Judging by the hat worn by the boy to whom Shepherd Book speaks on pages 1-2, he is the same one whom Kaylee had grown
fond of, as seen in "A Better
On page 3, Book reveals that the Alliance ship that attacked
and all-but-destroyed the sanctuary on Haven was an
A.V.-Sparrow short-range gunship.
Page 6 suggests that Book left Serenity two years
before his death on Haven in the Serenity movie
Better World"). But, in the movie, Mal states it's been
only 8 months that River has been on board (see "Triggered")
and both River and Book first boarded on the same day, in
"Serenity". Not only do these two
durations contradict, but neither feels right. 8 months
seems too short and 2 years too long.
On page 6, Jayne is wearing a previously unseen t-shirt with a flamingo on the
front and a Chinese symbol on the left sleeve.
Trying to defend his life, Jayne remarks to Book, "I did
right by those mud lovers," on page 6. This is a reference
to the events of "Jaynestown".
Also on page 6, Jayne refers to River as a jelly brain.
The door to Book's quarters on page 9 does not look like the
ones seen for the passengers' dorm of Serenity in
episodes of Firefly. In the series, the passengers' rooms have
sort of Chinese-style sliding, rectangular doors, not the
vaguely oval-shaped ones seen in many other parts of the
Pages 10-13 depict Book's decision to leave Southdown Abbey,
which he told Kaylee he was leaving in
"Serenity". Throughout this
sequence, we see him toting the same luggage he had in that
episode (though there are some minor differences that can be
chalked up to artistic license).
Panels 4 and 5 of page 13 are flashbacks to Book's first
encounter with Kaylee at the Persephone docks as seen in
"Serenity". Kaylee's parasol is
not quite colored correctly compared to the one seen in the
episode. The parasol was patterned with stripes in a white,
red, yellow, green order in the episode, but is shown as
white, green, yellow, red here.
On page 19, panel 4, a pair of old boots is seen dangling
from a power line above Book as he walks the streets. This
is seen in many neighborhoods of our own world. There does
not seem to be any one accepted reason for this practice.
Some think they are a gang symbol or indication of a drug
dealer in the area. Other explanations are that it is
merely an expression of folk art.
On page 24, Book is shoved into an escape vessel, a pod
similar to the one used by the Operative in
On page 26, Staff Sergeant Hope Claypool is being
interrogated by officer Book. It's revealed that she was
picked up outside an Alliance station on Dyton. As such, a
reader of this story might wish to imagine her voice with a
Cockney accent, as used by River in
"Safe", where it's suggested that Dyton was colonized by
people of British origin.
On page 27, an Alliance report tells that Book came up
through the ranks from a law-enforcement outfit on Jiangyin.
This planet appeared in
On pages 30-31, the Alliance soldiers are shown wearing the
Starship Troopers body armor, as seen in various
episodes of Firefly (see
In the flashback scenes in which Book is a member of the
Browncoats before the war, he is depicted wearing his hair
in cornrows, as he is later in
Page 35 reveals that Book's left eye was replaced with a
biorobotic eye as a spy device while he was with the
Browncoats. Perhaps if the TV series had continued, we would
have seen Book make use of his bionic eye in some novel manner?
Page 37 reveals that the identity of Derrial Book was stolen
from a young man whom the "new" Book, our Book, murdered.
Page 43 reveals that Book's real name is Henry Evans.
The logo on the independence movement flyer on page 37 is a
variation on the flag of the Independent Planets during the
logo on flyer
Chinese symbol on left sleeve of Jayne's t-shirt
Blue Sun logo is seen on a shipping container, though the Chinese
characters (Qing Ri) in the logo look odd.
Chinese characters on crate.
Chinese character in neon light.
Chinese words appear at the top of the author's afterword.
Possibly the Chinese characters are saying the quote from Shepherd
Book that is printed in English: "The journey is the worthier
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