The Chinese characters in the Serenity logo on the cover of
all three issues of the mini-series spell out "Ninjing",
which means "Serenity".
On page 2, Agent Dobson reappears. He was last seen in
"Government Goods", where
he was seemingly killed on Whitefall when Mal shot him in
the head. Here, we see that he lost his right eye but
survived. Dobson now has an ocular device over his
right eye socket.
On page 5, panel 2, the thug has a tattoo on his left arm of
a skull with a bar code above it. Below the skull are a
couple of designs that may be Chinese characters.
The presence of Badger and his operation tells us that
Serenity has landed at the Eavesdown Docks on
Page 6 indicates that Serenity has some nozzles
built around the door of the loading ramp that are capable
of emitting a knockout gas to stop intruders.
On page 7, panel 2, we see the depth of Dobson's obsessive
hatred for Mal since the shooting. Mal's name is written and
scratched into furniture and paper throughout Dobson's shack,
along with such words as "kill", "die", "dead", "pain",
"hate", and "bastard". Schematics of a Firefly-class
ship are seen hanging on a wall and on a bulletin board. A
photo of Mal has darts imbedded in it. A practice dummy
dressed like Mal has an axe buried in its chest. Another
dummy is shot full of holes. There is even a voodoo doll
dressed like Mal with a knife stabbed through it.
On page 8, panel 2, there is a poster of the worlds of the
Verse in the background.
On page 9, Badger refers to the characters Fanty and Mingo
as "backbirths". In the Verse, "backbirth" is a reference to
someone dumb or born on one of the backwater worlds. Fanty
and Mingo are only mentioned, not seen, in this issue but
they do appear as twin fences in
On page 10, Badger refers to the Battle of Sturges as the
bloodiest battle of the war, but Mal disagrees, without
elaborating. Mal is likely thinking of the Battle of
Serenity Valley, which essentially finished the
Independents' chances in the war and in which Mal
participated as a Browncoat sergeant. The splash page on
page 11 appears to depict a scene from this battle with Mal
in the middle of it.
On page 15, Mal makes a reference to Shepherd Book about
stealing a vehicle. This is a reference to Book's actions in
"Those Left Behind" Part
1, in which he stole a hovermobile to pull Mal's group's
fat out of the fire.
In the lettercol of
Serenity: Better Days #1, a letter writer says that
Wash's statement that he took the job flying Serenity to be with Zoe doesn't make
sense because he only met her on board in the first place. Joss replies, "He met
her as he checked out the ship. So he could have taken the job
'cause of her."
As the rest of the crew join Wash and Zoe on the bridge to
view the spaceship graveyard on page 19, River indiscreetly
says, "It stinks like sex in here." It's a funny line and
she's right, as it's strongly implied just a couple panels
earlier that Wash and Zoe have just made love. (Notice also
that Zoe is buttoning up the top of her shirt as the crew
arrives.) But how is River familiar with the smell of sex?
We don't get the impression from her and her past that she
is experienced in that aspect of life.
One of the ships in the space graveyard on page 21 appears
to be an Alliance Tohoku-class cruiser (seen
previously in "The Train Job"
The spacesuits worn
by Mal, Zoe, and Jayne at the end of this issue do not
appear to be the same ones seen occasionally in TV episodes
of Firefly. But, at the beginning of
"Those Left Behind" Part 3,
the suits have magically transformed into the TV versions!
(Thanks to the
Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for the translations)
Chinese characters are visible on signs at the Eavesdown Docks on
Mal says "shenme gongzuo dou meiyou"
"without any work"
Mal says "kao"
Wash says, "Guaiguai long de dong!"
"What the hell!"
Did Badger know he was setting up Mal and the crew for Dobson's
trap when he gave him the tip about the cash treasure at the
site of the Battle of Sturges?
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