Dark Horse Can't Stop the Signal, Relaunches 'Serenity'

<p><strong>Joss </strong><strong>Whedon</strong>&rsquo;s much-loved but low-rated space western aired just 14 episodes but attracted a devoted legion of Browncoats, whose enthusiasm (and willingness to buy DVDs) helped the film <em>Serenity</em> get made. <em>Serenity</em> was well-received by critics and fans alike, but earned just shy of its reported $39 million budget, dashing hopes for a sequel.</p>
Dark Horse Comics will relaunch "Firefly" with art from longtime Joss Whedon collaborator (and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" artist) Georges Jeanty.

2005's Serenity brought the story of Joss Whedon's Firefly to an end -- kind of. Following up on a number of teases, Dark Horse Comics has confirmed that it will be launching a new Serenity comic that takes place following the movie, with art by Buffy the Vampire Slayer artist Georges Jeanty.

Comic Book Resources broke the news today, explaining that when the series opens, the remaining crew of the Serenity will have to deal with the fallout of their actions: "With River Tam in the co-pilot chair and a very pregnant Zoe reeling from the death of her husband, Wash, Mal is finding himself and his ship in greater danger than ever."

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For Jeanty -- who has worked on Joss Whedon's two comic book "seasons" of Buffy -- switching to another Whedon series presented a problem that most may not have considered. "When I was drawing Buffy, I could start from scratch," the artist told CBR. "Sure, I had to keep in-line with how the characters looked, but everything [else] was up for grabs. Sunnydale was destroyed, so I didn't have to keep in-line with the architecture. With [Serenity], there are seven characters and a ship to consider. When they're on Serenity -- fans know what every inch of that ship looks like, so I have to be very meticulous with my depiction."

Alongside the television series and movie, Jeanty is casting his net wide when it comes to influences on the new series, mentioning Blade Runner, Outland and Alien as important visual touchstones, as well as comic book artists Walt Simonson, Geof Darrow and Moebius.

The series -- the launch date and writer of which are both still under wraps -- is "definitely a learning experience," Jeanty said. "I have a very small window to master these characters, and I'll probably be finished with the series before I get there!" Expect more news about Serenity's relaunch at next month's New York Comic-Con.