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Review: Serenity - Float Out

A one-shot written by Patton Oswalt dealing with Wash.


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Wash was a beloved character in Firefly and Serenity. If you've seen the movie, you have an idea where this comic is going.
 

The Good

It's nice to see some backstory on Wash. In the series,  he didn't get enough camera time -- that's a fact. Here we get to see a little more on who he was before we were introduced to him. The solicit for this issue also mentions a big cameo. Yes there is one. The ending is a bit of a shocker that makes up for the rest of the issue. And let's not forget how amazing Jo Chen's art is (on the cover).
 

The Bad

I like the character but these 'flashback' tales from Wash's past didn't blow me away. Some of his essence was captured. I surprisingly found myself not caring too much as I was reading. I thought I would absolutely love this issue when I first heard about it.
 

The Verdict - 3.5/5

It was okay. I was let down. It wasn't everything I hoped it would be. I enjoyed getting more information on Wash but the stories told weren't stellar. Even though the aim of the comic is clearly set on Wash, you can't help but wish to see some of the other crew. The ending was shocking even if it was a tiny bit cliché. Still, it was nice to see something dealing with Serenity. We definitely need more.

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Kid_Zombie

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Edited By Kid_Zombie

Hmm, never read a serenity book before. Do they have any that take place after the movie?

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@Kid_Zombie: This one is after the movie. The last was before.
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I just picked up the issue. Haven't read it, but it looks nice. Thanks for the review.

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I used to watch the series and I watched the movie. It's unfortunate what happened to him in the movie.
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Same here, just picked up the issue but haven't read it yet.  I like the promptness of the review given to this one-shot.

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I'd love to hear from those that bought and read this. I'm wondering if I was too hard on it and was expecting too much.

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does that say patton oswalt on the cover, thats crazy I didn't know he wrote comics, I love firefly, I wish they would continue the story, I'll go pick it up today

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I was kind of in and out of the TV series. I pretty much enjoyed the movie. I just could never get my head around that they were in space, but still using six shooter revolvers and pump-loaded rifles. he was a fun character. I really felt for him when he died. That was when I knew they were saying in a nonverbal manner. "No Sequel!".
 
I think what probably lacked from this book is that Wash was pretty much the comedian of the crew. Every comedian needs a straight man. Someone they cam play off of.