Serenity: Better Days and Other Stories by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews and Will Conrad

This is just another episode from the show in comic book format along with three short stories about River and Wash. It’s always fun to read (or hear) the unique way of speaking that is Firefly/Serenity. Other than that there is little of import in this book. The stories of Wash’s past are more anecdotes about his piloting exploits, which sound more like unlikely bragging than real stories and don’t feature much of Wash’s signature sarcastic humor – unfortunately because his humor is one of the great highlights. The two short stories about River are eerie and creepy and kind of sweet, as you would expect with River and I highly recommend both of them. In fact I would count this book worth the cost for those two stories alone.

“Better Day” is a typical Firefly heist that should have gone perfectly, leaving the crew rich and out free – but things go wrong because “they usually do” (and there wouldn’t be a story if they didn’t).

The writing is top notch and if you’re a fan of the show or the movie reading this comic is kind of a no brainer, it feels just like watching the show – though it will take you significantly less time to read than watching an episode would. If you don’t know what Firefly or Serenity is then you probably need to start somewhere else.

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