Set twenty years since the events of the current Firefly series, “Brand New ‘Verse” is, well, pretty new and different. Zoë is now the captain of the Serenity, though it’s a title that her daughter Emma is jockeying for. Along for the ride are the new ship engineer Lu and muscle Salo. The first issue of this new series does the usual: sets up the new status quo, establishes interpersonal relationships, and, finally, introduces a central conflict. As “pilots” go, it’s a pretty solid first issue.
Quick recap: While running away from Lancelot, Duncan and Bridgette encounter a sleeping dragon. Meanwhile, the real world came head to head with the story, and things seem to be getting kind of messy. Oh, and Galahad is finally back in the mix, and oy… he’s mixed up all right. So much for the Mary/Elaine/Nimue blend-up being weird…
Previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy was feeling a bit outclassed by her fellow Slayers, and Willow’s astral jaunts brought her to some unexpected revelations.
Last time in the ‘Verse, we saw all sorts of surprising things. Mal’s gone… no word on where he is. Kaylee is the Captain of the Serenity now, along with Jayne and Leonard as her muscle, and River has her pilot/kung-fu prodigy. Zoe has set up a new life, running with Simon and her daughter Emma, and a few new faces. After discovering a suspicious job application on Regina, Zoe went in to investigate and, well, shocking doesn’t begin to cover it.
The low-down: Post York is a grim look at a dystopian (but very real) world in which the ice caps and glaciers have melted, resulting in a flooded world. Set in post-flood New York, it follows Crosby, a loner whose consistent companion is his cat, Kitsky. The graphic novel is split into three alternate possible versions of the future, with Crosby and his brief interaction with a young woman centering each story.
Quick recap: While Mary/Elaine/Nimue had a chat with Rose, Duncan and Bridgette figured out how Mary conceived Galahad and come face to face with none other than the famous Lancelot himself.
Previously, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya and ex-Slayer Morgan put their plans into motion, and the arrival of a third(!) Slayer, Faith, could make things interesting for everyone. Willow’s connection to Xander seems even stronger now, for better or worse.
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.