Joss Whedon's Firefly will always be considered one of the most beloved cult series of all time. While fans may never see another season of the show, Whedon gave them a some form of closure when he made Serenity in 2005. Serenity took place after the events of the last episode of the short-lived series; it wasn't a huge financial success, but that hasn't stopped die-hard fans of Firefly from wanting to see more of the space western series. Thanks to Dark Horse, the comic book publisher that created characters such as Hellboy, fans now have the opportunity to revisit the Serenity crew.
When another cult series, Veronica Mars, successfully funded a new film through Kickstarter, it gave Firefly fans hope that the same thing could happen for their show. Sadly it has been months and still no word on any form of project involving Firefly - until now. At the 2013 New York Comic Con, all of the major and independent comic book publishers were in attendance promoting their current line of titles, as well as making a few announcements about what's to come. Dark Horse Comics announced that they are releasing a sequel to Serenity in the form of a comic book miniseries produced by Joss Whedon.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind will be a six issue miniseries with the potential to be turned into an ongoing series. The sequel comic will be written by Zack Whedon and will pick up where the series and film left off. The official press release sheds light on the current status of the Serenity crew, but doesn't offer much information on where Leaves on the Wind will take them.
Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ’verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government—the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever, and everyone’s asking the same question . . .
This wont be the first time that a Whedonverse property has been turned into a comic series. Whedon's first successful series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer may have ended after seven seasons, but the stories continue through an ongoing series also published by Dark Horse. Zack Whedon has also been working for Dark Horse for the last few years and has written stories based on other works by Joss, including Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. He has also successfully adapted Serenity before with his graphic novel, The Shepard's Tale.
I recently watched Firefly and Serenity for the first time and really enjoyed Whedon's pre-Avengers work. Now that Whedon has shifted his focus over to his Marvel franchise, it is good to know that he will still be producing the series and leaving the writing to his very capable brother Zack. No true fan would say no to more adventures of Mal and the Serenity crew, so hopefully Zack Whedon's miniseries will be a success and turn into an ongoing series. While we may never have the opportunity to see Nathan Fillion play Mal Reynolds on television or film again, it is good to know that his character will live on through another medium.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 0f 6 will hit the comic book store shelves on January 29, 2014