Whedon teases what happened post-Serenity in new Firefly sequel

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Dec 9, 2013, 10:09 AM EST

Sure, we might not be getting a big-screen sequel to Serenity anytime soon — but Joss Whedon is giving us the next best thing. So what’s up with the Firefly crew these days?

Joss and his brother Zack have teamed up for the Dark Horse comic miniseries Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, and now Zack has opened up about where Captain Mal and his misfit crew are in the wake of the events of Serenity.

The new story will pick up nine months after the crew revealed the Alliance conspiracy surrounding planet Miranda, though he teases that readers will be surprised by “how deftly The Alliance has navigated the controversy.” Hmm, that sounds interesting.

As for the characters we know and love? They’re still mourning the loss of Wash (of course), though they’re also grappling with the fact that they can no longer take on wacky jobs and stay under the radar. The events of Serenity were a big deal, and they changed the ‘verse for good.

Here’s an excerpt from Whedon’s chat with Comic Book Resources:

“It has been around nine months since the conclusion of "Serenity." A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. The discovery that Mal and his crew shared with the 'verse -- that the inhabitants of the planet Miranda were killed or driven mad by an Alliance experiment -- has opened some eyes and created some new allies, but it hasn't deterred any of their pursuers. If anything, it has made them more relentless. Serenity is hiding out in lesser-known corners of the 'verse, trying to keep a low profile. As you will see early on, that's easier said than done. Mal and his crew will be forced to face their enemies head on -- some familiar, some new…

It is a period of transition in many ways. The life they were leading in the series -- taking odd jobs, doing some smuggling here and there -- is not one they are able to lead now in the wake of their big throw down with the Alliance. So everything is a bit off balance. I think part of my goal with this series is to get them back to some kind of equilibrium, where you could imagine their lives getting back on track, even if that track is an illegal, itinerant one.”

The full interview is loaded with nifty details, and is well worth a read. The first issue of Leaves on the Wind is set to hit shelves in January 2014. Will you be reading?

(Via Comic Book Resources)