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BOOM! Studios Unveils The First Look at Firefly #4

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Firefly #4, arriving in comic book shops on February 27th. New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid, along with series creator & story consultant Joss Whedon continue the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon’s sold-out return to comic books in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. 

The crew’s split up and dealing with Unificators out for justice, gangs out for revenge, and a cult of pilgrims looking for a blood sacrifice. But that’s too many enemies and not enough crew so Mal and Zoe are forced to team up with Boss Moon, the relentless Unificator who’s chased them down to the far outer reaches of the ‘verse and who offers them a devil’s deal: turn themselves in to be tried as war criminals and her people will spare theirs.

Firefly #4 features a main cover by Lee Garbett, along with variant covers by Garbett, Joe Quinones, Marguerite Sauvage, and Jonathan Case.

Firefly #4

Preview: Firefly #3

Firefly #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover A:
Lee Garbett
    Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover C: Marguerite Sauvage
    Incentive Cover D: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover E: Lee Garbett
Price: $3.99

With the Unificators closing in, Mal and Zoe must take some big risks to try to throw the enemy off their scent, as the crew of the Serenity start to grapple with the fact that their captain and first mate might not be who they say they are.

Firefly #3

Review: Firefly #2

Firefly #2

Moral ambiguity abounds in Firefly #2, and there is also shooting, religious satire, Shepherd Book wisdom, and tender conversations between Zoe and Wash in the franchise’s sophomore outing under new licensee BOOM! Studios. Writer Greg Pak continues to nail the voices of the cult favorite characters while artist Dan McDaid and colorist Marcelo Costa for for mood over keeping their character models just like the actor’s likenesses. Costa’s work especially shines in the flashbacks as he, Pak, and McDaid continue to unpack Zoe and Mal’s past without giving the whole game away.

Unlike Dark Horse’s Serenity comics, which acted as a continuation of the 2005 film, Firefly #2 is set before the movie and has the feel of a hypothetical season 2 of the series. This means that Wash and Shepherd Book are alive, well, and stealing scenes although sadly River Tam is relegated to spouting “crazy” things. Pak’s main focus is on Zoe and Mal and their activity in the war between the Independents and the Alliance, which has gotten them declared war criminals by the Unificators.

Pak and McDaid don’t shy away from the horrors of war as Mal has a dark flashback when a member of a pilgrim caravan that the crew of Serenity are protecting is shot in the head. The violence in Firefly #2 isn’t stylish, but dirty, chaotic like the used future setting of the show. During the couple of setpieces in the issue, it is difficult to follow who is targeting who, but this adds to the feeling of uncertainty during the fight. The action sequence also reveals Zoe’s darkness as she threatens a group of bandits with her “reputation” as a war criminal. The shadows around her face and gun are a nice touch from McDaid and Costa, and in his plot, Pak starts to separate Zoe and Mal from the other crew members leading up to more reveals about their actions in the war and how it affects them today.

Even though Firefly #2 is mostly a straightforward space western in the vein of the show it’s based on, Greg Pak injects some satirical elements into the story. For example, when it seems like he and Dan McDaid are setting up a villagers with pitchforks gag of the crew of Serenity’s clients, the pilgrims, leaving them because Mal and Zoe are war criminals, they celebrate that fact. I guess sanctity of life wasn’t under one of their tenets.

I’ve mentioned it earlier, but Dan McDaid and Marcelo Costa’s art is a huge selling point of Firefly #2 and the series in general. It has a rough beauty and really sings when characters converse with each other like Simon trying to get hints from Shepherd Book about Mal and Zoe’s past while being blissfully unaware of Book’s own past, or any time Wash and Zoe interact. McDaid doesn’t just use talking head grid for these sequence, but switches it up like using a diagonal layout for the conversation between Shepherd Book and Simon.

With its attention to the rhythms of how its characters speak, at first, Firefly #2 might seem nostalgic. However, Greg Pak, Dan McDaid, and Marcelo Costa actually start to craft a narrative casting a deep shadow on the characters we’ve quoted, admired, and dressed up like for over a decade. It strikes a nice balance between having its own story and being a prequel.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Dan McDaid
Colors: Marcelo Costa Letters: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.6 Art 7.5 Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Firefly #2

Firefly #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover A:  
Lee Garbett
    Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover C: Marguerite Sauvage
    Incentive Cover D: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover E: Lee Garbett
Price: $3.99

The untold story of the Unification War continues! Stranded on an outer moon and with a price on their heads from Alliance bounty hunters, the crew race against time—and the planet’s population—to fix Serenity and hightail it outta there!

