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April 04 2005

Solicitation Info for Serenity #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse releases information about the first issue of a three part mini series tie-in to "Serenity" which goes on sale on July 6th. This first issue alternate covers features John Cassaday's Malcolm Reynolds, J.G. Jones' Inara Serra and Bryan Hitch's Jayne Cobb.

Click on the links and check each one of the alternate covers. The following issues will show us the other 6 characters.


Written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, pencils by Will Conrad, colors by Laura Martin.

This fall Joss Whedon makes his big-screen debut as writer/director with Serenity, the big-budget feature follow-up to his cult-hit TV show Firefly‹the story of a ship full of mercenaries, outlaws, fugitives, and one law-abiding prostitute running across the fringes of space. Now Whedon pens a three issue miniseries based on the film with Brett Matthews, whose previous credits include Spider-Man specials with Daredevil and Wolverine, episodes of TV's Firefly, an Angel miniseries, and the animated Chronicles of Riddick feature Dark Fury.

The crew of Serenity once again find themselves broke and on the wrong side of a number of very large firearms, making the first issue a case study in how to mix intense, Whedon-style character interaction with cinematic action and violence. Artist Will Conrad and colorist Laura Martin paint a rough and wild world of adventure across a strange and dangerous universe. Each issue of this series features three covers, one for each member of the Serenity crew, drawn by the biggest names in comics. Issue #1 features Mal by John Cassaday, Inara by J.G. Jones, and Jayne by Bryan Hitch.

32 pages, $2.99, in stores on July 6.

If the first issue comes out in July, then by the time the movie's out they will have given away the full plot in three installments of a comic book mini-series. ...I don't get it. Why do that?
The comic will cover the time-period between the (abrupt) end of Firefly and when Serenity takes place. The series isn't based on the plot of Serenity, but rather fills in between the tv show and the movie.
Well, I'm really looking forward this but I have to say that while the Mal and Jayne covers are pretty shiny, the Inara one leaves a little to be desired (no offense Mr. Jones).
Very cool! Do we know who are doing the other ones? I'm guessing Josh Middleton is doing the River cover, based on his X23 covers. Just a shot in the dark, tho.
Zachsmind, these are a prequel to the movie.
Ack! I'm a comic fan, so the coloring and artistry with Inara, Mal, and Jayne are flatout phenomenal. I love the realism in them. I'm truly looking forward to reading this. July is no more closer than September because we still have to wait. :(
Byran Hitch and John Cassaday covers? Wow I am impressed. These'll fly off the shelves.
They'll be flying off the shelves and right into my sticky hands. Those are awesome interpretations of Inara, and especially Mal and Jayne! Three cast covers per issue. Have to have 'em!
Ah, the Mal one is by Cassaday. No wonder it's awesome. :) I find the Inara one not so great, however. While it's expressive and very rich in color, it seems too cartoonish for my taste.

Y'know, before Joss started writing comics on a regular basis, I was long over my fscination with them. Now he's gone and sucked me right back in. *sigh*

::goes to read AXM #9 and New Avengers 1-4::
Well, I wasn't planning on buying into the whole "variant cover" craze, 'cause I never have before and I think collector mentality is ridiculous...but seeing these, how well-done they are...I can justify it by simply thinking, "Well, there hasn't been any new Firefly/Serenity merchandise since the DVDs". I guess there's the first Serenity promo poster, if you can track one down, but other than that and a couple magazine articles, nothing Firefly/Serenity-related to buy. Yep, Whedon and Dark Horse can have a bit more of my money (which reminds me, I still need to get the Tales of the Vampires collection, haven't read any of that).

Yep, can't wait for the trade paperback this time, really wanna own the individual issues as they're released.

Hopefully they won't suffer any delays in completion and/or shipping. It'll be nice to get the rest of the series, these comics and the film(s), in chronological order. The franchise and its fans are owed that and then some after the series wasn't granted the same treatment while airing.

I like JG Jones' rendition of Inara, been a fan of his style long before he started doing work for Marvel Comics and standout covers for Y: The Last Man. However, I'm not real crazy about how he's done her face. Morena's face is certainly round-ish and cherub-cute, but she isn't that moon-faced. Kaylee was more the moon-faced one.
I really liked Cassaday's redintion of Mal, and Hitch's Jayne, but Jone's Inara is kinda of strange. I was never a huge fan of his style anyway.
Personally, if I had the power to it, I would've tried to invite either Greg Horn, Greg Land or Mike Deodato for Inara's cover.
I was considering only buying a copy of each issue, but if I happen to find all variant covers at this side of the planet, I'll definetely be getting them also.
I have to agree with SerenityScape and Tamara - the Inara one does her no justice. The drawing lacks the grace that the real Inara has in spades. This makes her look more like a belly-dancer in a Moroccan restaurant than the Lovely Companion we all know and love...

The Mal one and the Jayne one are phenomenal, however. Can't wait to get my hands on these.
I agree that the Inara drawing is not in the same league as the Mal and Jane drawings. IMO Mal and Jane are fantastic pieces, I love them. The style of the Inara drawing is not my cup of tea.
I agree; the Inara drawing doesn't capture her beauty and grace at all.

Hmmm each of the issues will have 3 covers. I so hate the collectors mentality of comic books, and I never play the varient cover game. But this time....I'm really going to have to think about it. They just might suck me in.
Jayne: perfect.
Mal: Very nearly perfect.
Inara: Hmm. It does kind of look like her, but there is something with her eyes... they seem too close together, or maybe too high on her forehead. And the pose is wrong. Inara is a woman comfortable enough with her sexuality to be sexy without "posing". I think that's my main problem with it. She looks so posed. Perhaps the art will look better in person.

*rubs hands together* I cannot wait for these comics!!

And cripes, could the ads on that site be any more offensive? I'm at work, and I had to quickly scroll past ads that I think are selling breasts.

[ edited by dizzy on 2005-04-06 04:24 ]

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