacket, and no extras, no notes or anything. On the other hand, it's the longest
Serenity graphic book, and very enjoyable. Worthwhile for fans.