Browncoats rejoice -- Dark Horse Comics' "Serenity" miniseries writer has been revealed. According to Nerdist, Zack Whedon (brother to "Firefly" creator/"Avengers" director Joss Whedon and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." co-showrunner Jed Whedon) will shepherd the crew of Serenity on an all-new adventure starting January 29, when the first installment of the six-issue miniseries "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind" hits stores.
"The challenge is to create something that feels of a piece with the existing franchise... but theÂ 'Serenity'/'Firefly' world is where I feel most confident," Whedon told Nerdist. "Beyond that, the challenge is to make something good,Â something that feels like it is building on what is already there rather than just mimicking it. [The series will] plow forward into the future of these characters and tell new stories which has been a lot of fun. ... I know fans have been starving for story, so I don't hold back in that regard."
The creative connection to the Whedonverse doesn't stop with Zack Whedon, who previously worked in the "Firefly" universe for "A Shepherd's Tale." Longtime "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" interior artist Georges Jeanty was revealed as the artist for "Leaves on the Wind" in September.
"'Firefly' is a lot darker than 'Buffy,'" Jeanty told CBR. "There are way more shadows and shading than with 'Buffy.' Also, when I was drawing 'Buffy,' I could start from scratch. 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 'Firefly' 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. Not to mention there are a few very subtle differences in the ship from TV to the movie. This is definitely a learning experience, one I don't think I'll fully master until the series is over!"
"Serenity: Leaves on the Wind" #1 hits stores January 29.