Make no mistake, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is (so far) a fantastically enjoyable and fulfilling series for anyone still in love with Mal’s ragtag crew, and it is easily one of the best licensed comics on the shelves today. If you’re a Serenity fan and you’re not following Leaves on the Wind, you’re missing out on a massive level. (Imagine being a die-hard Firefly fan who just never happened to watch Serenity. That’s the kind of quality and epically huge story events that you’re missing out on.) I mentioned Dan Dos Santos’ chilling, yet beautiful, cover artwork for Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 in my review for last month’s issue, but the impact of the powerful imagery (hands of blue, River’s surgery scars, the vicious maw of a reaver) hasn’t lessened over the last 30 days. Whedon’s script matches the impact of Santos’ impressive work, taking us on an enlightening “vision quest” through River’s fractured mind and spending a decent amount of quality time with the wacky, unpredictable, and captivating bounty hunter Early (both Whedon and Jeanty work hard to perfectly capture the character’s menace-filled, yet entertaining, nature from the TV series).
In all honesty, I hate to bore FBC’s readers with lots of reviews that do nothing but sing high praise, but, much like last year’s Angel & Faith series, there’s really no bad here . . . and that’s really, really good! Dark Horse has reached a new level of quality and skill when it comes to producing comics based on or continuing an existing franchise (especially when the name “Whedon” is attached). If you’re enjoying Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, I’d urge you to check out other comic series in the current Dark Horse line up. Trust me . . . you’ll find something shiny.
Given that this issue isn’t released 'till Wednesday, I don’t want to spoil any of the major plot points for fans, but let me say that Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 ends with an incredibly exciting reveal that had me standing up and yelling, “HELL, YES!” when I read it.
FINAL VERDICT: Every issue of this series has been a MUST READ, and Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 doesn’t buck that trend. It’s unbelievably good!
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 will be released this Wednesday, March 26th, 2014.
For more info on the series and to read a free preview of the first issue, stop by the official Dark Horse Comics website. You can also check out my review of the first two issues of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind at the link below:
‘Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1’ – Advance Comic Book Review [About Gorram Time (and Thanks a Bunch, Joss & Co.)]
‘Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #2’ – Advance Comic Book Review (Still Flying Steady)
That’s all for now, comic book sniffers.
’Till the end of the world,
Bryant the Comic Book Slayer