Sunday Digest 02/02/2014 – this weekend’s must-read digital comics featuring Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1, Molly Danger #3 and Tall Tales from the Badlands #3
This weekend’s must-read digital comics include Dark Horse Comics’ latest resurrection of a Joss Whedon TV series in Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1, more action from the runner up in our digital comic of the year poll Molly Danger and an indie spirited ‘weird west’ anthology called Tall Tales from the Badlands #3.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
The latest Joss Whedon TV project to be resurrected in comic book form, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, takes the characters from hit TV series Firefly and continues their adventures 8 months after the events of the movie Serenity. With captain Mal Reynolds hiding out in deep space with his crew, including a heavily pregnant Zoe, (but no Jayne!), and the alliance chasing him down after revealing the secrets of the Reavers and the Alliance’s genocide on Miranda, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind is packed with the same kind of smart alec dialogue and engaging characters that you would expect from the Whedon-verse – especially seeing as this 6 issue mini-series is written by the main-man’s brother Zack. For fans of the TV series this is an essential read with everything you could hope for, even though this first issue is a bit low on actions as it is mainly about putting the characters into play for the rest of the series. However, for those who are new to Firefly, this is a great jumping on point and more than lives up to the hype that surrounds it. We may never get another TV series of Firelfy now that Whedon is off making Avengers movies, but at least with the comic universe we can still enjoy the adventures of Captain Mal and his crew of misfits.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 is available from Dark Horse Digital for
Molly Danger #3 (Action Lab Comics)
The runner up in our digital comic of the year poll Molly Danger’s adventures continue to develop at pace in the latest issue of this superb indie digital comic series from Action Lab Entertainment. After the action-packed first issue and the more thoughtful second, issue three is a perfect balance of both, further developing Molly’s back story thanks to a guided tour of the Molly Museum, and also developing her relationship with new D.A.R.T. pilot Austin. But don’t worry there’s also plenty of action with Molly and Austin taking on the cybernetically enhanced Slipscott and beginning to ask the question of why these super mechs do what they do. If you’re tired of over-wrought, introspective, angsty superheroes then Molly Danger is the perfect antidote It has all the light tone and great visuals of classic Marvel and DC, but with an incredibly well thought out emotional core that makes it great to read. And what’s even better is it’s perfect for all ages.
Molly Danger #3 is available from ComiXology for £0.69/$0.99
Tall Tales from the Badlands #3 (Black Jack Comics)
The western comic is enjoying something of a revival these days with titles like Cullen Bunn’s The Sixth Gunn and MonkeyBrain’s East Is West breathing new life into a genre which many might have assumed had been relegated to history. Tall Tales from The Badlands is an anthology from Black Jack Press with each issue featuring a collection of wierd and wonderful tales from the wild west. In stark black and white, which better suits these old time tales (rather than being awash with digital colour), the stories may start off as good old-fashioned tales of the old country, but a couple of them have an interesting twist at the end which definitely catches you by surprise (but not all which is also good!). Now on their third issue, this latest installment features a brilliant mix of action, adventure and intrigue, as well as a generous bit of emotional pathos too, especially in stand out offering like Robert Napton and Franco Cespedes ‘Rustlers’ and Sean Fakey and Ruben Rojas’ ‘Where the heart is’. Tall Tales from the Badlands, is much more than just a collection of tales about gunslingers, it’s a genre anthology that blends horror, sci-fi and action, but just happens to have a wild west setting, so don’t skip this one just because you don’t traditionally read wild west books.
Tall Tales from the Badlands is available digitally from DriveThru Comics, My Digital Comics, WOWIO, Graphicly for £1.49/$1.99