David M. Booher’s return to the series after his foray into the ‘Verse last year (“River Run”) is largely successful. These are characters that we’re all familiar with and their voices ring true here. This is an issue that’s Jayne-centric, and it makes sense that a character that’s been largely sidelined since the beginning is getting some development. In fact, it’s high time. We’ve seen hints of Jayne’s early life sporadically through the years, but he largely still plays as the amoral mercenary of the team. Booher writes these characters confidently, and there is that rapid-fire spark in the dialog. After 3 years under Greg Pak’s guiding hand, I’m excited to see this title under new management and can’t wait to see what new directions the team will go in.
Art duties are taken over by Jordi Pérez with Francesco Segala and Gloria Martinelli returning as colorists. The quality of the artwork is commendable, taking very similar cues from the previous run. There is an emphasis on storytelling over likenesses here, but the cool thing about the Firefly crew is that they all have a uniform of sorts, so it’s never difficult telling each of them apart. Jim Campbell also returns as letterer on this series, and his work is predictably great. It’s really nice to know that some things can be relied on to be top-notch, and Campbell’s work never fails to impress me with just how cleanly he executes the script for the reader.
All in all, this is a solid start for the team heading into new shenanigans. While it’s too soon to call it, I’m very intrigued in the possibilities and polish that the new creative team brings to the table.
Creative Team: David M. Booher (writer), Jordi Pérez (art), Francesco Segala, Gloria Martinelli (colorist), Jim Campbell (letterer)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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