Posted August 13, 2012 by Jon Burrows in Books & Comics

Review: Serenity: Those Left Behind 2nd Edition HC

Serenity: Those Left Behind 2nd Edition HC review


Serenity: Those Left Behind originated as a three issue mini-series back in 2005. The story, written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, bridges the span of time between the end of the Firefly series and the Serenity film. It represented so much more than that to the fans however. Finally, we were able to get more Firefly.  Though television producers and film executives are deaf to the cries of fans begging for more Firefly, Dark Horse started getting the fans what they were asking for. Specifically, this 2nd edition hardcover contains some special extras in the form of ever variant cover, concept art by Leinil Yu, firefly universe history by Joss Whedon,

(spoilers below)

Those Left Behind is a palatable story. Three issues is a very short amount of time to make a lot of things happen. Matthews does the most he can in this limited time span. Our villain is the surviving ringer agent from the Firefly pilot. We get more background on the agents with hands of blue (and see first hand what River is really scared is coming.) The best part of the run was the ease of the character relationships. Whether fleeing bandits or the feds, the crew functions it’s best when working together even while it’s coming apart. By covering the span of time between Firefly and Serenity, we get to see first hand the degradation of the relationships between Captain Reynolds’ love interest and moral role model.  Inara and Shepard Book leave the crew. We know it happens but that doesn’t make it any less painful to see; and getting punched by a holy man never looks good on anyone’s resume. The story even ends with a set up for the movie, the meeting that puts the crew with Fanty and Mingo to earn their next payday.

This was an excellent edition to release and it makes me want even more Firefly comics. With over 10,000 fans camping overnight to attend the reunion panel at this year San Diego Comic Con, surely there is a market for more 3 issue or 6 issue limited Firefly story runs? With the success of Buffy season 8, could we see a regular Firefly monthly? Only time will tell; and thanks to Dark Horse comics the signal hasn’t stopped.


Jon Burrows

An exclusive writer for Geek Smash, Jon hails from Mississippi and has a passion for music, comic-books, and writing. He collects antique cars and enjoys shooting handguns. Jon sings in his church choir, volunteers his time helping the Salvation Army at local events and doubles as Santa during Christmas season.