While the pop culture landscape may spend most of the day obsessing over AMC’s The Walking Dead or J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, for a certain segment of fandom, one of the most exciting announcements of the year doesn’t involve the big or small screens, but rather the comics page. After weeks of rumors, last month Dark Horse finally officially announced Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, a new comic series that will continue the story of Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity when it launches next year. Now writer Zack Whedon and artist Georges Jeanty have revealed a few new details about the series, including the addition of a new crewmember.
We had already learned that Leaves on the Wind will indeed continue the storyline after the tragic ending of the 2005 movie, and that it will pick up some nine months after those events. Those nine months are an important detail, because the series opens up with Zoe about to give birth to Wash’s unborn child. Writer Zack Whedon (yes, he’s Joss’ little brother) tells MTV:
The difficulties of childbirth sort of forced them to step out into the world a little bit when they’ve been trying to hide out and fly under the radar and not be seen or heard from, but because of Zoe and her pregnancy they’re forced to abandon that idea.