Friday, June 20, 2014

Firefly Withdrawal

As I finished the final issue of the current Serenity comic series, Leaves on the Wind #6, I felt a tear well up in my eye. This was not for the tear jerking moments of the issue, although there were plenty. This was because, yet again, this was over. Once again, the crew of Firefly was not getting a new story to read or another fight to survive. It was an ending, pure and simple.

Over the years, geeks have taken to the scrappy crew of Firefly, riding their emotional ups and down. Still, every roller coaster ride is short-lived; from 13 episodes to a movie to a few comic mini-series and one-shots, all spread out over a decade. Most of the gaps in content are due to the creator himself, Joss Whedon, who has been busy with other projects. Still, the love from fans has kept this crew front and center in the geek world, even with nothing new on the horizon in most years.

And yet, in the past couple of years we've seen a resurgence of Firefly in the market. The Jayne hat fiasco shined a light on the amazing fans still dedicated to the show. Games started appearing in stores, like the Firefly: The Game from Gale Force Nine or imminent Firefly MMO from Quantum Mechanix.  Science Channel started airing repeats of Firefly, while SyFy Network shows Serenity a few times a year.

And still, we don't have a continuing Firefly/Serenity comic. This is mostly due to Whedon's crazy schedule but publisher Dark Horse Comics has a big say. This was a great selling book. Fans are proving they want an ongoing series. We just need to keep telling Dark Horse to make it happen.

In a few months' time, the graphic novel will be out. Go buy it! Show Dark Horse that this will sell. Encourage them to find a new writer and make this an ongoing series. Fans kept Firefly going when Fox tried to cancel it. We can keep it going now.\

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind issue #6 is out in comic shops on June 25, 2014.

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