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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (Part 1) "Leaves on the Wind" Part 1
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 (Dark Horse)

Script: Zack Whedon
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Karl Story
Cover A: Daniel Dos Santos
Cover B: Georges Jeanty


Where is Serenity?


Read the story summary at the Firefly/Serenity Database


Notes from the Serenity chronology


Zoe gives birth to her and Wash's baby in this issue, so it must be about 9 months after "Living Weapon".


Didja Know?


The Chinese characters printed as part of the Serenity logo of the comic are the word "Ninjing", which means "Serenity".


The title of this mini-series, Leaves on the Wind, is based on Wash's phrase spoken in "Living Weapon" as he pilots Serenity, "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar…"


Didja Notice?


The inside front cover of this issue gives a setup of the 'verse and a very brief summation of events in the Serenity movie.


The small print of a restaurant menu display is seen on the left-hand edge of page 2. If you have good eyes (or a magnifying glass) one can see that the words are related to an actual menu, with items such as beef, chicken, hot dog, fish ball, fish tofu, rice cake, squid, chicken wing, and potato visible.


On page 3, panel 1, notice that a couple of men are hanging posters of a stylized fist bearing the slightly altered markings of the flag of the Independent Planets during the Unification War.
Resistance logo Independent Planets flag
Resistance logo Independents' flag


On page 5, the sword in the glass display case on the female Alliance officer's desk appears to be the same type used by the Operative in the Serenity movie. It's not his sword though because he still has his when Mal finds him in "Leaves on the Wind" Part 3. The bald man in the room with the Alliance officer is revealed in "Leaves on the Wind" Part 4 to be an Operative as well, named Denon. And the female Alliance officer may be yet another Operative referred to as Kalista by the Operative in "Leaves on the Wind" Part 4. All three Operatives use similar swords.


On page 7, speculation on where Malcolm Reynolds and the crew of Serenity are hiding runs rampant. Suggestions by members of the New Resistance are that they are on Three Hills, Haven, or Shadow. Three Hills was mentioned by Mal as a possible location to sell stolen goods in "Serenity". Haven appeared in a few previous stories. Shadow, as stated here, is Mal's homeworld, as previously stated in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" and "Triggered".


On page 7, Bea refers to Mal as the greatest military mind alive. Tee-hee.


On page 8, Edgar states that Mr. Universe is a pervert and sexual deviant. The 'verse in general must not be aware of Mr. Universe's death (in "Living Weapon"). Edgar's reference to him as a sexual deviant may be due to his having married a sexbot, as revealed in "A Better World".


This issue reveals that Inara has been decommissioned from her duties as a space, I mean Companion. Inara implies her decommission was due to her involvement with the activities of Serenity and its crew and the broadcast they made in "Living Weapon".


This issue reveals that Jayne has left the crew.


In this issue Kaylee is wearing a tank top with a cartoon character on it that may be one of the Fruity Oaty Bars mascots. A televised advertisement for Fruity Oaty Bars was seen in "Triggered".
Kaylee's tank top Fruity Oaty Bars mascot
Kaylee's tank top Fruity Oaty Bars mascot


Zoe gives birth to her and Wash's baby, a girl she names Emma.


Some internal bleeding in Zoe after giving birth leads the Serenity crew to seek treatment on a medical ship in orbit over Paquin. This world was mentioned previously in "Out of Gas".


On page 15, Zoe has a nightmare reliving Wash's death in "Living Weapon".


Bounty hunter Jubal Early wears the same space suit here he wore in "Objects in Space".


In this issue Jayne appears to be wearing the chullo his mother knitted and sent to him, which he received in "The Message"


On page 23, the exterior of the Cobb house is actually modeled on the house used in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series (another Joss Whedon creation) as Buffy's house! (This was pointed out by letter writer Maaike van Eekelen in the lettercol of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #5.)

Cobb house Buffy house
Cobb house Buffy house (from flickr)


On page 23, notice that the three windows on the front door of the Cobb homestead change their diagonal direction from the closed door in panel 3 and the open door in panel 4. Whoops. 


Chinese translations
(Thanks to the Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for the translations)
Most of the Chinese and Japanese characters seen throughout this mini-series were copied from a Japanese Godzilla book by artist Georges Jeanty, who admits he was simply looking for symbols that looked cool, making most of them nonsensical in context. For this reason, I am not posting most of the translations here. Please visit Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for those translations and the Jeanty story. The translations I have included are ones that seem to make at least some sense with the context/characters.
Page/Panel Chinese English
14/5 The Chinese symbol yu hangs on the wall of Zoe's quarters. universe/space
23/4 Jayne's t-shirt has Japanese characters spelling Gojira Godzilla


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