"Firefly" was a TV show doomed from the start, but every nerd/friend of a nerd currently living knows how the story went: It was a brilliant show cancelled after half a season, but embraced so fervently during and after its demise that it went on to become a major film.
This comic is set firmly between the TV show and the film, which gives fans the "purest" incarnation of the TV show they still love (note the lack of film spoilers). It features not one but two villains from the very first episode of the show - Badger, who can always be relied upon to do the greedy thing, and Agent Dobson (who fans will remember as somebody Mal shot in the head), as well as the extremely creepy gentlemen in gloves.
I won't ruin the story except to say that it feels very much like another TV episode - which is a compliment. Like all great comic series, however, Book 1 ends with the main plot wrapped up but a larger ongoing plot beginning to rear its head.
It's only fair to mention that I can tell by the dialogue that Whedon was less involved in this book than he was in the X-Men: Gifted graphic novel. It's still very good, however.
With the legitimacy of Joss Whedon on the cover of his own beloved series, the artwork was always going to be good. It doesn't disappoint. The colours are lovingly done with a strong underlying hint of brown - precisely as it should be. I found the actual characters a little "uncanny valley" - there's certainly no problem recognising who's who, but they just look a tiny bit off. Mal's eyes are a very bright blue, and several others have overly-bright eyes too. The art more than makes up for its minor flaws by having full-page illustrations of each of the nine characters - all the more precious as the actors' faces change with the passing of time.
The foreword is a special treat, as Nathan Fillion gushes about his love of comics, of "Firefly", and of this comic in particular.
"When I was very young, before I could read, I remember being interested in comic books."