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Will Newly Licensed Serenity Soar… or Crash & Burn?

On Friday of last week, Dark Horse Comics began promoting their newly licensed property, Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity universe, with the hash tag #WheresSerenity? This is great news for fans of the series, who’s cult following responded so strongly to its early cancellation that it prompted the movie Serenity, which served as a kind of completion to the series. So, while the universe will undoubtedly be revisited with Dark Horse Comics’ upcoming releases, the question still remains, will it be any good?

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This is the unfortunate nature of licensed properties, they often aren’t very good. Why is that? Well, sometimes the cost of acquiring a title is so high that not much is left for matching up high profile titles with high profile creative teams. Other times a publisher is really just making a money grab, so quickly getting the title on shelves trumps quality (and even coherent) storytelling and/or artwork.

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Personally, I feel like Dynamite’s Game of Thrones is a sad example of a licensed comic not working out. Boom Studio’s Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm, however, has been a shining example of a what a great team with a great property can do (writers Corinna Sara Bechko & Gabriel Hardman, with artist Damian Couceiro). So, here’s looking at you, Dark Horse. Hopefully this isn’t just a cash grab but a real journey deeper into the universe of Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity. Only time will tell.

 

~ Tim Jenkins ~

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