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Those Left Behind
Launched in 2005 as a tie-in to Serenity. The crew is hired to recover lost treasure from the wreckage of a major space battle. This story ties off some loose ends from the series and introduces a few supporting characters for the movie.
- Back for the Dead: Dobson and the Hands of Blue.
- Derelict Graveyard: The site of a major space battle during the War.
- Double Tap: After shooting Dobson in the head (for the second time), Mal shoots him several more times, just to make sure.
- Eye Scream: Dobson gets shot in the other eye.
- Handicapped Badass: Dobson is alive and well, minus an eye.
- No One Could Survive That!: As it turns out, Dobson survived after being shot in the head and left for dead.
- Room Full of Crazy: Dobson's room has messages like "KILL REYNOLDS" all over the place.
- Weaponized Exhaust: The Hands of Blue meet their end compliments of Serenity's afterburner.
Taking place before Those Left Behind, this story sees the crew finally catching a break, and they all discuss how they plan to spend their newfound fortunes, assuming it doesn't all blow up in their faces...
- Bridge Bunnies: Jayne's plan involves him buying a starship and crewing it with beautiful women.
- Call-Back: Simon is uncomfortable with raiding a Buddhist temple to recover some money hidden there, so Book suggests a donation to the temple, and Mal agrees. While they're digging out the money, a monk happens along. Mal indicates to Jayne that now's the time, so Jayne gives the monk a stack of cash. The monk gasps, "The Hero of Canton... He's real!" And so the legend grows...
- Cloud Cuckoolander: River, naturally; her plan for the money involves a human-sized fish wearing a tuxedo, among other things.
- Electrified Bathtub: Mal knocks a guy into a fountain, and the guy's gun (which has an on-board power source) electrocutes him.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Jayne clarifies that his ship, the Radiant Cobb, would be named for his mother, not himself.
- Hookers and Blow: How Shepard Book claims he will spend his cash. Then assures the stunned crew that he was just messing with them.
- Mecha-Mooks: The unnamed operator of the drone also has several combat robots he brings to bear against the crew. Because they're not alive Book is fine with hacking them apart.
- Tracking Device: The drone the crew snatch "was designed to expel microscopic tracking beacons upon unexpected shutdown or systems failure." This allows the drone operator to track the crew down.
- The Unnamed: The drone operator and the man Mal wants to sell the (stolen) drone to are never named.
The Other Half
The crew is being chased by Reavers, trying to get their client safely back to the ship so they can receive the other half of their fee (the client paid half up front.)
- Ambiguous Situation: Somebody killed the client. Very likely it was River, but it could have also been the Reavers.
- Batman Gambit: Mal suspects that the Client is out to stab him in the back. So he brings River and predicts that the situation will take care of itself.
- Chekhov's Gun: Mal makes a point that he always demands half up front, given the dangerous nature of their line of work. It is pointed out that nobody ever actually gives it to him. Which is how he knew the client was planning to betray them.
- Oh, Crap!: The client realizes that River is on to him.
- The Reveal: Mal brought River along because she could read minds, and could efficiently deal with the Client if he turned out to be an enemy.
- Spot the Thread: Nobody ever pays Mal half up front.
- Trojan Prisoner: The client hired them to transport him, planning to kill them and take their ship once he was aboard.
A group of strangers meet up to hold a memorial for Wash. None of them know each other, but all have worked with him in the past and share stories about his exploits and the debts they owe him.
The Shepherd's Tale
- Abusive Parents: Book's father was a drunk who beat him.
- Anachronic Order: The comic starts with the unseen battle that killed Book in the movie. Each subsequent section jumps backwards a few years to show other important events in his life, and it closes with his childhood.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Book shoots down an Alliance gunship by doing this.
- Electronic Eye: Book volunteered to have one implanted when he was working with the Independents, which they would then use when he joined the Alliance military to learn secrets.
- Eye Scream: Some of the surgery for the above procedure is shown.
- No Honor Among Thieves: In his youth, Book committed crimes, and he's shown abandoning a fellow thief to capture by the police after a job goes wrong.
It's Never Easy
Leaves on the Wind
- Aerial Canyon Chase: Jayne, on a hoverbike, leads some bandits chasing him into a cave. They can't handle the maneuvering and crash.
- Dead Person Conversation: Zoe has one with Wash in a dream.
- Penal Colony: Zoe is deposited on a prison planet by the Alliance.
- Redshirts: Bea's resistance group, who are all murdered by Jubal.
- Tranquilizer Dart: Simon uses one on Iris, a modified girl like River.