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A new graphic novel exploring one of the most pivotal moments of Joss Whedon’s acclaimed Firefly, as Wash realizes he’s about to die and the most important moments flash before his eyes- including one that even he never expected. “I AM A LEAF ON THE WIND;  WATCH HOW I SOAR” Return to the critically-acclaimed world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly in an all new graphic novel spotlig A new graphic novel exploring one of the most pivotal moments of Joss Whedon’s acclaimed Firefly, as Wash realizes he’s about to die and the most important moments flash before his eyes- including one that even he never expected. “I AM A LEAF ON THE WIND;  WATCH HOW I SOAR” Return to the critically-acclaimed world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly in an all new graphic novel spotlighting Hoban “Wash” Washburne, pilot of the spaceship Serenity...who has just realized he’s about to die. As Wash’s life flashes before him, he revisits the most important, never before revealed moments in his life, from growing up on a planet so ravaged by pollution that no star could shine in the sky to meeting the woman of his dreams in Zoe, who would become his wife and create a life with him beyond his wildest imagination. And in those final moments, Wash will reach out to connect with a surprising someone he never thought possible to meet...proving that some bonds transcend our mortal coils. Writer Greg Pak and artists Davide Gianfelice and Lalit Kumar Sharma come together to present the unforgettable untold stories of the ‘Verse’s most lovable hero set during his final moments - and how love survives even when we don’t.


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A new graphic novel exploring one of the most pivotal moments of Joss Whedon’s acclaimed Firefly, as Wash realizes he’s about to die and the most important moments flash before his eyes- including one that even he never expected. “I AM A LEAF ON THE WIND;  WATCH HOW I SOAR” Return to the critically-acclaimed world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly in an all new graphic novel spotlig A new graphic novel exploring one of the most pivotal moments of Joss Whedon’s acclaimed Firefly, as Wash realizes he’s about to die and the most important moments flash before his eyes- including one that even he never expected. “I AM A LEAF ON THE WIND;  WATCH HOW I SOAR” Return to the critically-acclaimed world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly in an all new graphic novel spotlighting Hoban “Wash” Washburne, pilot of the spaceship Serenity...who has just realized he’s about to die. As Wash’s life flashes before him, he revisits the most important, never before revealed moments in his life, from growing up on a planet so ravaged by pollution that no star could shine in the sky to meeting the woman of his dreams in Zoe, who would become his wife and create a life with him beyond his wildest imagination. And in those final moments, Wash will reach out to connect with a surprising someone he never thought possible to meet...proving that some bonds transcend our mortal coils. Writer Greg Pak and artists Davide Gianfelice and Lalit Kumar Sharma come together to present the unforgettable untold stories of the ‘Verse’s most lovable hero set during his final moments - and how love survives even when we don’t.

30 review for Firefly: Watch How I Soar (Original Graphic Novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    And now I want to rewatch Firefly.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Almost feels unfair leaving it with it seeming like Mal’s mother shot him, but we’ll see

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Cute side stories, art always trips me up though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    FIREFLY: WATCH HOW I SOAR, available Wednesday from BOOM! Studios, provides some unique inside into a long-standing favorite from the show Firefly. Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne takes center stage for this adventure. Perhaps this should go without saying, but if you’re a fan of Firefly, yet haven’t seen Serenity yet, don’t read Wash’s story, unless you want some major spoilers. Likewise, reading the rest of this review may not be the best idea. Firefly: Watch How I Soar is a graphic novel that collects f FIREFLY: WATCH HOW I SOAR, available Wednesday from BOOM! Studios, provides some unique inside into a long-standing favorite from the show Firefly. Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne takes center stage for this adventure. Perhaps this should go without saying, but if you’re a fan of Firefly, yet haven’t seen Serenity yet, don’t read Wash’s story, unless you want some major spoilers. Likewise, reading the rest of this review may not be the best idea. Firefly: Watch How I Soar is a graphic novel that collects five stories of the one and only Wash, pilot of Serenity. These stories revolve around the ultimate fate for Wash, the one waiting for him at the end of Serenity. Coming alongside these five stories is a massive creative team, with Jeff Jensen, Ethan Young, Jorge Corona, Jared Cullum, Giannis Milonogiannis, Jorge Monlongo, and Jordi Perez all lending a hand to make the project fly. Check out the rest of my review over at Monkeys Fighting Robots

  5. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    The stories in this just make my heart boom an extra beat 😍😢