BOOM! Studios Unveils The First Look at Firefly #3

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Firefly #3, arriving in comic book shops on January 16th. New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid, along with series creator and story consultant  Joss Whedon continue the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon’s sold-out return to comic books in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products. 

As the crew learns the shocking truth about the actions of their leaders in the Unification War, they find themselves splintered and more vulnerable than ever to the Unificators . . . and an enemy they never expected. Now, discover the untold origin of their leader Boss Moon as she puts her plan into effect to extract revenge on the two people who ruined her life – Mal and Zoe.

Firefly #3 features a main cover by Lee Garbett, along with variant covers by Garbett, Joe Quinones, and Marguerite Sauvage. It’ll be available January 16th.

BOOM! Studios Unveils A First Look at Firefly #2

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Firefly #2, arriving in comic book shops on December 19th. New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon continue the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon’s return to comic books in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.

The untold story of the Unification War continues as the crew of the Serenity is stranded on an outer moon, with a price on their heads from the Unificators, mercenaries deputized to hunt down war criminals …and that’s the good news. As the darkest secret of Mal and Zoe’s past is revealed, the crew must choose sides as an important new character makes their historic first appearance. War can make villains of even the best men, and Mal’s quest for redemption will force him to make a choice: fix the past or fight for the future.

Firefly #2 features a main cover by Lee Garbett, along with variant covers by Garbett, Joe Quinones, and Marguerite Sauvage.

Preview: Firefly #1

Firefly #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A:
Lee Garbett
    Preorder Cover B: Joe Quinones
    Incentive Cover C: JG Jones
    Incentive Cover D: Joe Quinones (B&W)
    Incentive Cover E: Lee Garbett (B&W)
    Incentive Cover F: Bill Sienkiewicz
    Incentive Cover G: Bill Sienkiewicz (Signed By Joss)
Price: $3.99

BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers), presents an all-new era of the pop culture phenomenon Firefly, as one of the most demanded stories in the franchise’s history is revealed for the first time!

Focusing on family, loyalty, identity, and the price of redemption, writer Greg Pak (Mech Cadet Yu, Totally Awesome Hulk) and artist Dan McDaid (Judge Dredd: Mega City Zero) take you back to the battleground where Mal’s journey began—the War of Unification!

Firefly #1 is Getting a Second Printing Due to Sell Out Before Its Release

BOOM! Studios has announced that Firefly #1, which brings the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon back to comic books, has sold out at the distributor level before arriving in comic book shops on November 14th.

To meet this overwhelming demand from fans,  Firefly #1 Second Printing Variant will arrive in stores on December 12th with an all-new cover by Kirbi Fagan featuring everyone’s favorite miracle worker – Kaywinnet Lee “Kaylee” Frye.

New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon, tell the definitive story of the Unification War, the intergalactic civil war that divided friend and family alike.

Mal thought he could outrun his past, but when a simple mission goes wrong, he’s forced to confront it in the form of the Unificators, mercenaries deputized to hunt down war criminals…and they’ve got Mal and Zoe at the top of their list! War can make villains of even the best men, and Mal’s quest for redemption will put him at odds with his own crew, forcing him to make a choice: fix the past or fight for the future.

Firefly #1 Second Printing Variant is available exclusively in comic shops on December 12th.

Preview: Doom Patrol #12

Doom Patrol #12

(W) Gerard Way (A) Dan McDaid (CA) Nick Derington
MATURE READERS
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Something normal is happening to the Doom Patrol. Which means not weird, since their own normal is very weird. There are mysterious forces at work, unseen hands rewriting history, and the change is so gradual, the team doesn’t even necessarily see how much they are changing. The end of our second big DOOM PATROL arc leads into big things to come next month!

BOOM! Studios Unveils A New Look at Firefly #1

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a new look at Firefly #1, arriving in comic book shops on November 14th and bringing the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon back to comic books in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products.

Now get a look inside Firefly #1, the all-new series revealing the secret Firefly history that fans have demanded for years! New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon tell the definitive story of the Unification War, the intergalactic civil war that divided friend and family alike.

Mal thought he could outrun his past, but when a simple mission goes wrong, he’s forced to confront it in the form of the Unificators, mercenaries deputized to hunt down war criminals…and they’ve got Mal and Zoe at the top of their list! War can make villains of even the best men, and Mal’s quest for redemption will put him at odds with his own crew, forcing him to make a choice: fix the past or fight for the future.

This issues features covers from artists Lee Garbett, Jock, Bill Sienkiewicz, Joe Quinones, the map of the ‘Verse, and the Blank Sketch Variant.

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