‘Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse #5’ - Advance Comic Book Review

Quick recap so far: Emma and Lu ran off with Raz, seeking answers on Uroborus. Meanwhile, Zoë and the rest of the group have ended up in some hot water with Blue Sun. Things appear to be going down the metaphorical head. (That’s “toilet” in ship speak.)  

Having survived a pretty harrowing journey to Uroborus, Emma, Lu, and Raz meet up with a person with deep ties with Blue Sun and the ‘Verse. Meanwhile, Blue Sun tries out some rather unusual interrogation tactics with Zoë. An unexpected encounter may just be the crew’s ticket out of there.

Josh Lee Gordon pilots us into the climax of the first arc with plenty of potential for heroics and familiar faces on those heroes. #StoriesMatter when they can surprise us despite their familiar nature; they are always new lenses for us to examine narratives and maybe find new lessons.

Fabiana Mascolo’s artwork is gorram gorgeous… I really like the way they do likenesses. There are these lovely l’il nuances that capture the characters and their spirit. Lucia DiGiammarino’s colorwork does some beautiful things in this issue, from the cold sterility of labs to the warm hues of the comforting spaces that speak to the notion of “family.” Reading this series gives me some serious nostalgia, and sometimes in the oddest ways. I “speak” a couple of Chinese dialects. The TV series had a lot of swearing in largely indecipherable Chinese (due to awful pronunciation), and here, the Chinese is indecipherable because I can’t actually read it. As I said, nostalgia in the oddest ways. Like any good performance, though, Jim Campbell’s lettering gets the sentiment across.

Overall, with physical stakes being pretty high, the tension is counterbalanced with a tone of reconciliation, even though mother and daughter aren’t even in the same room. Gordon et al. are delivering on some great Firefly stories, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.


Creative Team: Josh Lee Gordon (writer), Fabiana Mascolo (art), Lucia DiGiammarino (colors), Jim Campbell (letterer)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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