Zack Whedon gave some details about where the crew of Serenity will be when the sequel comic series, Leaves in the Wind, is released by Dark Horse Comics next month. The Alliance is still after them, but now Jayne is missing and Zoe is pregnant with a baby Wash! In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Zack also said:
It has been around nine months since the conclusion of “Serenity.” A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. The discovery that Mal and his crew shared with the ‘verse — that the inhabitants of the planet Miranda were killed or driven mad by an Alliance experiment — has opened some eyes and created some new allies, but it hasn’t deterred any of their pursuers. If anything, it has made them more relentless. Serenity is hiding out in lesser-known corners of the ‘verse, trying to keep a low profile. As you will see early on, that’s easier said than done. Mal and his crew will be forced to face their enemies head on — some familiar, some new.
Nine months means Zoe is about to have the baby. That could complicate matters ever so slightly for the crew. I’m thinkin’ they’ll all have to learn to behave or they’ll be corruptin’ that little one before he can walk.
On that note, the tone of the comic series might be a little different than what we’re used to given the circumstances. CBR notes:
This comic is shaping up to be, in many ways, a departure from the sometimes light-hearted series.
How do all of you die-hard Browncoats feel about this?
Now you’ll be able to take Captain Tightpants with you no matter where you roam. This 8″ doll is just the right size to fit in your purse or sit perched on your desk to make your whole day shiny. It’s just Mal for now, but the rest of the plush crew is soon to follow. Preorder now for delivery in January.
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Dark Horse kicked off New York Comic Con visit with exciting news about its new Firefly series. We’ve already heard artist Georges Jeanty would be involved, but now we also have confirmation Zack Whedon will be writing the series. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind will be a six issue mini series with the potential to keep going. The first issue hits comic book shop shelves on January 29th.
How awesome is it that a Whedon is involved? Zack stated he and Joss had a broader conversation before he dived in to discuss stories they were thinking about doing if Firefly had kept moving forward as a series. Zack is making the story his own though. And since the crew has been through a lot in Serenity, they have some more serious times ahead. Whedon told Nerdist:
“Hijinks do not ensue much in this series,” Whedon explains. “They’re too ‘almost dying’ for that.” In the wake of events of the Serenity film, “they are on the defensive a bit, they’ve been painted one way by the media and the Alliance is trying to stamp them out harder than ever,” he said. For those of you hoping for some lighter-hearted adventuring, Whedon remains optimistic. “Hopefully when this adventure is done, they’ll be able to hijinks it up a bit more.”
Hijinks or not, I can’t wait to pick up this series.
They’ve been teasing a new Firefly series since this summer and now Dark Horse Comics has given us a little more with the announcement that its Serenity series will be illustrated by Georges Jeanty and pick up where the 2005 film left off. Jeanty previously worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as a Firefly fan is excited to work in another branch of the Whedonverse. He notes in talking with Comic Book Resources that there are some differences in the worlds that will change the tone of his artwork:
“‘Firefly’ is a lot darker than ‘Buffy,’” Jeanty said. “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!”
Looks like Jeanty is anticipating the challenge of meeting the exacting expectations of Firefly fans, but sound like he’s ready for the job! Speaking of expectations, the continuing story is described thusly:
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.
See two pages from the comics after the break…
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Like the song says, “You can’t take the sky from me,” as evidenced by this cloud formation that looks strikingly like the Serenity. The photo was snapped by Browncoat jacki4kneeyay who then tweeted it to Captain Tightpants himself, Nathan Fillion. He then retweeted the image so we could all enjoy a fluffy version of the shiniest ship in the ‘Verse.
(twitter via Geeks of Doom)
I’m thinkin’ I can write this post like I’m a Browncoat seeing as that’s exactly what I’ll be when this here game comes out next year. Firefly Online is being billed as a “multi-user social role playing game for mobile devices so you can take the ‘Verse just about anywhere you please”. It’s being developed by the good folks at Spark Plug Games and they’ve even got a teaser video playing at their booth, #3249, at SDCC if you find yourself in need of some entertaining while wanderin’ about the convention.
See the game trailer after the break…
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No, your eyes are not deceiving you. You are seeing the Serenity instead of a car on this Garmin GPS image tweeted by Nathan Fillion. The picture was sent to him by Browncoat Greg H. and you can have it, too. All you need to do is download the image and then add it to your Garmin’s vehicles folder and you’ll be driving through the ‘verse. As far as finding a way to avoid the Reavers and outsmart the Alliance, you’re on your own.
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As part of the marketing campaign leading up to the premiere of season three, you can make personalized Game of Thrones house sigils at JoinTheRealm. While most people have made one that represents themselves, redditor CerebralBypass decided to design some for the Firefly universe. He did a great job, not just with the images, but with the slogans he chose to include for each family.
See more pictures after the break…
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You need to get rid of that silly tree shaped air freshener that smells like pine needles and replace it with this Firefly air freshener. The thing is, it doesn’t say how this actually smells, which raises a few questions. Does it smell like the ship’s hold? Does it smell all fancy like Inara? Does it smell like Jayne, which would probably be gun oil? Someone, preorder this now and tell me what the heck it smells like when it arrives in April.
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You can’t stop the signal, and you can’t stop me from watching Firefly over and over again. Serenity goes in the mix too. Popping in discs and listening to Captain Reynolds and his ragtag, wonderful crew is my security blanket. It’s one of the few series or movies that makes a hard day instantly more bearable. The lines and dialogue in this series are crazy impressive; it doesn’t feel like any words are wasted and it’s filled with memorable quotes.
Check out ten of my favorites after the break – words from each crew member plus a bonus.
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