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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

    TJ

    This was a fine collection of short comics, with some better than others, but... did we really need it? We already had an entire issue dedicated to this very idea, stories about Wash; wasn’t that enough? I don’t understand what makes his backstory more interesting than, say, Inara’s or Kaylee’s; surely not interesting enough for another whole book dedicated to it. But here we are. Also, the synopsis says these are “flashes before Wash’s dying eyes,” but... that’s nowhere to be seen in the actual This was a fine collection of short comics, with some better than others, but... did we really need it? We already had an entire issue dedicated to this very idea, stories about Wash; wasn’t that enough? I don’t understand what makes his backstory more interesting than, say, Inara’s or Kaylee’s; surely not interesting enough for another whole book dedicated to it. But here we are. Also, the synopsis says these are “flashes before Wash’s dying eyes,” but... that’s nowhere to be seen in the actual book. These are just random stories, and the final one is AU— which the synopsis does its damnedest to try and justify, but it just doesn’t make any sense. Why advertise a plot that isn’t actually in the book itself? Such a weird decision. Overall, there were some good moments in this book, but I felt it just wasn’t necessary, and the execution (wrapped up with the false advertising) was meh. You can skip this one, especially if you’ve already read the other Wash book, Float Out. But if you’re a Firefly diehard or Wash stan— you’ll find something to enjoy here! 3/5 stars.

  3. 5 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

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Cute side stories, art always trips me up though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kyle B.

    I didn't think I'd like this "variations on a theme" presentation as much as I did. The book plays out very similarly to the equally-emotional "Out of Gas" episode of Firefly, and it really expands Wash's backstory as a character. Usually I get nervous when they try to explain so many details behind character quirks or in-jokes. (See: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"... actually probably don't.) But this book actually did a really good job of enhancing the character authentically. There's a lot of refere I didn't think I'd like this "variations on a theme" presentation as much as I did. The book plays out very similarly to the equally-emotional "Out of Gas" episode of Firefly, and it really expands Wash's backstory as a character. Usually I get nervous when they try to explain so many details behind character quirks or in-jokes. (See: "Solo: A Star Wars Story"... actually probably don't.) But this book actually did a really good job of enhancing the character authentically. There's a lot of references and symbolic foreshadowing if you're paying attention, which is as clever as it is a bit of an emotional gut-punch. (Oh the sudden, but inevitable betrayal!) Obviously, if you haven't seen Serenity, you should definitely see it before reading this. I kinda liked how the stories flowed into each other very well, the only indication being the sudden arrival of different artists, however this could also be a bit confusing at times. Like a lot of these graphic novels, the artist renditions vary widely in terms of overall satisfaction. Some felt like they captured the character's essence and personalities very well, while others had a feeling like they were colored pre-vis for filmed or animated material we'll never otherwise get; Like they referenced the characters from paper, rather than the actors who portrayed them on the screen. I found some character portryals a little disappointing. That being said, the dialogue is absolutely fantastic, and you can just hear it being voiced as if you were watching it on film. The witty and poetic, sometimes monologue-y writing we love is very much intact here. This story is primarily about Wash and a bit of Zoe of course, so don't expect many lines from your other favorites. All in all, this lovely graphic novel gives us a glimpse of "what might have been," both in the case of different narrative decisions and perhaps an un-cancelled beloved series. I give it 4 soaring leaves on the wind out of 5. ...I'm not crying. You're crying.

  6. 4 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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    So sayeth the cover/copy blurb: "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." How much of that is actually inside? None. The stories contained are completely unconnected. The change in art styles between stories is disconcerting. The failure to place the stories in the established continuity in any way is confusing So sayeth the cover/copy blurb: "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." How much of that is actually inside? None. The stories contained are completely unconnected. The change in art styles between stories is disconcerting. The failure to place the stories in the established continuity in any way is confusing. The GLARING contradictions to continuity border on the sacrilegious. All problems that could have been addressed with half a dozen pages of introduction and narration interspersed among the stories. The only thing that even hints that this is a collection of death visions is the cover blurb, so a complete failure all around.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Krista

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

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Nothing will top “The Shepherd’s Tale,” but this made me get emotional about Wash all over again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Beard

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

  11. 5 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 4 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”.

  15. 4 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    this was a boon for the heart and I'm not going to lie, I cried. The art is beautiful and the stories are interesting. They look back at a life that could have been for Wash and Zoe. It's heart breaking to read some of the stories if you're a Browncoat and are emotionally invested. There are some lovely visits from some old friends in this but not enough to take away from the main stories from Wash and Zoe. I'd definitely recommend this as a follow up to the series and the film. this was a boon for the heart and I'm not going to lie, I cried. The art is beautiful and the stories are interesting. They look back at a life that could have been for Wash and Zoe. It's heart breaking to read some of the stories if you're a Browncoat and are emotionally invested. There are some lovely visits from some old friends in this but not enough to take away from the main stories from Wash and Zoe. I'd definitely recommend this as a follow up to the series and the film.

  17. 4 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Perry-Larkin

    “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!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the tale of Wash. Tales of Wash, your favorite pilot from Firefly. This is both uplifting and sad and there's a pretty big ret-con/fantasy that I enjoyed. Would read again. Like others who saw the movie, I felt like a certain character was done wrong. This book made me feel much better about that ending. This is the tale of Wash. Tales of Wash, your favorite pilot from Firefly. This is both uplifting and sad and there's a pretty big ret-con/fantasy that I enjoyed. Would read again. Like others who saw the movie, I felt like a certain character was done wrong. This book made me feel much better about that ending.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Roth

    Enjoyed the beginning, but the issues are a bit disjointed if you don't know what the theme is beforehand. I enjoy anything with Wash in it, though, so I was feeling it the whole time. Tears on that first issue. ❤️ Enjoyed the beginning, but the issues are a bit disjointed if you don't know what the theme is beforehand. I enjoy anything with Wash in it, though, so I was feeling it the whole time. Tears on that first issue. ❤️

  22. 5 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dave Timney

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

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This was the closure I needed. ❤️

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ame

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

  26. 4 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Not a huge fan of the art style, but I do like the glimpses at Wash’s past and the glimpses into the future that should have been. I’m a leaf on the wind...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Cassidy

    Lovely! I teared up twice. It has all the witty dialogue the show did and all the ups and downs <3

  30. 4 out of 5

    Calvin Daniels

    Love the Firefly 'Verse. This one had a sadness to it, but another glimpse at one of the crew. Love the Firefly 'Verse. This one had a sadness to it, but another glimpse at one of the crew.

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