Unlike previous Darkhorse comics set in the Firefly universe, this story is cannon, and follows the events of Serenity, albeit a few months later than when we last saw the crew.
A warning, this review is full of spoilers, so if you don't want to know what happens in this issue, don't read this review!
Here in issue one, Zack Whedon (Joss's brother) opens with a few pages of set up that involves an exchange of what appears to be a news show, like the kind you would see primetime on any of the 24 hour news networks. Being debated is the authenticity of the broadwave delivered by Malcolm Reynolds at the end of Serenity, as well as if it was the action of a hero, or an enemy-of-the-state.
Following that exchange we cut to a scene where Alliance officers are discussing everyone's favorite teenager, River Tam. Although the exchange is only a few pages long, Whedon confirms that the hunt for the crew of Serenity, and River, is still very much alive.
A brief interlude shows us that it is not only the Alliance that is searching for our heroes, but also a band of Browncoats, in search of a leader. A leader that they know Mal to be.
Finally, back on Serenity...It's so nice to write those words.
The crew is on the run and dangerously low on supplies, but the good news comes quickly. For those of us who have been waiting over a decade to see Mal and Inara together, that day is finally here, and in the most intimate way!
After Zoe awakens from a nightmare in which she relives Wash's death, their baby (Emma) is delivered by Simon, and Serenity welcomes her newest passenger! Unfortunately, with Emma's birth come complications for Zoe, and they are dire enough that Mal must immediately make a decision to leave their current hiding spot to seek out medical assistance so that Simon can determine the extent of the danger that Zoe now faces.
The final pages of this first issue give us the return of bounty hunter Jubal Early, as well as a look in on what former Serenity crew member Jayne Cobb is now doing (spoiler, he's up to no good, as usual!).
A great start to this latest chapter in the Firefly series. I know I'm not the only one who has been waiting a long time for this, and it is so great to finally get this in my hands.
Firefly, and Joss Whedon fans, rejoice, Serenity flies again!