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Serenity, Vol. 2: Better Days Paperback – October 7, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.
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".
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.
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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Packaged beautifully, my boyfriend loved it. He's a very big fan of Firefly.Published 2 months ago by victoria brace
But this graphic novel isn't as good. It is essential though, to fill in the gaps in the story. And it is all we've go. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Partridge
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Serenity: Better Days follows everyone's favorite space cowboys in a thrilling, action-packed adventure, where Mal and his... Read more
The art almost feels a little like they're taking pictures and putting filters over them to make them seem like comic book art at times, but I dug through this book in record time.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer