The new year brings more “Serenity”


When the Buffy the Vampire

Season 8 comic

turned out to be so true to the television series — and so

much fun — many

Joss Whedon

fans dared to hope that more of his canceled shows would continue in

graphic form. Angel fans got their wish in November (with mixed reviews) and now comes confirmation that a new Serenity comic will

be published in March 2008.

Serenity: Better Days

is a three-issue series set between the end of Firefly and the

2005 Serenity

feature film —

the same setting as Serenity: Those Left Behind, which was published

in 2005.

The hardcover version of the first series was released in

November as a collectors’ edition, with a new cover by Adam Hughes.

The oversized collection includes pinups from a variety of guest artists

and behind-the-scenes original material developed especially for this

edition. So, take note if you have a Firefly fan on your gift

list. (If you are the Firefly fan on your list, feel free

to print out this post, highlight this paragraph and send it to Santa.)

Better Days

takes a look at the early years of the Firefly crew and how the

gang deals with newfound wealth after they pull off their first successful

heist. The creative team from Those Left Behind returns, with

Brett Matthews
as Whedon’s co-writer, Will Conrad as artist

and Hughes as cover artist.

In an interview with Publishers Weekly, Whedon

explains why the graphic version of Firefly/Serenity is more

of a challenge than Buffy.

“It’s easy with Buffy

in a way because it’s a pop idea, it could have been a comic book before

it was a movie. Serenity doesn’t really lend itself to that in

the same way. You can tell fun, compelling stories about it, but you

have sort of an ensemble drama that you’re making into a comic book,

so you have to find stories that are gonna move in a different rhythm

than Buffy stories.”

Whedon also said he is very

possessive of Serenity.

“If something’s going

to be said about Serenity, it’s going to be said by me. It’s

too close to me still. It’s the child that never got to grow up and

go to college.”

That’s good news for fans,

because it means that even though we might have to wait awhile in between

stories, the ones we do get will be Whedon’s. And that’s

always worth waiting for.

Is a new Serenity comic

series good news for you? What other Whedon stories would you like to

see in graphic form?

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