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Any chance to hop back on Serenity is welcome, and yet...
on October 20, 2011
I love Firefly. I love Serenity. It was my gateway into the wonderful mind of Joss Whedon, and after back tracking into Buffy and Angel, I have never looked back. That's why I think I was so disappointed in this book. There's nothing bad about it, it's just very...slight. As others have noted, the collected four issues comprise the story of what could have been a single one-hour episode of Firefly. And I think it probably would have been a really good episode. That being said, as a stand-alone adventure it feels pretty tame, and there are some story/logic/action gaps due to the nature of the art in the book (which is overall fine) that would have been far clearer were this an actual episode. This gives the book the feeling of being a shorthand version of a story Joss would rather tell onscreen, and several incidental characters are ill-drawn and their purpose in the story ill-defined.
The book itself is also an odd size, very small and thin, making the $10 price seem even more egregious than the 15 minutes it took to read the thing.
Still, a look into what could have been had Fox not blown it with the series. For hardcore browncoats only.