We Were Left Behind

Picking up Those Left Behind was like picking up another episode of Firefly, just in a different format. It was the same characters, using the same kind of words, in the same settings. (The Chinese curses seem to lose a little in print, though, probably because I can’t read or even sound them out.) The artists rendered the characters’ appearances a little differently than the actors, aside from the beautiful cover. But once I adjusted to that difference, I was back in the beloved world of Firefly. The story isn’t huge or exciting, just good and familiar and bittersweet, as it traces the time between the last episode of the TV series and the movie Serenity. Because the events of the movie were impending, this couldn’t end on an entirely cheerful note, just a beautifully bittersweet one that is in ways another farewell to the characters.
I also really enjoyed the second, smaller section of the book, the pre-production memo from the Serenity film. I appreciated how it fleshed out a lot about the universe and the characters that I either didn’t know or didn’t fully understand from watching the series, things like Mal’s life before the war. And the concept art from pre-production of the same film was equally interesting, and often quite beautiful.
I enjoyed this book, and I’m definitely planning to read the rest of the graphic novels in this universe.

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About crystalsea24

Jane Eyre meets Lisa Simpson meets Belle from Beauty and the Beast meets Velma from Scooby Doo. I read a lot of books.
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