Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse has threaded the needle when it comes to building something new upon a very familiar foundation, and that doesn’t change in the series conclusion. This science-fiction and western-inspired universe comes to vivid life once more and leaves fans wanting more of these characters and their adventures.
It’s often said that every story has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Sometimes the ending of a story can also be somewhat of a beginning, whether that beginning gets followed up on later or not. This is the case for the final issue of Boom Studios’ Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse.
Over the last five issues, this series has brought a much different yet similar look to the Firefly universe, focusing on a healthy mix of older and newer characters to build a story for the next generation in this sci-fi western world. There is a ton for the issue to get through, in order to wrap up the main storyline and also place the characters into said ending/beginning space, but it never feels rushed.
Fabiana Mascolo and Lucia Di Giammarino continue their beautiful work to bring this series home, still finely delivering that sweet combination of quieter/character moments and more action-packed. These characters, both the main crew and their allies as well as the Blue Sun characters, wear their hearts on their sleeves in various ways and that is picked up superbly. The emotion is felt on the pages, and there is beautiful give and take within the pages to bring the moments to life.
Seeing River Tam do what she does, and gorgeous shots of the ships and even a few twists here and there is great. Just as mentioned with the last issue there is a lot of intriguing uses of page space to make panels even more intriguing and not just standard. Which this cast of characters is anything but standard, so it’s befitting that the book style matches them.
Despite the darkness that can come from both some of the subject matter and the concept of space itself, the series has been very colorful and light, and delightful to gaze upon. It makes it quite welcoming and the worlds they visit and things they come across are vivid and feel different. Often the original series relied a lot on the more western-like aspects, shooting on locations is always tough, and this book gravitates more towards the Sci-fi of it all in a really nice way. It looks gorgeous.
Speaking of give and take and flowing, the way that Jim Campbell handles the even larger amount of dialogue in this issue just spreads across the page in the best ways. Never crowded or hard to follow. The best lettering work is often like an intricate dance that is a joy to follow, and we see that here. The same goes for the SFX which are minimal and relegated to the most opportune times that maximize showcasing that added dimension to the story action.
Across these six issues, Josh Lee Gordon made both new and old characters compelling and interesting to follow. Done without needing to really dig deep into the backstory of the new characters or explicitly fill in the gaps of how the old characters got to where they are/split apart. Truly it feels like we peered into this realm for one adventure of their lives and walk away knowing there is a whole universe or two worth of stories that could be told but won’t be seen for now.
As stated before, this series showcases one of the ways to do nostalgia “right,” in the sense that it’s not the end all be all of the series. The nostalgia of the old is relevant to the story and is more of whipped cream and delicious cherry on top of an already packed and intriguing sundae.
Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse #6 is now on sale in print and digitally from Boom Studios.