Can't find the comics in this three-part mini-series from Dark Horse? Just get the trade paperback! Easier to read anyway, and you won't have to smudge your collectible comics.
Comic-book-sized but bound graphic-novel style, this includes all three issues of the best-selling Dark Horse mini-series "Serenity: Those Left Behind," written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews (writer of "Heart of Gold") and illustrated by Will Conrad and Laura Martin. It fills in some of what happened in the six months between the TV show Firefly and the movie Serenity and explains where Inara and Book went, and why.
The crew of Serenity has fallen on some hard times and they take on a scavenger mission from Badger to raise some cash. They don't know that it was a trap planned by the hands of blue guys, with the help of an old enemy we never expected to see again.
Read all together, instead of one comic a month, this really feels like the 15th episode of Firefly, both in the pacing and the style.
The collection features a new cover by Adam Hughes and back cover art by Sean Sean Phillips (both gorgeous), but all 9 of the original cover illustrations of the crew are inside at appropriate places. And there's an intro by Nathan Fillion about his comic fan background and his appreciation at being made into a comic book hero at last.
I'll admit to a bit of disappointment, but only because I had unrealistic expectations; I was hoping for the script, or notes from Joss, or sketches, or other nifty extras. Anything! But it's a very attractive collection, crisp and clean, with good color reproduction, and it should attract more Serenity fans. It's worth the ten bucks.