Story: Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews and Will Conrad
Series: Serenity #2
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
While this is the second volume in the Serenity comic series, it is hard to classify it as a sequel to Those Left Behind. Better Days does not pick up where Those Left Behind ended; instead, it is set in a time during Firefly, before the events of Those Left Behind.
The core of the story, regardless of its placement along the Firefly/Serenity timeline is solid. After a heist that actually goes according to plan, the team gets to enjoy a little R&R time and we get to explore the characters a little more by seeing what each of them would do if they were basking in wealth.
But since happy days are not what the Serenity crew are accustomed to, the tides quickly change and the action and witty banter hold true to what we have come to expect from this wonderful set of characters.
The ending, a revealing moment between Mal and Inara, is a perfect ending and really sums up what makes Mal… Mal. My biggest gripe with this installment is that it is far too short in my opinion.
On to the next one!