In other words, this graphic novel is for the fans out there who will love the story, the inside jokes, the references that root this story in the well defined 'Verse of the television series and movie. Some of the self-referential moments are purely visual.
I mention that the references are occasionally visual because the thing I liked least about this graphic novel is the artwork. Don't misunderstand. It is good. I showed it to both my daughter and my husband and there was a consensus. The artwork is good but vague. It's difficult to recognize the very familiar characters. Having read a few other graphic novels from the Whedonverse, I can say that most of the characters are recognizable, not necessarily in each and every panel but most of the time. So it was a bit disappointing to find myself struggling to tell whether Mal or Simon was talking in one panel or even a whole page.
Still, the story more than makes up for whatever lack there is in the visuals. There are familiar characters from the television series, one in particular that thrilled me. To say anything more, would to give away too much. I'm avoiding spoilers as best I can. Suffice it to say, fans of the show and movie will have a great time with this graphic novel in spite of its cliffhanger ending.
ARGH! All of the previous graphic novels have not been a part of an ongoing story. So yes, I am disappointed even as I'm sitting on the edge of my seat eagerly awaiting the next collection. Hurry up, Whedonverse (Zack, Joss, Greorges Jeanty, Favio Moon, et al). Your Browncoats are eagerly awaiting the next installment!