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Free Comic Book Day 2012: Star Wars/Serenity Review


FCBD Star Wars SerenityI would first like to address that I was deceived. When I heard there was a Star Wars/Serenity comic book, the geek part of my brain kicked into overdrive, and I imagined a glorious crossover in which Han Solo and Mal Reynolds at first fought over the same smuggling job, butting heads and clever verbal jabs along the way, only to join forces against a common enemy with only their snark and their blasters by their side.

Alas, this was not meant to be, but, at least, such an extraordinary vision still sits in my mind.

That said, I still found the comic to be satisfying. On the Star Wars side, we have a tale involving Han Solo and Chewbacca, pre-A New Hope, doing what they do best. The dialogue is a bit iffy in my opinion. For the most part, I think they captured Han Solo’s hard-headed nature, but I think they went a little overboard with his playful nature with Chewbacca. Calling him names like “Carpet-brain” and “your Fluffyness” seemed a bit forced in my opinion. On the other side of it, though, Chewie was dead on. Although he just growls the whole time, Han’s responses lead us to believe Chewie is backtalking and giving him a hard time, even going so far as to leaving Han tied up after taking out his captors in classic Wookiee rage. Oh, Chewie! *Cue audience laugh track*

On the Serenity side, I was a little more disappointed. The quick tale involves a verbal showdown between Mal and an old passerby interested in buying the Serenity. After Mal declines the offer, the old man holds him at gun point. Weaponless, Mal uses the only thing he has to protect himself. His words. In a very Mal-like manner, he verbally stalls the man until the old man has heard enough and he takes a shot. Mal is only grazed, but enough time has passed that River has taken notice from afar and makes her move, disarming the attacker. The dialogue was done well, for the most part. I think I was mostly put off by the art style. I took the liberty of checking some forums online; most seemed pleased with the art work, some even saying it was good enough to be used as the basis for an animated series, wwith which I completely disagree. The artwork is fine on its own, and I’m sure it works well in the context of other materials, but I just didn’t think it fit the Firefly/Serenity universe. For a show with such an attractive main cast, you’d expect them to look as such. But, that’s just my opinion.

All in all, I enjoyed it. As a Free Comic Book Day offering, it’s a decent read and you get your “money’s” worth.


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