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You’re Getting Post-Serenity Firefly Stories Thanks To Dark Horse

Instead of waiting for that Serenity sequel film that’s probably never going to happen, why not continue the story of the Firefly crew in comic book form?

Comic Book Resources had the exclusive news – Dark Horse Comics will be producing a comic book series that takes place after 2005′s Serenity. They have yet to reveal the writer, but Buffy the Vampire Season 8/9 artist Georges Jeanty will take on those duties for the Firefly crew.

“‘Firefly’ is a lot darker than ‘Buffy,’ There are way more shadows and shading than with ‘Buffy.’ Also, when I was drawing ‘Buffy,’ I could start from scratch. Sure, I had to keep in line with how the characters looked, but everything [else] was up for grabs. Sunnydale was destroyed, so I didn’t have to keep in line with the architecture,” Jeanty told CBR. “With ‘Firefly’ there are seven characters and a ship to consider. When they’re on Serenity — fans know what every inch of that ship looks like, so I have to be very meticulous with my depiction. Not to mention there are a few very subtle differences in the ship from TV to the movie. This is definitely a learning experience, one I don’t think I’ll fully master until the series is over!”

What exactly can we expect from the continuing story? CBR writes:

As the series begins, Mal and the crew are recouping from their recent strike against the sinister interplanetary government, The Alliance, in which they exposed government agencies as those responsible for the creation of the Reavers — the scourge of the universe. With River Tam in the co-pilot chair and a very pregnant Zoe reeling from the death of her husband, Wash, Mal is finding himself and his ship in greater danger than ever.

I’m excited for this. While part of me doesn’t even want to imagine the crew without Wash and Book, I have been wanting more Firefly, and I’ve really enjoyed Dark Horse’s continuation of Buffy so I’m hopefult his will be just as good. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Joss Whedon himself didn’t at least start the series off. Though I will miss Jeanty’s work on Buffy if he’s completely switching over.

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  • Adrian

    From an old interview with Joss:

    “Could Serenity take place in the same universe as Buffy but the monsters were taken care of long ago? I think you could make an argument for it, but I wouldn’t. The only thing we ever thought of doing is having a drunken and very miserable Spike at a bar just sitting there going, ‘Nothing changes. Trust me, nothing changes.’ That would’ve been in our decadent era. That would have been like season six. But no, I have to think about them as totally separate because they have different sensibilities and they have different sets of rules. It’s very important that Serenity be grounded. I had to go into outer space to come back down to earth but Buffy was a fantasy, a metaphor for rites of passage of our lives and Serenity is something else.” (dead link)

    So even though he ultimately passes on the idea, I kinda hope Dark Horse sneaks that in there.

  • Janelle S

    I paused at the mention of “a very pregnant Zoe”, and I’m trying to sort out why. Is she pregnant because we all want mini-Wash to ease the ache of his loss? Whose ache: ours or Zoe’s? Do the writers (the audience?) want Zoe pregnant so she “has someone” as so many narratives demand some sort of pairing for main characters? If Zoe had been the one to die, would Wash have “adopted” an orphan in these subsequent adventures?

    I’m thinking too hard about this.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be over here…still wishing that Carnivalé will get a comic book.

    Firefly (ended/died) for me with the ending of Serenity.

  • Aeryl

    It’s established during Heart of Gold that they are trying, and the idea that Zoe was pregnant at the time of Wash’s death is pretty much accepted canon by the stars and writers themselves, during all those convention talks. To undo 8 years of accepted canon would be a pretty big and bad thing to do.

  • Nicholas Santasier

    Zoe being pregnant was introduced in the Wash one shot 3 years ago by Patton Oswalt.

  • Janelle S

    But that doesn’t resolve it for me. The fact that it’s canon is neither here nor there as not all pregnancies make it out of the first trimester.

  • Mike Chen

    I’d like a Deadwood one too. Or a novel or a David Milch brain dump in PDF form.

  • AnnaB

    I’ll take anything! I have a real bad need for more on the Firely ‘verse that Serenity only made worst.

  • Anonymous

    I guess this one did?

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes, I almost get the sense that Joss might be a teeny bit resentful of Firefly. Like I remember people being annoyed at his last interview where it was mentioned because he kinda seemed flippant and blunt about “Yeah it’s not coming back” when they brought up the trend of reviving series, and it just sort of left that impression on me. Like I’m sure he’s still immensely proud of it but I know artists tend to get pissed when they’re still making works and people continue to obsess over a past project they did a long time ago.

