Firefly fans are a die-hard bunch, even by normal sci-fi fan standards. Perhaps it’s because they have so little material representing their beloved franchise, especially when compared to the giants such as Star Wars and Star Trek. With only 14 episodes and a movie, all that passion gets filtered down to laser intensity, and their Browncoats’ love for Joss Whedon’s “space Western” and the crew of the Serenity has, if anything, only grown in the decade since the Fox series was canceled. It’s anyone’s guess if we’ll ever get more Firefly on the big or small screen, but the story of Malcolm Reynolds and company is finally continuing in the form of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind from Dark Horse comics, which just released its second issue today.
The series picks up after the Serenity movie, is officially in canon, and is being written by Joss’ brother, Zack Whedon (who has previously written for Fringe and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and who is a writer and co-producer on AMC’s upcoming ‘80s computer industry series Halt and Catch Fire). The first issue was quite good, revealing that the Serenity crew’s heroic actions in the movie haven’t exactly solved every problem in the ‘verse, and if anything have made their lives that much more difficult. The series is a must-read if you’re a Firefly fan, even if you’re not normally a comic reader. If you don’t want to find your local comic shop, you can snag a digital copy via Dark Horse’s online store.