Writer: Joss Whedon & Brett Matthews
Artists: Will Conrad, Laura Martin(c)
Publisher: Dark Horse
In short Serenity is a shiny episode of Firefly in comic book form where the media shift changes none of Joss Whedon's ear for dialogue and multilevel plotting.
Serenity opens with Book, the mysterious preacher man, staging a sermon while Mal and his group of happy-go-lucky larcenists stage a daring robbery. If you have seen a single episode of Firefly you know nothing ever is easy for the crew of Serenity.
The problems create the opportunity for fun snafus and characteristic dialogue that plays with words in a way similar to how a kitten plays with a ball of yarn. Continuity is observed throughout the book, but even new readers should feel welcomed aboard Mal's boat.
Will Conrad provided excellent likeness of the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and on occasion Angel for Dark Horse's spin-off titles. Here, he exceeds expectations. Very often his two dimensionals resemble the actors and actresses of the series, and as he did with previous series, Conrad does not keep these characters static like photographs. He keeps them in motion to make an action packed visual story. Conrad's artwork is further enhanced by the natural colors nuanced in the dusky and dusty palettes of Laura Martin.
Serenity is a nice bookmark between the series and the impending movie. However, you need not have caught a glimpse of Firefly Serenity's designation to enjoy this rollicking sci-fi western.
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