"Serenity: Leaves on the Wind" picks up with the Operative joining the crew of Serenity, and thanks to Zack Whedons’ clearly intimate understanding of each of the characters, none of them take the cooperation with ease. It also quickly becomes apparent that in order to rescue Zoe, desperate measures have to be taken. The way in which they do so not only leads to a fantastic cliff-hanger, but serves to delve deeper into the ‘verse’s mythology as teased in previous issues.
This miniseries has been fantastically well written from the start, with each character authentically having the voice and character traits from the TV series and film. This comic lovingly pays tribute to all that came before it, with small flourishes and unmentioned background details like Wash’s dinosaurs.
Georges Jeanty’s art is attentive and focused, displaying the layout and the tone of Serenity with the same kind of feel that each individual room had in the original series. It’s in the set characterisation Laura Martin’s colouring shines too, from dark and cramped scenes on board Serenity, open desert scenes and beyond.
At times however the characterisation of each figure is spotty, with faces at times seeming generalised and characters primarily identified by their clothing. Whilst this does lead to having to read the comic at a slower pace, it ultimately forces the reader to appreciate where the input is coming from. This is actually beneficial to the storytelling, as each piece of dialogue has purpose, and where it is not needed, the art is expressive and clear.
So, is this issue worth purchasing? If like me you’ve already bought the previous issues and consider them very true to the TV series, this is an easy buy. If you’re a purist that considers anything that doesn’t feature Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau as tripe, you probably weren’t going to get this issue in the first place. It substantially delivers from issue #3 and is setting itself up to be a great mini-series in true form to the Firefly mythos. Is it an adequate replacement for another series of Firefly? Of course not, but it’s easily the next best thing.