  6. 5 out of 5

    Milan Pohl

    Spíše než grafickým románem je "Watch How I Soar" volným souborem kratších příběhů z Washova života, napsaných a nakreslených poměrně pestrou škálou tvůrců. Široká paleta výtvarných stylů knize velmi svědčí, navíc lze říci, že i příběhově se jedná o zajímavější (a významnější) epizody než ty, které jsme si mohli přečíst v podobně zaměřeném komiksu "Serenity: Float Out" z éry Dark Horse. Graficky je tenhle svazek vypravený moc pěkně, ostatně na to jsme u BOOM! Studios zvyklí. Zamrzí poměrně laxní Spíše než grafickým románem je "Watch How I Soar" volným souborem kratších příběhů z Washova života, napsaných a nakreslených poměrně pestrou škálou tvůrců. Široká paleta výtvarných stylů knize velmi svědčí, navíc lze říci, že i příběhově se jedná o zajímavější (a významnější) epizody než ty, které jsme si mohli přečíst v podobně zaměřeném komiksu "Serenity: Float Out" z éry Dark Horse. Graficky je tenhle svazek vypravený moc pěkně, ostatně na to jsme u BOOM! Studios zvyklí. Zamrzí poměrně laxní redakční práce - v některých příbězích je Serenity psána kurzívou, v jiných nikoli; Zoë, často psaná bez přehlásky, neoslovuje Malcolma "pane" jako v TV seriálu, nýbrž "Male"; někteří scenáristé opět chrlí názvy nových planet a měsíců, zapomínajíce na to, že jejich množina by měla být konečná, definovaná v publikacích od QMx včetně mapy univerza Firefly/Serenity. Příběh, ve kterém Wash se svým otcem na vesmírné lodi navštíví zapadlý měsíc s dinoparkem, trošku drhne i dějově (dialogy v TV seriálu budily jednoznačný dojem, že před nástupem na akademii toho Wash z vesmíru moc neviděl, ostatně v podobném duchu se nesou i ostatní příběhy v téhle knížce). S těmito drobnými výhradami lze "Watch How I Soar" doporučit každému fanouškovi, ať už díky velice příjemné nostalgii, jejíž závan prostupuje nejsilněji asi posledním příběhem ve stylu "co by, kdyby", nebo třeba proto, že vizuálně je to prostě pošušňáníčko. Celkové hodnocení: 75 %

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    Six variations on a theme of Washburne: "I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar." - Wash, SerenityThis infamously incomplete line nearly ruined the movie for me. Fortunately, this graphic novel goes a long way to rehabilitating my conflicted feelings, by delving into the history and character of the courageous Firefly captain with the boyish face (and toys). The first five stories take place before the events of Serenity. Different artists are involved with each story, the only indication of st Six variations on a theme of Washburne: "I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I soar." - Wash, SerenityThis infamously incomplete line nearly ruined the movie for me. Fortunately, this graphic novel goes a long way to rehabilitating my conflicted feelings, by delving into the history and character of the courageous Firefly captain with the boyish face (and toys). The first five stories take place before the events of Serenity. Different artists are involved with each story, the only indication of story transition. The watercolors for #3 are particularly fantastic. Story #4 destroyed me several times over--especially on the last frame--and reminded me how much I enjoyed watching the dynamics between Wash and his wife Zoë in the TV series. The pair provide a source of dependable stability in contrast to the crew, and indeed the 'verse. The last story threw me for a loop until I happened to read the back cover more closely, and realized it takes place in an alternate universe. (Whew!) There could've been a nice frame story between the covers to explain the setup better. That would've earned a fifth star from this fan. I'm still upset at Wash's gratuitous character arc in Serenity, but this enjoyable anthology does him justice. Finally.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    The latest Firefly original graphic novel from Boom! Studios is focused on the life and times of one Hoban Washburne, or "Wash" as he is known to the legion of dedicated Browncoat fans. The six stories featured in this OGN range from the entirety of Wash's life from a child to a rather speculative story that would seem impossible given the events of the 'Serenity' movie. I will say that while I wasn't keen on some of the artistic renderings, the individual stories themselves gave a lot of insight The latest Firefly original graphic novel from Boom! Studios is focused on the life and times of one Hoban Washburne, or "Wash" as he is known to the legion of dedicated Browncoat fans. The six stories featured in this OGN range from the entirety of Wash's life from a child to a rather speculative story that would seem impossible given the events of the 'Serenity' movie. I will say that while I wasn't keen on some of the artistic renderings, the individual stories themselves gave a lot of insight into how and why Wash became like he was when we meet him. There's some drama, some regrets and a number of action driven sequences as well. And if you are looking for a little wistfulness, the story "The Flight Lesson" (written by Jeff Jensen with art from Jordi Perez, Maxflan Araujo and Fabio Amelia will definitely have you wishing for what might never be. There's a couple of surprises along the way and that helps make this a book all Firefly fans will be glad to add to their collection.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric Benson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really enjoyed this comic. It is a series of flashbacks of and future aspirations for the life of Wash as he dies at the end of “Serenity”. Each story is written and drawn by different people. Some I enjoy more others, but overall it works as a whole. It’s ending seems to set up the new Boom! series “A Brand New Verse” featuring Wash and Zoe’s daughter Emma. The last story also seems to connect with the rumored Disney franchise reboot. The comic is constructed in a nice bookend format and adds t Really enjoyed this comic. It is a series of flashbacks of and future aspirations for the life of Wash as he dies at the end of “Serenity”. Each story is written and drawn by different people. Some I enjoy more others, but overall it works as a whole. It’s ending seems to set up the new Boom! series “A Brand New Verse” featuring Wash and Zoe’s daughter Emma. The last story also seems to connect with the rumored Disney franchise reboot. The comic is constructed in a nice bookend format and adds to the back story of Wash that “Float Out” started. It’s well conceived and each story makes you miss Wash even more, bringing back the shock and rage you had after he is lost at the end of “Serenity”.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Laferney

