‘Firefly #26:’ Comic Book Review

Last time in the ‘Verse, we saw all sorts of surprising things. Mal’s gone… no word on where he is. Kaylee is the Captain of the Serenity now, along with Jayne and Leonard as her muscle, and River has her pilot/kung-fu prodigy. Zoe has set up a new life, running with Simon and her daughter Emma, and a few new faces. After discovering a suspicious job application on Regina, Zoe went in to investigate and, well, shocking doesn’t begin to cover it.

Things pick up right where we left off in the previous issue, with Zoe coming face to face with her late husband in all his nice-guy-and-dorky glory. Or is there more than meets the eye here? Some hijinks do ensue, but a brave rescue saves the day. A bold plan is hatched, but first, they need a missing ingredient.

Unlike Issue #25, this issue has a much simpler task to achieve: It answers some of the major questions posed in the last issue and serves as a bridge towards reuniting the crew for a big job. Greg Pak is doing the unimaginable right now. He’s taking us way into uncharted space and while I’m still really thrown off by the new crew mashups, I can’t deny the allure of being so off-balance and really wanting to figure out my bearings. After the last two years, I think that Pak has earned our trust to be our sherpa/shepherd into these new skies. A thing that Pak does exceedingly well in this issue is the interaction between Zoe and “Wash,” and I think this is one of the reasons that #StoriesMatter because they can take us to such unexpected places. The chemistry between the two is so filled with uncertainty, unspoken feelings, and the unease of something so familiar and yet foreign. I can’t wait to see where Pak takes this connection, as it’s ripe for some serious drama.

Pius Bak’s art in this issue is nothing short of a revelation. There are some truly heart-rending moments that are conveyed in complete silence. I think that to be able to put that much emotion on a page is a commendable feat. Bak’s likenesses aren’t his strong suit, but the characters are recognizable. Marcelo Costa’s colorwork goes from strength to strength. I particularly love the use of complementary colors during some of the heightened emotions as it shows the opposing sentiments in a really cool visual way. The final page is actually a pretty beautiful thing to behold. Finally, Jim Campbell’s masterful lettering really keeps the action going and the talky scenes clear.

Overall, while not as ambitious in scope as the previous issue, this issue packs an emotional wallop or two, and the reunion of some of our Big Damn Heroes is a cause for celebration.


Creative Team: Greg Pak (writer), Pius Bak (art), Marcelo Costa (colors), Jim Campbell (letterer)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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