ADVANCE Review: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6
What looks to be the final Serenity comic for a while ends with a very good issue and for some reason teases a future?
Zack Whedon ties up almost all the storylines he started six months ago. It’s a commendable feat given how many he started and this series only being six issues long. #6 focuses on Mal and his crew getting Zoe back and how the ship is going to function in the theoretical future. It’s filled with scenes of the group standing around and talking, which tickled my nostalgia bone. Scenes of letting the characters play off of each other were some of my favorite on Firefly. The quick action sequence was a nice break up and kept the pacing from slowing down too much. One of the weaker points in this series, the newer characters, has finally been ironed out. I felt like the new characters finally mesh amongst the ship’s original inhabitants well and wouldn’t mind seeing more of them if the Whedon camp decides to make more comics about Firefly/Serenity. Zack Whedon writes the characters as if we won’t be seeing them for a while with every character getting a dramatic and funny moment to hold fans over.
The ending leaves me a bit confused. I understand that the Whedon writers don’t want to revisit this world for a while, but then why leave the cliffhanger? They could have created another conflict like they did with this series, which worked really well. This is the best Serenity comic I’ve read and wouldn’t mind them using the same story structure again. Yeah, I’m going to want an ongoing series, but I’ll take what I can get at this point. There was a sense of closure though and that’s rare in the comic industry these days (sans creator owned work). Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is a fun issue that shows the franchise still has a ton of life left in it and why it has such a staying power in pop culture.
Georges Jeanty fairs better this time around than previous issues in the series. Frequent visitors to the site know that I have a love/hate relationship with his artwork, but I really liked it here. Sure, some of the characters don’t look like their actor counterparts, but I could tell who the character was. This was something I was having difficulties with when the series launched. The focus on talking heads and works to his strong points, with characters having a life-like quality that appears when Jeanty is really on his game. Even when the action scene comes in, Jeanty keeps a great amount of detail in the characters. The panel cuts of one scene were a nice touch and gave the entire comic a flow that mirrored the TV show well. The use of shots from the TV show is a great touch that I have noticed sparingly in this series, but quite a bit in #6
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #6 gets 4/5
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