    The six stories featured in this graphic novel range from the entirety of Wash's life from a child to a rather speculative story about what might have happened had the tragic events in the 'Serenity' movie not taken place. I'm a big Firefly fan, I rewatch the show and film yearly, and Wash is one of my favorite characters, so I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I think the idea of Wash watching his life flash before him and even entering into a speculative realm of what could have been is brill The six stories featured in this graphic novel range from the entirety of Wash's life from a child to a rather speculative story about what might have happened had the tragic events in the 'Serenity' movie not taken place. I'm a big Firefly fan, I rewatch the show and film yearly, and Wash is one of my favorite characters, so I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I think the idea of Wash watching his life flash before him and even entering into a speculative realm of what could have been is brilliant, touching, and sad. Damn. I'm getting all choked up just thinking about it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Wow it was really good. I like the transitions of art and the dialogue flowed super well in my head. I don't know much about Firefly other than it was a really popular scifi show but I think the story was a nice small read about one of the crewmates on the ship. Will make a nice gift to someone who's into space. Wow it was really good. I like the transitions of art and the dialogue flowed super well in my head. I don't know much about Firefly other than it was a really popular scifi show but I think the story was a nice small read about one of the crewmates on the ship. Will make a nice gift to someone who's into space.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Perry

    “You can’t take the sky from me”... omg it’s been so long since I’ve watched this series but this graphic novel literally brought you right back into the world! All the side stories were adorable and I loved that we not only got to see Wash’ childhood but also his family at the end! So cute!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Well that was an emotional roller coaster. Very, very good. The last story kicked my ass, I'm so damn glad we were given that glimpse into what could've been. The art was overall good throughout, with good storytelling and decent dialogue. Loved it all. Well that was an emotional roller coaster. Very, very good. The last story kicked my ass, I'm so damn glad we were given that glimpse into what could've been. The art was overall good throughout, with good storytelling and decent dialogue. Loved it all.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sean Dolan

    An excellent send off to the greatest pilot. Getting his life as he would have is perfectly captured in word and by an array of talented artists.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Beard

    Pure fan service. Some of it better than the rest.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Nice moments of characterization of Wash... but I didn't think it added up to much. Nice moments of characterization of Wash... but I didn't think it added up to much.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wash is my favorite so when I got this for Christmas I squealed like a little girl. The different art forms with the different memories is really cool. The last page... Words escaped me as a fan.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I wanted to love this and I liked parts but it felt a bit disappointing in how it told a true backstory mixed in with what could have been.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dave Timney

    A very touching and funny tale from a beloved character in the firefly universe

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ame

    That last "what could have been" story... oof. That last "what could have been" story... oof.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was the closure I needed. ❤️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Xavier Abad

    love this series and any new stories are great but these are heartfelt especially last story

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    This was a fun look at a series of short stories following the life of the Serenity's pilot, Wash. I enjoyed the mix of different art styles too. This was a fun look at a series of short stories following the life of the Serenity's pilot, Wash. I enjoyed the mix of different art styles too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    David

    Wash was always my least favorite firefly character. it may be because he has less drama than the rest and is the most easygoing crewmember. This has some back story, but it is also a lot of Wash obsessing about his own mortality. Wash might also be the least useful crewmember. I know, he is the pilot and that's pretty important, but a humanity that can master interplanetary travel probably also has a pretty good auto pilot. Piloting (after shooting) is also probably the most widely held skill o Wash was always my least favorite firefly character. it may be because he has less drama than the rest and is the most easygoing crewmember. This has some back story, but it is also a lot of Wash obsessing about his own mortality. Wash might also be the least useful crewmember. I know, he is the pilot and that's pretty important, but a humanity that can master interplanetary travel probably also has a pretty good auto pilot. Piloting (after shooting) is also probably the most widely held skill on the crew and several other characters have flown Serenity or some other craft. When I picked it up I didn't realize it was an anthology. That disappointed me a bit. I don't like graphic anthologies. The drastic change in style from one story to the next doesn't make for a good read. Short story anthologies are better.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  26. 4 out of 5

    Josh Smith

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tony

  28. 5 out of 5

    David Howe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Feldgen Jeffrey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Courtny

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