Firefly fans, hold onto your seatbelts because Joss Whedon and his brother Zack are teaming up with Dark Horse comics to bring us a continuation of the hit series.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind will be written by the Whedons with art by Georges Jeanty, and promises to answer the question of how Mal and the crew have been dealing with the events of the movie.
Leaves on the Wind picks up nine months after Serenity, with the crew finding it hard to return to their lives out on the rim. The events of the movie have made them celebrities of sorts, and the anonymity they once enjoyed has turned to infamy, making it harder for them to lay low. Zack Whedon spoke with ComicBookResources about the upcoming series:
“It has been around nine months since the conclusion of “Serenity.” A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. The discovery that Mal and his crew shared with the ‘verse — that the inhabitants of the planet Miranda were killed or driven mad by an Alliance experiment — has opened some eyes and created some new allies, but it hasn’t deterred any of their pursuers. If anything, it has made them more relentless. Serenity is hiding out in lesser-known corners of the ‘verse, trying to keep a low profile. As you will see early on, that’s easier said than done. Mal and his crew will be forced to face their enemies head on — some familiar, some new…
It is a period of transition in many ways. The life they were leading in the series — taking odd jobs, doing some smuggling here and there — is not one they are able to lead now in the wake of their big throw down with the Alliance. So everything is a bit off balance. I think part of my goal with this series is to get them back to some kind of equilibrium, where you could imagine their lives getting back on track, even if that track is an illegal, itinerant one.”
We’re sure that whatever direction Whedon and his brother take the franchise in will be welcomed by its fans, who have been clamoring for more since the show’s cancellation. Firefly debuted on Fox in 2002 and was cancelled after one season, which is partially blamed on Fox controversially airing the episodes out of order. 2005′s Serenity aimed to tie up the show’s many loose ends, which was well-received by fans and critics.
The first issue of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is set to hit shelves in January 2014.
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