Leaves on the Wind promises to be something special. The canonical Firefly comic has a wealth of characters at its disposal and with the writers behind the action-filled, yet emotional, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 and 9 working on it, fans are in for a treat.
Whedon’s cult series Firefly and the sequel film Serenity have a huge, well-deserved base of fans. The stories told were action-packed with fleshed out characters you connected with. Such a character based series should make fantastic transition into the pulp pages, and issue one tees up the series brilliantly.
Even from the first few pages, you can tell that the spiritual core of Firefly is still there and Leaves on the Wind is going to carry the torch of the space-western superbly. The first thing you see is The Alliance covering up the occurrences from the 2005 film Serenity before you find out that Captain Mal and his crew are in hiding and both The Alliance and an underground network of rebel are looking for them. The dry Whedonverse writing style shines through and the all of the characters are the same as they’ve ever been.
Artist Georges Geanty’s style shines through and as with his work on Buffy, Firefly fans will recognise characters before they’re even told who they are. Backgrounds are beautifully detailed and you can emotions leap out of the page. It’ll be interesting to see how the art style progresses as the comic becomes for action-filled.
Critics might suggest the first issue isn’t as action packed as the TV series or the film, and to be frank it isn’t. While a few huge plot points happen in the issue there’s no real punch to the story, but you can tell that foundations are being laid. Writer Zack Whedon clearly has big ideas and he teases just enough with this first issue.
Leaves on the Wind is available now.