Serenity, Volume 2: Better Days

Serenity, Volume 2: Better Days

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ISBN-13: 9781595821621
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Series: Serenity Series , #2
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 573,160
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.18(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Joss Whedon was born in New York City in 1964. He started out as a staff writer for the 1990s sitcom Roseanne and worked on films, including Toy Story. In 1992 he penned the script for a film, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and when the TV version starring Sarah Michelle Gellar took off in 1997, Whedon had his big break—with its female action heroine, Buffy, became a huge hit. Whedon wrote hundreds of episodes for Buffy and its spin-off Angel, and was nominated for Emmy and Hugo awards for his work. Whedon has come to enjoy a cult following. The author lives in Santa Monica, California.

Patton Oswalt is a comedian, actor, author, and screenwriter. Oswalt is perhaps best known as the voice of Remy the rat in the film, Ratatouille, but he also gained prominence during the '90s as one of the premier West Coast stand-up comedians. Oswalt's albums Feelin' Kinda Patton, Werewolves and Lollipops, and My Weakness Is Strong are staples of the genre. Oswalt has also been featured in The King of Queens, Big Fan, Young Adult, and The Goldbergs. 

Zack Whedon is a film director and writer for television and comic books. Whedon was educated at Wesleyan University. He began his TV writing career with the HBO show Deadwood and has written and produced a number of other high-profile projects. In the comic book world, Whedon is known for his work on Serenity, The Terminator, and Dr. Horrible. He is the brother of Joss Whedon.

Brett Matthews is a television writer and producer best known for his work on The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. He also wrote two comic book prequels in the Serenity franchise: Serenity: Those Left Behind and Serenity: Better Days. 

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Serenity, Volume 2: Better Days 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Matt_Hatter More than 1 year ago
So, just letting you know i'm a hardcore firefly fan, so i picked up this one along with the first one, and let me tell you, i was stoked, i raced hope and demolished the first comic.(Read my review on its page) Busted open this one and... was highly let down. It's a great story and it's typical firefly, but it just leave me wanting more. I was hoping this series would answer my un-answered questions but all it does it set it up for Whedon's great cop out, Serenity. If your looking for answer you'll find none here, just more questions, like whoa! Zoe was a dust devil! sweet. But then you are left with just that small tidbit of info. So overall, i love it yes because its firefly, but then im left with a sense of longing. pick it up. read it. bag it.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Summary: Mal and the rest of the crew of Serenity are pretty used to having their heists not going exactly to plan. What they're not used to is to having their heists go better than planned. When a job turns up unexpected millions, the crew has to deal with suddenly being rich... and they all take a turn planning to do with their cut. But the good times never last, and soon they run up against not one but two men who want to take everything away - for good.Review: Three things to know about Serenity: Better Days:1) It is listed as Volume 2, but that is purely a publishing order. Better Days and Those Left Behind both take place between the end of Firefly the show and before the movie Serenity, but plot-wise, they're totally unrelated to each other, and Better Days actually comes first in the show's internal chronology. 2) It is the equivalent of a single episode of TV. It is therefore short, even for a graphic novel. This means that while it is very fast-moving, it also doesn't explain a some fairly large details, and that since there are not one but two baddies, neither of them are developed particularly well. 3) It still looks and feels very much like a Joss Whedon script, with everyone sounding like themselves, and with a few nice callbacks to earlier episodes. Everyone mostly looks like themselves as well, and while there were a few visual notes that struck me as out of place (highways with traffic-jammed cars? on a central planet?), there were also a few bits (namely, River's plans for her share of the booty) whose awesomeness counteracted any of the other quibbles I had. 3.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: I liked Those Left Behind better, mostly because of its better-developed story, but any excuse to spend an hour with the Serenity crew is a welcome one.
EmScape on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This graphic novel, like the previous "Those Left Behind" reads like a lost episode from the series. The best part, though, is the showcase of what each of the crew members would do if they scored a big job and had a fortune in cash. It also reveals a little more about the history of the 'verse and more on why Mal and company are being hunted so fiercely by the Alliance. Excellent artwork, with no trouble discerning which character is being depicted, although Simon and River don't look *quite* right, everyone else is very well done. Also includes a forward by Adam Baldwin who is intensely amusing whether Joss is writing for him or not. Recommended for fans of FireflyandSerenity.
savageknight on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A decent enough read, although not as high a calibre book as the first one. Still, just the fact that it's the Firefly crew is what makes it special. Those characters are so well-defined that any chance to see them (or read about them) is one worth taking.
Fence on LibraryThing 10 months ago
not world altering. Still, more adventures from Serenity are always welcome
Anome on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I deliberately didn't buy this in issues when it came out because the cover illustrations disturbed me. Sadly, they are preserved as chapter headings in the trade paperback.As much as I like these characters, I didn't really find this story very satisfying. I think it may have suffered from Whedon's attention span, split between a new TV show, an internet show, Buffy, Angel, and Astonishing X-Men. Given the work he has been doing with Buffy and Astonishing, this should have been better. Maybe I need to read it again to get a better sense.
Homechicken on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This was a great story. Not a follow-up to Those Left Behind, but a totally separate story where Mal and his crew pull a heist that ends up netting them millions of credits. There's also a revelation about Zoe's past that you can certainly believe in but don't expect. It was a fun story, and I hope there will be many more.
Pagemistress on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The chief joy of these graphic novels is, of course, spending time with the much-loved and dearly missed crew of Serenity. This second graphic outing doesn't seem to hang together quite as well as the first, but for those of us who still mourn the passing of Firefly, it's worth the investment.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This graphic novel takes place sometime during the regular timeframe of Firefly. The crew finally have themselves a heist that ends up in uncovering a huge amount of cash. As they daydream what they will do with all the money, someone is chasing them down coming to kill Malcolm Reynolds, but little does he know that it is in fact another member of the crew who he wants. Fun romp with the wonderful Firefly/Serenity characters. Nothing too special but a bit of fun to read. The artwork is fun and an introduction by Adam Balwin (Jayne) is an added bonus.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I'm a big fan of the short-lived television series Firefly and the related feature film Serenity. Part Western, part Space Opera, Americana with a smattering of Chinese culture thrown in, it was a witty, intelligent series with the ability to evoke hysterical laughter in one episode, or move you to tears in another. This comic is second in a series that falls chronologically into the gap between the television episodes and the film. The first one, Those Left Behind dealt with how and why Shepherd Book and Inara left the ship.I'm not really a fan of comics, and certainly didn't feel the first one came up to the standard of any of the episodes or the feature film. I can't imagine it as an introduction to the Firefly universe, but I thought it better done by and large than the Buffy Season 8 series of comics and certainly better drawn. I liked this issue quite a bit more than the first however. While I wouldn't rank it with the top filmed episodes, I enjoyed it more than just for a chance to see these characters again. I was amused by the fantasies of the various characters were they to make it rich, it had a real theme, a touching ending, and a revealing look into Zoe's backstory. So if you liked Those Left Behind, well, I think this one is even better.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: Serenity: Better Days follows everyone's favorite space cowboys in a thrilling, action-packed adventure, where Mal and his crew take on a heist that promises a big payoff. But when one of Serenity's crew is taken captive and tortured, the gang must put their enduring differences aside and work together to save one of their own, even if it means losing the cash prize of a lifetime! The artwork is decent and the storyline isn’t too bad. I’m not jumping for joy or anything though. I guess it might help if I watch the show. But really, this graphic novel should make me want to claim the tv from the rest of the family and binge watch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t.
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It is Serenity, what more could you ask for other than it never having been canceled.