Joss Whedon has a penchant for these sorts of deaths (Joyce, Tara, Phil Coulson for a moment), but Wash earns special points for the extra knife-twist right before his demise. “I am a leaf on the wind,” he tells us, having successfully landed the ship in the middle of an all-out firefight in space. “Watch how I–”
The next iteration of Mal Reynolds and the crew of his Firefly class vessel is on newsstands now, with Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: Leaves on the Wind. Everyone is back, except of course for Wash, killed during the events chronicled in the movie Serenity. River has taken his place as pilot, Simon and Kaylee are finally a pair, as are Mal and Inara, while Jayne Cobb, hat and all, is gone, currently back home with his Ma.
Will some die-hard fans think these stories are not “enough”? Fans of Firefly will always want more. Yet Leaves on the Wind has a lot of heart, and will fill the void for many.
As with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, usually the characters look like their actor counterparts, but sometimes knowing whether you’re seeing River or Inara takes context from the dialogue. The panels with ship detail are particularly well drawn. With pencils by Georges Jeanty, inks by Karl Story, and colors by Laura Martin, Leaves on the Wind, Issue #1 is a good-looking start to the new mini-series—only six issues are expected. If you haven’t seen the prior comic book mini-series that followed up on the TV series and movie, check them out .
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