Serenity (Or Lack There Of)

I caught Serenity on HBO the other evening (Friday I believe), and besides providing relief from some rather boring Olympic events, it reminded me of something…

That I miss Serenity and/or Firefly, dammit. I’m not alone. There are plenty of Browncoats out there that feel the same. Last Wednesday MTV Movies Blog posted about Will There Ever Be a “Serenity’ Sequel?. Unfortunately, that’s not the whole title of the post. It goes on to read Joss Whedon Puts The Rumors To Bed.

“There’s been no movement,” he said. “Those rumors are just rumors, and I don’t think they’re going to stop, no matter how many times I say, ‘No, it’s not happening.’ Because somebody will say, ‘He said yes. His eyes said yes. His nose said yes. There was a yes-iness about him.’ Because people want it.”

Alright, I get it. I understand. There’s not going to be another Serenity movie. That’s how gorram Hollywood works. As loyal, passionate, and hungry that the Serenity/Firefly fan base is, it just doesn’t add up enough to make the numbers work for those that sit in the big white tower on the Universal lot. I have resolved myself to accept that I’m not going to see the further adventures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and crew on the big screen. And, as shiny as it would be to even get a direct-to-DVD or made for television movie — I’m looking at you SciFi Channel. it just ain’t going to happen.

But, Serenity is still alive in my favorite medium of comic books. But, is it alive and kicking? There have been two mini series out so far. Those Left Behind was a three issue series that came out in 2005. Three years later Better Days, another three issue series was released. That’s six issues in over three years. Serenity deserves and can do better than that.

Now, before any Whedonites swoop down on me, I do know that there is another three issue series in the works — A Shepherd’s Tale, a series focusing on the mysterious history of character of Shepherd Book. This is fantastic news and I eagerly anticipate its release. Also, MySpace Dark Horse Presents #13 features Serenity: The Other Half. I’m thankful for that as well, but we get only seven pages.

In a Publishers Weekly post — Whedon Can’t Get Enough Serenity — the creator reveals why there aren’t more Serenity comic books and novels. I can’t call out Whedon for being over protective and stingy with his baby, it is his creation after all to do with as he deems proper. But, the whiny fanboy in me just can’t let it go.

The Serenity ‘Verse is chalk full of material to expand, explore, and extricate. I’m not going to plea with Whedon to give us more Serenity comic books — that’s someone else’s job. That’s right Scott Allie, Dark Horse Comics Editor, I’m looking at you. It’s your job to turn the thumbscrews on Joss and get him to commit to giving us more Serenity comic books. Start turning them screws.

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