Greg Pak writes this world like he was born to do it, capturing the grit and rough-and-tumble community perfectly. I’ve particularly loved the banter between Wash and Zoe, but the other voices sound just like they did on the show, too. This first arc has the same almost madcap pacing as some of the episodes, which doesn’t leave much room for character development for most of the characters, with the majority of page space dedicated to Mal and Zoe confronting some dark specters of their past. Personally, I’d like to see some more development for Simon, Inara, and Kaylee; they seem to be the ones who’ve been developed the least. There’ll be time enough for that in the future as the crew deals with the aftermath of the cliffhanger ending. Minor quibble about the writing: I wish they had kept the Chinese cussin’.
Dan McDaid’s work took me a bit to get used to, but it’s definitely grown on me. His style captures that well-worn rough trade aesthetic of the ‘Verse. Marcelo Costa’s colors are vibrant and beautiful and really bring the pages to life. I will admit that I tend to overlook the contributions of letterers, but Jim Campbell’s work on this book actually gave me pause to marvel at how effectively he conveys tone and asides.
BOOM!’s rebranding of the franchise title back to Firefly (following Dark Horse’s excellent Serenity series) initially upset me. I really dug the direction that Dark Horse was taking the ‘Verse and was enjoying some of the character development, too. Going back to the Firefly days seems pretty low stakes as we at least know where these characters will eventually land, but so far, the ride’s been good, so I’ll keep reading.
Creative Team: Greg Pak (writer), Dan McDaid (artist), Marcelo Costa (colorist), Jim Campbell (letterer)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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