Saturday, March 22, 2008

Serenity: Better Days #1 (of 3)

Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews & Will Conrad
Joss Whedon, creator of the Firefly television series and subsequent film Serenity, dreams of better days along with the crew who worked with him on the last Serenity mini-series to hit the comic stands, Those Left Behind, co-writer Brett Matthews and penciller Will Conrad. The science fiction story follows the crew of rebellious Browncoats aboard a firefly-class vessel who pillage and plunder to earn their way across the universe on new adventures, gladly getting in the way of the Alliance along the way. A few characters from the crew died during the Whedon-helmed Serenity film, and as the title promises, this book goes back in time to when those characters are still alive and kicking, and the team is all together, happy and ignorant of events to come.
I really enjoyed the first issue of this mini-series. It's off to a much better start than the semi-boring Serenity: Those Left Behind from a few years back. It's nice to be among this cast of characters again, with their witty banter resounding in my head in exactly the same fashion as it would have on Firefly. And Matthews' pencils of the characters are close enough to be recognizable, but not too stiff or obviously photo-referenced, with a few exceptions, to be a hindrance to their incarnation in comic form. It would have been fun to see these characters in action again even if this had been an awful comic. But bonus for fans: it's off to quite the decent start.

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