Written by Luke Anthony
on Wednesday, January 29 2014 and posted in Reviews
Joss Whedon's brother Zach takes the weight of the long dead show, and places it on his shoulders for all of us poor souls.
Source: Dark Horse
It's official, hell has frozen over. Snow and ice in Florida. Not only that, but Firefly has returned...to comics. That's right folks, your beloved cult classic and long mourned series that died too young is back, brought to you by Dark Horse. The real question is, is it good? Is it worthy of all this time we've spent waiting? Please tell me I didn’t write hate letters to Fox for months for nothing!
Well, considering it's executive producer is Joss Whedon himself, and his brother (part of an incredible family history filled with writers) is doing the script, the answer is definitely yes. I almost said without a doubt...but I may have a tiny little one. Dark Horse asked us not to do spoilers, so I won’t. But I will tell you, it’s the same pacing, but not exactly the voice or wit of the show, at least not yet. There’s a lot of lead-up during the first half of the first issue, drawing the picture of fame for the both renowned and renounced-across-the-‘verse, Mal Reynolds. After we rummage through the first bloat, we get into the heart of the story. There are consequences from their actions in the movie, Serenity. That may be all I can say.
The art is great! There’s a team of 4 getting these pages perfect. Georges Jeanty (Buffy) is doing the pencils, Karl Story is inking them, Laura Martin is the colors, and lastly Michael Heilser on lettering. Can’t forget about that guy. Big team here, guys, with 4 more for the covers. So the art is pretty gorram good. Characters you already know and love look pretty good on the page.
I’d say it’s a solid “buy”. Considering it’s more than I can say for Dark Horse’s Halo series in terms of adaptations of an original series, saying to buy it is 100% genuine. It has potential to carry some really great weight & capture at least parts of the depth & culture there was in the series.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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