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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

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Fashion Spotlight: Serenity sumi-e, The Snow Dalek, Manhunter

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Serenity sumi-e, The Snow Dalek, and Manhunter, by Dr.Monekers, alex.pawlicki, and JBaz are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Fashion Spotlight: Self-portrait of Hacker, Washburne Flight Academy, SchrödoCop

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Self-portrait of Hacker, Washburne Flight Academy, and SchrödoCop, by MarianoSánchezLorente, adho1982, and Obvian are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Review: Serenity: No Power in the Verse #1

serenity-1The Firefly (Serenity) Universe is one of the most interesting worlds created by Joss Whedon, as it still resonates with every fan who as watched it and seems to gain fans with every viewing. Who cannot fall in love with group of loveable rogues, who were not only complex but relatable? Each character had their own et of morals but no matter what they still pulled for each other. Therefore, when the show got cancelled and the follow-on movie only did moderate business, many fans were heartbroken, as their world felt so real.

It’s a good thing that Dark Horse has continued living in this universe through various series that capture the spirit of the original show, with help from the Whedons. The first few series primarily were like “episodes” in the original television show. It was not until the excellent miniseries, “Leaves on The Wind”, that Browncoats got to deal with the aftermath of the movie. With the deaths of Wash and Shepherd, and the addition of Zoe’s daughter, Emma, their future never looked so uncertain.

In this latest miniseries, “No Power in The Verse”, the crew is still dealing their losses and grieving in their own ways. The political implications of the last miniseries, has the crew laying low for the Alliance and from a burgeoning movement to reignite the same civil war that Mal and Zoe fought all those years ago. That is why an emergency call, becomes a welcome interruption in their time of grief, and it is form an old friend. As always, everything is more than it seems as trouble lies ahead and not the trouble they were expecting.

Altogether, a strong start to an interesting addition to this universe’s canon, as it understands the issue of coping with grief better than I have seen in a while. Chris Roberson, explores some plausible repercussions, about keeps the spirit of the original TV show. Georges Jeanty, draws some vivid sequential art, which gives fans a new view of these familiar characters. Overall, so far, a series that every Browncoat will love.

Story: Chris Roberson Art: Georges Jeanty
Story:10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Firefly Jayne Plush Bear

He’s just one big baby. Rugged mercenary Jayne Cobb would sell you out in the blink of an eye if he got enough cashy money to make it worth his while. But bring in his mom, and this brawny, giant guy turns into one big baby. Quantum Mechanix captured this charming contradiction in one very cuddly bear they call Jayne. Entertainment Earth‘s Firefly Jayne Bear Plush by Quantum Mechanix sports his favorite cargo pants and Troublemaker T-shirt. Best of all, he’s wearing the hat that Ma Cobb knitted for him, complete with holes for his big furry ears. Uh … hear that growling? He’s looking for his grenades and he’s waiting for you to bring him home! This cuddly bear is just under 10-inches tall. Get your Firefly Jayne Plush Bear now for $19.99.

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October’s Comic Block Has 3 Variant Covers

There’s just a few more days to go to get October’s Comic Block which has three variant covers. We don’t know which comics we’ll get but there’s items from Justice League of America, Doctor Strange, and Serenity in this month’s box.

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Fashion Spotlight: Reservoir Muppets, Eleven in Upside Downland, The Smuggler’s Map

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Reservoir Muppets, Eleven in Upside Downland, and The Smuggler’s Map, by melonseta, Hard Decora, and Missy Corey are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Eleven in Upside Downland

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October’s Comic Block features Firefly, Doctor Strange, JLA, Warhammer, and more!

You can get Nerd Block’s Comic Block now and they’re promising items from Firefly, Justice League (of America), Champions, Doctor Strange, and Warhammer. And some of that will be exclusives! You can sign up and get it today.

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Fashion Spotlight: Drunken Portal, Brain of Lawndale Doll, Leaf on the wind

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Drunken Portal, Brain of Lawndale Doll, and Leaf on the wind, by AlbertoArni, Obvian, and SullyInk are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Firefly Malcolm Reynolds 1:6 Scale Action Figure

This collectible Firefly Malcolm Reynolds 1:6 Scale Action Figure presents the hero of Firefly and Serenity as a wonderfully detailed figure that stands 12-inches tall. Every nuance, from Mal’s pistol to his suspenders, was taken directly from screen-used costume and prop references. Order him now!

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