‘All-New Firefly’ captures all of the energy that drew people to the original television series but takes it even further, expanding the world and the characters in new and exciting ways. This is a truly fun and well-put-together series that is a delight to dive into month after month.
All-New Firefly is now six issues in as it continues to explore and expand the character of Jayne Cobb, making the mostly two-dimensional member of the Serenity into something far more complex.
Overall, the series so far feels like a very expanded episode of the television series that it is based upon, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Firefly as a series was at its best when it was exploring the characters but also following this crew of mostly criminals with tarnished hearts of gold (maybe more silver or bronze in some cases) that would risk themselves to save others when push came to shove. David M. Booher has hit all those notes perfectly in these six issues, continuing to expand how deep the crew has gotten itself on the moon of Requiem while also giving plenty of character moments to take in.
Kaylee continuing to find her place as captain, and the crew coming together while still having their moments of interpersonal drama is exactly what I’m looking for with this series. All the depth & exploration of Jayne Cobb is super welcome because it has greatly changed my opinion on a character that previously I was not very keen on.
Vincenzo Federici and Matt Herms continue their solid work after stepping on board with the last issue. As noted above everything about the Serenity crew is pretty darn rough, and the artwork and color choices capture that perfectly. There is plenty of detail, and action scenes looking smooth and energetic, from Federici but there is a rough quality brought into every panel to really fit the feeling of this space western world where everyone outside of the Alliance is just holding on to make ends meet. Emotions are clear and the paneling choices, especially those where the background is sparse or blank to highlight the character/emotions more, compliment the story so well.
Color-wise there are a lot of bright colors at times, but they are also toned down and aren’t so slick, paired with shadows and darkness that bring more weight to the world. We’re in a heavy story (with plenty of moments of levity befitting of these characters) and the characters live in a tough world and that is felt just at first glance.
Letterers very often tend to be one of the constants on titles, no matter if it’s relaunched or new members of the rest of the creative team come in, and Jim Campbell has been in that space for Firefly-related stories for a while. That’s because his work is just so good, capturing all the energy and personality that is being put off by the characters, making sure that their dialogue feels and sounds like them at first glance. While also making sure tone and volume, through changes to the font, are fully clear which is always helpful when reading as it makes sure we understand the emotions even better as we read.
All-New Firefly #6 is now available from BOOM! Studios