Moving on to Serenity, which hasn’t seen many releases in recent years, Scott Allie informed the audience Dark Horse is working on new stories set after the film written by Zack Whedon.
“‘Shepherd’s Tale’ was the first comic we did that really looked at the world from the point of time that the movie ended and afterward,” Allie said. “It showed us Zack could capture the style of that world in a way nobody except for his brother has been able to do, so we said we’ve got to do more Serenity comics with Zack.”
After a few rounds of Star Wars and Serenity trivia, the panelists opened up the floor to a Q&A session. The first audience member asked if Dark Horse has any plans to dive into the history of the Serenity universe.
“For a while we thought we were stuck in that limbo between the TV series and the film,” Allie said. “Then when Whedon opened the doors and said ‘Let’s see what happens next’ we turned all of our attention toward that.”
Allie also noted Serenity won’t be getting a monthly book, but will instead be continued with self-contained stories. “Joss felt that ‘Buffy’ makes sense to publish regularly but with Serenity he wants to keep it special,” he said.
“We did ‘Float Out’ with Patton Oswalt, where we saw Zoe was pregnant. We did a short story with Zack where Zoe was still pregnant. We’re not leaping too far forward,” Allie confirmed in relation to where the new stories take place in the timeline.
An optimistic audience member asked if success of the comics may lead Whedon to push for a revival of the television show.
“He would always want to do more with Serenity. If he could get that cast back together, if he could get all that money, if he could do it right, he loves all those characters,” Allie said. “He’d always want to do it but Hollywood’s a complicated place so he hasn’t been able to.
“I always thought the ‘Avengers’ movie may create the situation where he could do it, but what ‘Avengers’ did was make him super super busy.”
Two alternate versions of a trailer for “The Star Wars” were played for the crowd, featuring a look at the characters as they were originally conceived and a sneak peek of Anakin Starkiller’s quest to take down “The Space Fortress,” as it was called before it was the Death Star.
“Our VP of marketing told us we can’t show this,” Stradley said.
“But he’s not here,” Allie stated.
“The Star Wars” goes on sale September 4 from Dark Horse Comics