Serenity Firefly Class 03-K64 - Chris Roberson (Hardcover)

No Power in the 'Verse

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Product Details

Barcode
9781506701820
Department
Books
Released
8 Aug 2017
Supply Source
USA

Book

Authors
Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon (Creator)
Chris Roberson
Chris Robertson
Stephen Byrne (Illustrator)
Georges Jeanty (Illustrator)
Karl Story (Illustrator)
Dan Dos Santos (Illustrator)
Subtitle
No Power in the 'verse
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Dark Horse Comics
Series
Serenity
Language
English
Number of Pages
152
Dimensions
259 x 168mm

Annotation

Traveling to the Outer Rim in search of a missing friend, the crew of the Serenity is forced to strike up an uneasy parternship when they discover a mounting army preparing for battle with the Browncoats.

Summary

Tough times haven't ended for Mal Reynolds and his crew aboard the Serenity. When a call for help to find a missing friend takes them to an Alliance post on the Outer Rim, they encounter a new force building strength to fight the battle of the Browncoats--soon leading the crewmembers to question their individual values . . . Discovering that their friend is in Alliance custody and that an Alliance Operative is on the way, Mal concentrates his energy on the problem at hand and strikes an uneasy partnership for a daring rescue. But this is only the beginning of the story. Success will be when the Serenity's crew makes it off this planet alive and all accounted for . . .


Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season 8, Season 9, Serenity) returns to the 'verse!

iZombie creator Chris Roberson writes the continuing adventures of Mal and the crew.

Follows the film Serenity, and the comics series Serenity: Leaves on the Wind.

Executive Producer Joss Whedon!

Collects: Serenity No Power in the 'Verse #1-6, and Free Comic Book Day 2016 "Serenity: The Warrior and the Wind"

Picture Fiction

General Subject
Graphic Novels
BISAC Subject 1
Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
BISAC Subject 2
Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction
Dewey Classification
741

Customer Reviews

We'll take it, in whatever form it comes. NO SPOILERS I PROMISE

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No Power In The Verse collects the 6-part series into one hardcover book, and picks up the story first begun in Leaves on the Wind, the only canon continuation of the tragically shortlived Firefly TV series.

It's a cracking tale, and has some genuine gutpunch moments worthy of its onscreen predecessor. I'm glad I bought it, and it bears re-reading quite well.

Having said that, there is still some slight jankiness that hasn't been shaken out of the transition to comics. Beats that work on screen don't work the same way on the page, and you occasionally find yourself going, oh, I see how that would have worked in the show.

The second issue is that, in order to root itself in the FIrefly universe, it picks on threads from the TV show, exploiting well-known details and phrases that you've already seen in a thousand image macros on /firefly. I understand why it does this, but I worry that the corpse of the show is getting picked clean, and unless the comic books begin to reference their own, newly introduced stories, this will all become an exercise in necrophilia, rather than the joyous celebration it still can be.

And to be fair, it mostly is just such a celebration. The plot is, in fact, rooted in events that took place in Leaves rather than the show, and the most blantant of the fanboy pandering happens up front, in the first chapter, and eases off somewhat in later chapters. Real, deep, and frankly painful character development does indeed take place.

It's refreshing to see the characters you fell in love with continue to grow in complexity. River's relationship with Zoƫ in particular comes under focus (and pressure) in this tale, and it's also somewhat endearing to watch Jayne, who had so thoroughly damaged his relationship with the entire crew in Leaves (and to be fair, in the TV episode Ariel), make attempts to right things in the only ways he knows how: with no genuine understanding of the problem.

All in all, it's lovely to spend time with the crew of Serenity. Whatever clunkiness in execution the story may have is vastly outweighed by how satisfying it is. Most of us have accepted that this ensemble is never coming back to the screen, but we'll take more Firefly in whatever form it comes. And in this form, it's beautiful.