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Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse by Chris…
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Some of the other Serenity comics have been a bit simplistic, but this one was tight. It had politics, grey characters and good writing. The characters have moved on since the events of the movie (and a few earlier comics). They've settled in some ways. Mal and his crew try to help Iris (a River-like 'experiment') to rescue her friend Bea, who has gone missing. This embroils them with a local terrorist group and unwanted offworld interest. My only criticism of this one was that sometimes the artwork of the faces was unclear and I got confused about who was talking. (Kaylee? Inara? River? It wasn't always clear). But otherwise one of my favourites of the post-Serenity comics I've read. ( )
  questbird | Jun 11, 2019 |
Well, this is about as bland and inconsequential as licensed, work-for-hire storytelling gets. The artist almost captures the likenesses and the writer sort of knows the spirit of the characters, so if you just need a whiff of a Firefly fix, this'll hold you over until something better comes along.

Or you could just watch the show again... ( )
  villemezbrown | Mar 30, 2019 |
Chris Roberson’s Serenity: No Power in the ’Verse features art by Georges Jeanty and takes place following the events of the previous Serenity story, Leaves on the Wind. Following the events of the film, Serenity, and the scandal resulting from the crew’s broadcast about the events on Miranda, the Alliance plans an extensive crackdown on the outer rim in order to prevent further flare-ups of resistance. Meanwhile, a group calling themselves the Peacemakers begins installing operatives at key points throughout the system in order to cripple the Alliance. Mal and the crew of the Serenity find themselves drawn into the middle of the conflict when they go to assist one of Inara’s friends.

As the Serenity’s crew scope out the town, a group called the disciples kidnap River Tam and, using a code word, activate her training in order to recover an asset aboard Serenity. Tensions between Jayne and Zoe erupt over baby Emma’s safety. When River attacks the ship against her will, Zoe also feels she cannot trust River to care for the baby, leaving River feeling cut off from her adopted family. Simon and Kaylee have their own conflicts based on social class and, with a brewing conflict between Mal and Inara over Inara’s accidental role in one of the Alliance’s massacres in the war, the Serenity is a less-than-happy place. As a fun Easter Egg, artist Georges Jeanty depicts Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor in a crowd scene (pg. 69).

Included in this volume is the one-shot story “The Warrior and the Wind,” also by Chris Roberson with art by Stephen Byrne. The story focuses on River telling Emma a fairy-tale like story about how her parents, Zoe and Wash, met and joined the crew of the Serenity. Though not part of the longer story, it’s a cute tale and Byrne’s art is perfect for the tone.

This book primarily serves to set up a forthcoming conflict between the Peacemakers, the Serenity crew, and the Alliance, though there may never be resolution to that story thread. Boom! Studios announced in 2018 that they had acquired the comic book and graphic novel rights to Firefly. Their first planned story goes back to the Unification War before the events of the television series, so it may be awhile before they turn to events after the film. Boom! does, however, recognize the official sequel status of this story, so they may continue it at some point. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Oct 21, 2018 |
Roberson doesn't have the effortless-seeming capture of the character voices Zack Whedon provided in the previous volume, but he manages passably, and the plot continues in an organic and interesting way. I still have issues with the all-too-quick recuperation of Iris, and Kalista somehow seems to have less personality the more page time she gets, but overall, this is a solid entry, and I hope they continue it further. And the Disney-esque side story illustrated by Stephen Byrne at the end is adorable and cosy, and for character arc purposes should really be read before the main story (where it is also set). ( )
  LokiAesir | Feb 17, 2018 |
I just love Serenity (Firefly)! The characters are just so intense and real. Reading this felt like watching an episode. A great volume with lots of action and tons of character development. While it has a great story that keeps you reading (I couldn't put it down), the issues between the characters themselves were fantastic. A lot of emotional area was covered. Recommended to fans of the show. ( )
  ElizaJane | Aug 9, 2017 |
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"When a call for help to find a missing friend takes the crew to an Alliance post in the Outer Rim, they encounter a new force building strength to fight the battle of the Browncoats in a somewhat controversial fashion. Putting their grievances aside, they embark on a rescue mission."--

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