After Serenity – Dark Horse Releases New Firefly Comics

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After comments earlier this year from both Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion suggested that the long-ago-cancelled Firefly TV series was unlikely to ever be making a return, fans of the show will be relieved to hear that they can now find out what happened to Serenity and her crew via a new series of comics released by Dark Horse.

shipDark Horse has already been producing Serenity comics since 2005, with Whedon’s and Brett Matthews‘ Those Left Behind (created as a bridge between the end of the TV series and the beginning of the Serenity movie) ranking amongst its most popular publications. For many, then, the news will hardly come as a surprise, though it may be difficult for devout Browncoats to imagine events continuing on the ship without two of its key characters, Wash and Book. Comic Book Resources provides this summary of what we can expect from the new comics:

As the series begins, Mal and the crew are recouping from their recent strike against the sinister interplanetary government, The Alliance, in which they exposed government agencies as those responsible for the creation of the Reavers — the scourge of the universe. With River Tam in the co-pilot chair and a very pregnant Zoe reeling from the death of her husband, Wash, Mal is finding himself and his ship in greater danger than ever.

So far, the company has yet to reveal who will be writing the series, though we do know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8-9 artist Georges Jeanty, a big fan of the original show, will be illustrating. Jeanty described his experience of moving on to these comics after his work on Buffy:

“‘Firefly’ is a lot darker than ‘Buffy,’ There are way more shadows and shading than with ‘Buffy.’ Also, when I was drawing ‘Buffy,’ I could start from scratch. Sure, I had to keep in line with how the characters looked, but everything [else] was up for grabs. Sunnydale was destroyed, so I didn’t have to keep in line with the architecture. With ‘Firefly’ there are seven characters and a ship to consider. When they’re on Serenity — fans know what every inch of that ship looks like, so I have to be very meticulous with my depiction. Not to mention there are a few very subtle differences in the ship from TV to the movie. This is definitely a learning experience, one I don’t think I’ll fully master until the series is over!”

He also went on to talk about some of his influences for the drawings:

“I’m looking at a lot of other sci-fi stuff. Artist Mobius is a big inspiration, along with Geof Darrow. Walt Simonson on ‘Alien’ is a good thing to keep handy. Also, movies like ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Outland,’ ‘Alien’ — anything with a rustic futuristic feel. I have a very small window to master these characters, and I’ll probably be finished with the series before I get there!”

Check out Comic Book Resources to see more of Jeanty’s completed artwork.

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 Sources: The Mary Sue | Comic Book Resources

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