After the events of “Blue Sun Rising,” we flash forward an unspecified period of time, post-Serenity film. There are hints here that much (if not all) of Dark Horse Comics' Serenity stories have been absorbed into canon here; however, the crew is not where we previously left them, suggesting some major fallouts off-page. Without getting into spoilers, suffice it to say that there are plenty of surprising revelations within these 22 pages.
Quick recap: Rose is now part of a story, having stepped in as Gawain. A lead from a dying previous associate of Mary/Elaine/Nimue’s sent Bridgette and Duncan back to the old family home. Meanwhile, Rose comes face to face with the woman at large… and a Glock.
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya’s machinations were revealed, and while Faith may be the newest Slayer in town, she’s not the biggest Slayer-related revelation. Enter Morgan.
I first reviewed the first issue of Starship Down in March 2020 and was really excited by the concept and execution. Alas, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent individual issues were canceled, with Dark Horse opting to collect the entire series into a trade instead.
Well, Mal and the Serenity crew did it, pulling off a major upset against Blue Sun, and they even got away with it… well, almost. In their moment of triumph, they suddenly find themselves in a ship with no power and a fatal crash that seems imminent…
With a plan set in motion, the whole crew gears up for some Big Damn Hero-ing while trying not to kill millions while they’re at it. If they succeed, they would take down all of the robo-cops wearing Mal’s face. If they fail… well, there are so many ways for things to go belly-up, ain’t there?
Quick recap: In trying to figure out Mary/Elaine/Nimue’s MO, the gang ends up in a pub filled with some neo-Nazi types. Before the “England for the English” crowd did any permanent damage to our intrepid hero, they’re interrupted by yet another story: the titular Green Knight from “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”
The final installment of Tales of Nocturnia is here, and it’s a delicious double issue with all of the crazy stuff that you’ll love if you’re a fan of the previous issues. Things pretty much pick up right where we left them before: After the siege by the Sinisterians, the good folks of Nocturnia are licking their wounds, picking up the pieces, and burying the dead. To add insult to injury, some of their beloveds are also being held captive by the Sinisterians and things look grim. With almost nothing left to lose, the Nocturnians head out on a daring rescue mission.
Previously, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Things are tense between Buffy and Robin right now… teenagers, they talk a lot but maybe don’t communicate all that well? The silver lining, though, is that Buffy and Willow seem to have mended some of their damaged friendship. Meanwhile, Willow’s experiments with astral projection lead her to discover a dark alliance that may have some major implications for the fate of the slayers, and perhaps the Scoobies as a whole.
In a nutshell, Watch How I Soar is a standalone piece that explores Hoban “Wash” Washburne Jr.’s dying thoughts as the most important moments of his life flash before him. It’s also a metaphysical headtrip at times and serves as a eulogy of sorts to a fan-favorite character. Its placement right before the end of the current arc of the main Firefly series also seems timely, considering the solicitations for the next arc.