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Would recommend for Browncoats, BUT....
on August 16, 2014
I'm a huge Firefly fan, and while I would recommend this for any browncoat to read to see the continuing story of our beloved characters/universe, just to see where the story might have eventually taken us had the show not been canceled. However, there are some major problems I have with the story that I can't give it higher than a 3 star rating.
The issues I have with the story: (Spoiler alert#
1) In Firefly we find out that Inara is going to leave Serenity. In "Those left behind", we see that happen. In Serenity we see Inara is gone, but comes back, possibly to stay? That's the open ended story thus far. But at the beginning of Leaves on the Wind, Mal and Inara are suddenly together. If there's is anything in Firefly that I most want to see.. is the moment where Mal and Inara finally express their true feelings for each other and come together. We didn't get to see that in Serenity, and we don't get to see it here, it's already happened and it's just thrown at us. Maybe I'm biased on the topic of Mal and Inara, but this is unacceptable. There was nothing in this new story arc that required Mal and Inara to be together. Had they not been shown in this manor, it would not have changed the story at all. I would rather had them just shown some near misses of them getting together, only to be thwarted by stubbornness, than to have them have come together "off screen". The story would have been served better to keep them apart and leave us waiting for that story, than to show them together without showing us how it happened.
2# I more or less have to take this story as what "might have come" had the series not been canceled. However, even if we would have arrived at this same place over several seasons of the TV show, we would have seen all the moment in-between. All the beautiful character moments that we all love so much. Each character's journey to get from here to there. All the moments of just sitting around the dinner table laughing, or arguing about when are they going to have another job to do. Unfortunately, there's no time for any of that here. The story is big, adventurous, and action packed. Nothing wrong with those things... but that's not what made Firefly great. Here.. we see the return of Jubal Early AND the Operative. Before I finished the 6th issue, I wouldn't have been surprised if YoSaffBridge, Niska, Badger, and 10 other characters had made a re-appearance. Take all the action from each TV episode and cut it into one long double episode, and that's more like what this story felt like. While the characters sort of speak the language... there is none of the dialog we expect from Firefly. Every episode of the TV series left us with several dozen #or more# incredible lines of dialog. If your hoping to hear more "You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go and get to beat you with till you know who is in ruttin command around here", you will find very little of it in this story. Actually I can't remember any lines of dialog from all six issues of Leaves on the Wind that stuck with me.
3) Not to take away from the effort that was put forth to create this comic, but this, and the other Serenity comics, just goes to show that we truly lost something forever when Firefly was canceled. It's bigger than Joss, or Tim Minear, or the actors on the screen. EVERYONE involved in Firefly, from all the writers, to all the directors, to the composers, to the actors to every single person who touched it. It took them ALL to create nothing short of MAGIC. And unfortunately, it's magic that is apparently unable to be captured in any other way.
Firefly is gone.. and while I will always read any "official" canon of their continuing adventure, nothing thus far has captured the pure magic that was the show. The TV show will forever be one of my "happy places" that I go to when I feel the sky is being taken from me. This and any other comics I will simply read out of curiosity.