"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
"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)
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
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
Serenity. The Chinese
characters painted on its sails are the Chinese word for
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
A photo of Wash is seen on a nightstand near Emma's crib in
the last panel of page 8.
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