Firefly

Firefly #9

by Alan Rapp on October 22, 2019

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Firefly #9 comic reviewThings aren’t going great for Malcolm Reynolds or the crew of Serenity. Mal is in custody of those who would like to see him hanged for war crimes. Meanwhile, Zoe has pulled together several of the surviving Browncoats to fight to get Mal back. While the cause used to rally them was Mal’s capture, the Browncoats are just itching for a fight (which is also the view of the Unificators who have played both sides bringing forces together in a familiar spot for one more battle).

As for Boss Moon, she and Mal have come to an understanding (of sorts) and are now working together. This of course throws a wrench into everyone’s plans (including Inara who has been working contacts of her own to try and get Mal pardoned). Did I mention how bleak things look for our intrepid crew?

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Firefly: Bad Company #1

by Alan Rapp on March 28, 2019

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Firefly: Bad Company #1 comic reviewThe over-sized special Firefly: Bad Company #1 offers a further look at a fan-favorite character. Told mostly through flashbacks of Saffron while being interrogated by the Alliance, we learn a thing or two about the woman who nearly beat Malcolm Reynolds and his crew (twice). What’s interesting about the set-up, is everything is told from Saffron’s point-of-view, leaving us to wonder what (if any) of the story is true. While the agent attempts to make Saffron a deal, to team-up against Malcolm Reynolds, Saffron has other plans.

Introducing the character as a child and thief, with family and friends decimated by the Pox, the story offers a plausible explanation to how Saffron came into contact with Companions and learned more than a little from her time with them.

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Firefly #2

by Alan Rapp on December 28, 2018

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Firefly #2 comic reviewThings are never boring, or simple, for the crew of Serenity. After crashing and taking a job of protecting a wagon train of folks to their holy site, things get more complicated by the arrival of Alliance soldiers looking for two war criminals: Mal and Zoe. With the offer of a massive reward for the pair, the local gang decides to try and take down the two Browncoats instead of the wagon train. Things don’t go as well as they hoped.

There’s quite a bit of action here including flashbacks to Serenity Valley and the current firefight between our heroes and the local thugs who turn out to have just enough courage to die in the middle of nowhere at the hands of the war criminals and Jayne.

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Firefly #1

by Alan Rapp on November 20, 2018

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Firefly #1 comic reviewTaking place prior to the events of Serenity, BOOM! Studios new comic takes us back to the ‘verse where Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew aim to misbehave. Opening with Serenity in bad shape, the first issue offers new troubles for the crew in the form of ghosts from Mal and Zoe‘s past. Marooned on a moon in the Outer Rim with a bounty on their heads and in need of repairs they can’t pay for, it will take some work to get the crew of Serenity flying once again.

Writer Greg Pak manages to capture the humor of the original show, and I’m so glad to see a new story featuring Wash (who met his untimely end in the film). I’m a little more on the fence about Dan McDaid’s blocky art which fits some characters better than others.

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  • Title: Firefly – The Train Job / War Stories
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Firefly - The Train Job / War Stories TV review

This week’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us into the black for more of Joss Whedon‘s Firefly. Although separated by several episodes, “The Train Job” and “War Stories” are connected by the team’s involvement with the sadistic criminal Adelai Niska (Michael Fairman) who hires Serenity and her crew to perform a job for him in “The Train Job” and proceeds to take his pound of flesh in “War Stories” for their failure to see the job through. Both episodes are character-driven and delve into the people who keep Serenity flying. In the first we discover that, despite being smugglers and outlaws, there is a limit to how far Mal (Nathan Fillion) and his crew will go. And in the second we see the complex dynamic in the Mal/Zoe (Gina Torres)/Wash (Alan Tudyk) relationship along with how far the rest of those aboard the ship will go when one of them is put in danger by a sadistic madman like Niska.

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