  • Laura Truxillo

    TBH, even I was getting tired of people crusading to bring it back. Four/five years ago, hey, it was great. After ten years, it seemed pretty obvious to me that you’d never be able to get the chemistry exactly right again, that many of the core cast had moved on and found new things, become new people, etc. It was great while it lasted, and I’m glad for the comics, but I can totally understand Whedon wanting people to stop obsessing over the idea of the television show itself rising out of the ashes a decade later, instead of looking to new avenues and projects.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Man, I’ve been waiting for something like this since before Serenity. I think there was even a little webcomic series for a while in the vein of “Star Wars Tales.” I’d much rather pre-Serenity stories than post-whatever-happened-after-the-movie-mysteriously-stopped-halfway-through stories, but it’s such a great concept of a universe that it’ll be exciting to see it revisited with even fewer restrictions.

    Maybe they can get Samnee to do some more artwork for it.

  • Angela Korra’ti (Highland)

    Yes please, I’ll have some! (Wow, between Dark Horse giving us new Elfquest AND now this, clearly this is the year they’re angling to get All of My Moneys. ;) )

  • Aeryl

    To address your “pairing” concerns, from everything I’ve read, raising this child will definitely be a group effort. The actors crack jokes about Mal and tea parties, Zoe and Jayne arguing over who’s going to teach the kid gun.

    So, I don’t see this as the writers trying to force something into the story, but as an actual organic growth to where the series always intended to go(Kaylee and Simon were going to have kids too, and if Inara survived her terminal illness, there were to be some arguments between her and Mal about it too).

    The story was always about family, and these characters having their own families was always going to be a part of it.

  • Erin Treat

    My feeling is the series could only go downhill. It has a great end and the characters live on in our hearts. This just gives writers a chance to screw them up. Most shows/comics go on too long. Buffy had three perfect seasons and one really fun one, but then it just dropped precipitously in quality to that point that I don’t acknowledge the last two seasons and the comic series existence. And season 5 was pretty bad too.

    So this could be good, but it also could be very bad too. After what happened earlier this year with Skins Fire I’m very gun-shy.

  • Lindsey Stock

    I’m conflicted. On one hand, I enjoyed the previous comics, on the other, if I start reading this new one I’m going to have to acknowledge the movie as canon.

  • TKS

    To me, Firefly happens in the same universe as Dr. Horrible.

  • SCP3

    Argh. I can’t afford another comic; I’m already buying too many as it is.

  • Raiden

    Comics will always have advantages over all other forms of visual media.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    I know it’s sad, but why wouldn’t you acknowledge the movie as canon?

  • Carmen Sandiego

    One of the big subplots of “Heart of Gold” in “Firefly” was Zoe and Wash wanting a child but Wash pointing out that their life wasn’t exactly the safest place to raise a baby.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    I know that feel.

  • Carmen Sandiego

    “Firefly” and “Serenity” are, without a doubt, Joss’ favorite projects. When “Firefly” was cancelled it broke his heart. I think he appears flippant because it’s a sensitive issue with him. He wanted to go on for five seasons, or ten. So many stories to tell.

  • Aeryl

    And that Zoe didn’t care. That she “wasn’t so afraid to lose a thing” that she wasn’t even going to try.

  • Anonymous

    It’d be difficult to revive, imho… at this point, the fandom has built up so much more momentum for the show than it ever had while running. Firefly wasn’t the best series ever made, it was a good fourteen-episode-season with a lot of potential that got cancelled before its time. The movie and comics round it out pretty well. But for a whole TV series, it would be near impossible to overcome the nostalgia factor (aka the FFVII dilemma).

  • Anonymous

    I agree. While I think that if the series had continued at the time it had the impetus and the material to continue brilliantly for a good while (then again, who knows?), I’ve only ever been in the ‘bring’ back Firefly’ camp so long as I secretly admit it wont actually happen :)

    I got into Firefly post-movie (actually BECAUSE of the movie) so that was always part of the continuity for me, and I think its perfect, sad or not. The only advantage of something being ended so much before its time is that you get something that never got a chance to be disappointing. I agree about Skins: Fire (and Rise and Pure), and I’ve seen the same pattern many times: there’s an attempt to recapture the magic of something years after the fact (the second X-Files movie, the Quandary and Quintessential Phases of Hitchhiker’s Guide done by Radio 4, ‘official’ sequels’ to classic books etc). They’re often fine pieces of writing/TV/film in themselves but serve only to detract from the original material somehow… some things are better left alone.

    I’ve read some of the Firefly Verse comics and haven’t been much bothered about them. I wish more Firefly had been made at the time, but that’s not the same as more being made now sadly :/

    I don’t remotely begrudge this new material to those who enjoy it, but it’s not for me.

  • Brittany K

    I love Jeanty, and I’m glad he’s doing this. Hopefully he won’t completely leave Buffy though.