The first comic set between the TV-series Firefly and the movie Serenity.

Written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews
Art: Will Conrad
Page count: 104
Publication date: 2006
Publisher: Dark Horse
Collects the original three-part miniseries Serenity: Those Left Behinds

This reads like an episode of Firefly: a heist gone wrong, crew bickering, Simon being oblivious to Kaylee’s advances, a desperate try for more money, familiar villains return… The art is fantastic: the characters look like the actors and it looks like the art was painted in rich colors. The dialog is also spot on.

The story starts with a bank robbery gone wrong. Mal, Jayne and Zoe are in the vault having a standoff with another gang, lead by a man called Tott, while the Shepard is giving a sermon to the people of the town. Tott and his people fire on the Serenity crew but manage to escape with the money. The townspeople think that Mal and his gang have their money and chase them. So Book has to steal a car and rescue the trio.

Meanwhile, the former Agent Dobson receives two visitors: the men with the blue hands. All are anxious to get their hands on the Serenity and so they decide to work together.

Inara plans to leave Serenity. Without the money from the job, Mal is hard-pressed to get enough fuel for the spaceship. When Badger appears with a lucrative offer, Mal just can’t refuse it – even if it means robbing a graveyard. The conflict between Book and Mal escalates.

Yup, just like an episode of the show. Except that it’s too short. ;). On the one hand, I liked it a lot. But on the other, I expected to get… more. More explanations about the guys with the blue hands, for one thing. Who were they? Where did they come from? Apparently, we’ll never know. And for recurring, mysterious characters that’s disappointing.

The comic is fine as a continuation as long as we get lots of them, a whole continuing storyline. Otherwise, it’s a bit… fluffy.

It has pin-ups of every character and I liked them a lot.

The characters and the world are not introduced at all, so you should definitely watch the TV show Firefly before reading the comic.