‘Firefly #13:’ Advance Comic Book Review

After the Second Unification War, Mal was assigned to bring in his Ma in return for his freedom. (See The Outlaw Ma Reynolds.) Through some crafty finagling, Mal came out a winner. The prize: Mal is a newly-minted sheriff. Plot twist, huh?

It’s a new day on a new moon, and Sheriff Reynolds is cracking down on crime… against common decency, it would seem. The Serenity crew seems to be scattered for now, but it would appear that Mal is in contact with a few of them. It’s also apparent that not everyone is fond of Mal…

While Greg Pak and Jim Campbell are familiar names on the creative team, Lalit Kumar Sharma and Francesco Segala are new additions. After a year’s buildup to some tense times, this almost feels like starting anew. Pak is true to form here, setting up Mal’s new status quo. If it feels like we’re a bit thrown off here, that makes sense. This is a strange, new world we’re in, and this is possibly the most original direction Pak could have taken Mal. Obviously, this won’t stick, but I’m curious to see how things will proceed from here. Sharma’s linework bears some resemblance to Dan McDaid’s work on the last 12 issues, but there’s also a sense of Western-ness to it, in that it feels like we’re reading a classic Western. Segala’s colors imbue Sturges with a dusty feel, adding to the sense that we’re truly deep in the Western genre here. Jim Campbell is also a welcome returning member to the team, and his work is just as solid as it’s been in the past.

Overall, Issue #13 sets up a new status quo, but things are already seeming uneasy for Mal. He may need the rest of his team sooner rather than later.      


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