So Browncoats, I know I’m a little late to the Verse’s party for the Serenity graphic novels, but in true Cap’n Tightpants fashion, the Firefly fandom just keeps on flying.
Better Days is volume 2 of the series and is introduced by no other than the Hero of Canton himself, Adam Baldwin (Jayne) and he gives us just the smallest glimpse of what it meant to be part of the Firefly whirlwind.
The stories in the graphic novels pick up the crew of the Serenity somewhere between the end of the TV series and before events of the movie Serenity… like a leaf on the wind. Still too soon? Of course, always too soon.
There’s always a job or a heist and some cold hard credits to be earned and Better Days is no different. I don’t want to get too hung up on the details of the plot, it’s classic Firefly, no more, no less.
What is captivating, almost heart-warming, about this is how Joss’ writing brings back the magic of the characters we loved so much. Each and every one of them. They’re all there, right there on the page and brought back to life with so much gorram shiny magic. Even the cussin’ in Chinese which is just jing chai.
The art-work is beautiful and simple. We are even treated to a few full-page colour sketches (below). The character drawings are consistent (a small irritation of mine that I’ve come across in other graphic novel series) and the layout of frames flows uncluttered throughout the book.
The only thing I’m disappointed in is how long it took me to discover this series and I urge you fellow Browncoats and those beyond The Verse, if you are yet to discover the Serenity graphic novel series, do it, do it now.
Stay shiny and keep flying.
Title: Serenity Better Days
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
GS Rating: 4/5
GS Reviewer: Jackie Coysh