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Serenity, Vol. 2: Better Days Paperback – October 7, 2008

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When Whedon’s beloved TV show Firefly was canceled, fans were left with a little spaceship-shaped hole in their hearts. This second entry in the Serenity comic-book series, which essentially presents new episodes in graphic format, should help mollify them. Whedon’s sensibility works well here, as primary hero/rogue Mal Reynolds and his crew balance snarky asides and verbal sparring with cloaked sentimentality and plenty of western-styled space-opera action. While most of the in-jokes, character quirks, and background references will only resonate with those already in the know, that is a pretty sizable—and hungry—population in its own right. Grades 9-12. --Ian Chipman

About the Author

Adam Hughes was born in 1982 in Lancaster, Ohio. He is a pastor and poet and has worked as a program director for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities since 2007. His first chapbook, Pilgrim Poems, was released in 2010 by Pudding House Press and his poems have appeared widely in print and online in journals such as the New York Quarterly, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Foliate Oak, and West Ward Quarterly. He resides in Lancaster with his wife and daughter.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; illustrated edition edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595821627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595821621
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
A few years ago fans of FIREFLY/SERENITY were given a rather lack luster series called THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND. There isn't a great deal of narrative squeeze space right now in the Serenity universe. The reason is that Joss Whedon and his stars still hope to make another movie. Whether it would be a direct to DVD (which is more likely) or a a theater release is an open question.

There there have been rumors from time to time that Universal, given the impressive and steady sales of both FIREFLY and SERENITY on DVD, was at least interested in considering a DVD film at some point, but so far nothing has materialized. But as long as there is a chance of a continuance of the story of Mal, Zoe, River, Simon, Jayne, and the rest of the crew of Serenity, Joss Whedon is not going to reveal the remaining major secrets about his characters. In commentaries on the film SERENITY, Whedon in particular mentioned Inara's story as the great unexplored mystery. The first film cleared up most of River's untold story, which leaves Inara's. And, of course, Shepherd Book, who will not be part of a future movie because of his death. His backstory will be covered in the next Serenity comic series, focusing exclusively on him and the story that he had been unwilling to tell in either the TV series of the film. It is at least tentatively titled A SHEPHERD'S TALE. But like THOSE LEFT BEHIND and BETTER DAYS, it will be another prequel, this one a prequel to FIREFLY as well. After that, I doubt if we wee much more in the way of Serenity comics, since Whedon clearly doesn't want to pick up at the end of the movie SERENITY.
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Format: Paperback
You know how it feels like when you break up with someone and a few months later you come across this person somewhere? Feels a little awkward? Well one can experience a similar feeling with this book. There was definately an "It's over" moment from fox when this show was abruptly ended and it's wonderful magic never caught on again as much as one would like. The movie couldn't bring what I loved about the show back and the same goes for this somic but for different reasons.
This book is not set after the movie, the setting would be before it, yet not a prelude like the other. This is like an episode which never aired in comic book form. So we know that whatever happens here won't have any repercussions on a grander story in the making. The good thing about this is that you get the good old feeling of the team from the TV series again. Wash is alive and kicking and Book is with them on the ship, so is Inara. It reminds you of how great the show was, but it only lasts 3 issues with nthing telling you that there is hope for more Firefly goodness later.
But, these three issues seen independently of anything else, are fantastic and if you liked the show, then you'll love these. They're written by Joss so every character sounds like they should. What I really love is how it reffers to previous episodes. For example, you'll see how far and wide the Hero of Campton's tale has been spread :) Art wise, it is the same artist as the previous comic and he makes most of the characters look very similar to the show, with the exception of Wash. Wash looks like a regular white guy. But Mal and the rest look perfect.

If you are a fan of nostalgia, then this is definately the book for you.
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Format: Hardcover
Before I start, I must say that I am a Browncoat. Not a "rabid Browncoat", but the regular one that happens to own 3 graphic novels, a collector set of "Serenity", a t-shirt that labels me as "browncoat", and some yet-to-be-framed Red Sun Travel posters...Okay, so maybe I'm a tiny bit rabid, but believe me when I say, I've seen far worse cases.
For this Graphic Novel I'm going all out and giving it a 5 star. Why?: Because it's really good, not as good as "Those Left Behind", but still a really good continuation of what it started. Of course, I'm also a huge hard cover/1st edition junkie, so the fact it's a combo of multiple stories in the Firefly 'verse and in a hard cover version just tickles my fancy. Also, If you're a fan of the actors that stared in the original show, and have an urge to read a take on what they think/thought of what happened (tv/movie) and what is happening (Graphic Novel) these are a way to partake in some of that knowledge. "Better Days and Other Stories" has a letter from Adam Baldwin (aka: Jayne) that talks fondly of yester-year and being the hero of Jaynestown and "not a girl's name".
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Format: Hardcover
If you already have the first Better Days Collection.
This one also has the Wash Out story and two short ones one of which was available to read for free online
Simple repackaged release. Good thing I saw it at a local store before ordering.
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In mourning for the just canceled Joss Whedon series, Dollhouse, I decided to pick up a copy of this graphic novel (well perhaps graphic novella as it isn't that long) extending Whedon's Firefly universe just a little more. This is an easy and fast read, and probably won't take you longer to consume than it would to watch one of the original TV episodes. (If you aren't familiar with Firefly or the movie Serenity, don't bother getting this; Better Days spends almost no time on "what has gone before." You don't need to read any of the other Firefly graphic novels, though.)

Is the story awesomely good? No. Is it enjoyable? Absolutely. If you're a Firefly fan, you'll enjoy the character's witty repartee, the plot twists (okay they aren't TOO twisty, since this happens somewhere in the timeline of Season 1), and the teeny insights into the characters' motivations. If it had been filmed as a TV episode, it probably wouldn't be your (or at least my) favorite episode. But I'm glad I spent the money on Better Days, particularly since it isn't that much money; it'd make a dandy stocking stuffer for any Firefly fan.

If you're looking for a seriously good Firefly wallow, however, I'd recommend you buy Firefly: The Official Companion first. It costs a little more, but reading the original scripts is a real hoot.
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