It's a good book, as a collection of the comics; and I'm looking forward to book 2. But it wasn't sparkling.
The art itself is good quality, and the humour was typical Firefly Serenity as I remember the TV shows. However, I found the pacing to be off and I failed to connect in places; the flow wasn't there and I ended up looking at a panel and wondering what the connection to the previous panel was, and why was I now reading something which seemed totally disjointed.
There were some good parts in it, and the plot is what I'd expect. They never do get to keep the gold, despite all the trouble they go to.
It did go in to Shepherd Book's history; in an interesting reverse fashion, showing key snippets of his life and the decisions he made.. but in reverse. In each section, he was younger than in the previous. It was a very engaging part of the book.
Although I'm not like a cat on a hot tin roof waiting for book 2, I am looking forward to its eventual arrival in February.