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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Serenity: The Warrior and the Wind Serenity
"The Warrior and the Wind"
Free Comic Book Day 2016 (Dark Horse)

Script: Zack Whedon
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Karl Story
Cover: Sean Cooke


River tells little Emma a bedtime story.


Read the full story summary at the Firefly/Serenity Database

Didja Know?

"The Warrior and the Wind" is an 8-page story that appeared in Free Comic Book Day 2016.

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

Mal (also as the Pirate Captain)
Zoe (also as the Warrior)
Jayne (also as the Giant)
Simon (also as the Doctor)
Kaylee (also as the Flower Girl)
River (also as the Dancer)
Wash (the Wind)
Shepherd Book (the Monk)


Didja Notice?


On page 1, Mal, Zoe, Jayne, Simon, and Kaylee are heading off from Serenity on the hover-mule, introduced in "Better Days" Part 1 and last seen in "Triggered".


In panel 2 of page 1, notice that Emma's crib has a couple of Wash's toy dinosaurs sitting on one of the top bars.


In panel 2 of page 1, notice that Emma is wearing a Blue Sun t-shirt as a nightshirt and that the mobile above her crib has a Firefly-class ship among the dangling objects. Some other objects that were present in "Leaves on the Wind" Part 6 are no longer there: the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, the ancient Slayer weapon called the Scythe from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, something that looked like the submarine called Seaview from the 1960's movie and TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and what appeared to be a picture of a human face (probably Emma's father, Wash).


The characters in River's fable of "The Warrior and the Wind" are, obviously, caricatures of the members of Serenity's crew. Wash is the Wind, depicted with an extremely long mustache on page 3; he was seen to have a mustache when Zoe first met him aboard Serenity in the flashback scenes of "Out of Gas". He is referred to as the Wind because he said, shortly before his death in "Living Weapon", "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."


The ship of the Pirate Captain (Mal) is a sailing ship version of Serenity. The Chinese characters painted on its sails are the Chinese word for serenity.


The purple-bellied creatures are caricatures of Alliance soldiers, who wear purplish armor.


River's fable identity of the Dancer may be a nod to the fact that the actress who played River, Summer Glau, was also a ballet dancer.


The "wild men" depicted on pages 6-7 are the Reavers the crew encountered in the Serenity movie (beginning with "Triggered" in the PopApostle chronology).


A photo of Wash is seen on a nightstand near Emma's crib in the last panel of page 8.


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