‘Firefly #14:’ Advance Comic Book Review

As the new sheriff in town, Mal’s got a murder mystery to solve. Despite assistance from Boss Moon, it would appear that their mystery killer is one step ahead of them, with no qualms about committing mass murder. Meanwhile, the rest of the Serenity crew is still dealing with the fallout of the Second Unification War.

Greg Pak’s script does a fine job of ratcheting up the tension, not just between Mal and his quarry, but also between Mal and Zoe. Pak deftly builds up the conflict without sacrificing the quiet moments, allowing the story to breathe. Lalit Kumar Sharma is a great addition to the creative team. His work is evocative and really captures the spirit of the ‘Verse. The double-page spread of the various funeral arrangements for fallen soldiers speask of so much grief without any words at all. Francesco Segala’s colorwork complements the linework beautifully, adding dimension and grit to the proceedings.

As part of the #StoriesMatter initiative, I think it’s important to note that the fallout of the recent attempt at a Unification War still looms large. War stories often focus on the winners of the conflict, but Firefly has always been about the losers. Furthermore, casualties are often just swept under the rug, because nobody likes to be reminded of the ugliness and the toll it takes on the psyche. It’s interesting that Zoe, having dealt with cleaning up the mess directly, wants to go back on the run whilst Mal, dealing with his own sense of responsibility for others, wants to stay to see things right. I’m curious to see how those opposing desires will collide and ultimately bring the team back together again.

Overall, Issue #14 picks up the pace and sets the new stakes. With Mal seeing red, things will get messy really quickly.        


Creative Team: Greg Pak (writer), Lalit Kumar Sharma (art), Francesco Segala (colors), Jim Campbell (letterer)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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