Review: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2

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“Forced out of hiding, Serenity’s crew gets separated, and it becomes clear that everyone looking for the outlaws is on the verge of finding them. River offers to uncover the secrets that are hidden within her in the hope that the crew might have something to bargain with.”

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The Story

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2 is the second issue in a six-issue mini-series sequel to the Firefly TV Show and the subsequent Serenity movie.

Last time on Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, the whole ‘verse was talking about the transmission about Miranda that took place about 8 months prior to this issue. The Alliance dismissed the transmission as a hoax, but many believed and began to protest the government. A New Resistance had sprung up, with new rebels and old (Browncoats), and they wanted Captain Mal Reynolds as their leader. Behind closed doors, the Alliance brass had been searching for the Serenity and her crew non-stop since the transmission, with not even a hint to their location. There had been no hint because the Serenity had been running ever since they made that transmission on Mr. Universe’s planet. River Tam became the full time pilot of Serenity, in place of Wash. Mal and Inara officially became a couple. Simon Tam and Kaylee Frye became a couple, as well. Zoe Washburne was very pregnant with Wash’s baby. Jayne, on the other hand, left the ship some time between the end of the movie and the start of this series. The crew was low on money and food. However, a little bundle of joy provided a brief moment of levity for the crew, when Zoe gave birth to little baby Emma. The moment would quickly end as Zoe needed help from medical equipment that could only be found at a hospital. River set course for the closest possibility and the Serenity sped off once again. The issue ended with two reveals. The first was that Jubal Early was still alive and would be hunting down the Serenity. The other reveal was that Jayne had moved back in with his Mom. However, the New Resistance found him, and persuaded him (with lots of money, of course) to help them find Mal.

This time on Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Jubal Early starts his hunt for the Serenity. Jayne learns about the dangers of flirting with a Browncoat. The Serenity resurfaces to get Zoe medical attention and that gets the attention of the Alliance. River offers to use her unique abilities to help a member of the crew.

I’m continually impressed by this mini-series. The pace is quick, but doesn’t feel rushed, like a lot of comic mini-series can feel. Not a whole lot happened in the last issue, because they were getting us up to speed on what has happened since the movie and starting the new threads at the same time. This issue makes up for that, (not that #1 was bad) and really gets the story going.

Mal makes me laugh. He’s so stubborn and pretends like he doesn’t care about anyone, except for his crew, but they know better and so do we. The Serenity movie proved that. He’s always going to do the right thing. He may hesitate and grovel about making the right decision, but he’ll make it. Is it better to pretend to not care and actually care or the other way around? Obviously, I’d say the former is better, and that’s who Mal is.

I think River makes for a cool pilot, but I’m hoping to see more of the Matrix-like moves from her at some point. The others are afraid of her abilities, because she couldn’t control them before, but I think she has a handle on things now. Simon also might not want her to use them, because he wants her to be a normal teenage girl; but she’s not normal, and she says as much in this issue. She’s got superpowers. I’m ready to see them in action!

Jayne is such a perplexing character. I’ve never been able to decide if I like him or not. Is he supposed to be that character you love to hate? I don’t think that’s quite the answer. Lovable idiot? Maybe closer, but not quite there. His character sees further development in this issue and I think that’s a good thing. I know who the other characters on (or off) of Serenity are. I know if I like them or if I don’t. Jayne Cobb is definitely the question mark of the series for me. Hopefully that question mark will be cleared up by the end of the mini-series!

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Um…I’m pretty sure that (in the above screenshot) is a Borg cube with a hole in it…

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The Bottom Line

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2 is just what I was hoping for after that first issue. As I mentioned, the first issue was a little slow, but it had to be. But with only six issues in this mini-series, this issue really had to put the plot into motion fast, and it did. It’s filled with tons of action and great dialogue. Just like in the first issue, this issue’s writing is true to the series. I love that. These are definitely the same characters that I loved in Firefly and Serenity. Like I said last time, all “Browncoats” should be reading this mini-series!

The Rhodes Rating: 90/100

Buy your copy here: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 releases on March 26th!

All of my Serenity Reviews: http://stephenwrhodes.com/tag/serenity/

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Who are your favorite characters in Firefly/Serenity? Mine are River and Mal!

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