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‘Firefly #29:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Quick recap: Trouble seems to hound Mal, and no sooner was he back on Serenity that the crew fell on some bad luck. With no choice left to them, the Serenity plunged into the portal before Jayne blew it up behind them, leaving the rest of the gang behind while the Serenity made an emergency landing on a strangely familiar planet with hostile natives.

Picking right up from before, the crew is left with the realization that their attackers are human after all. While Kaylee struggles with the guilt of having led a massacre, the group realizes that they’ve somehow found themselves back on the Earth That Was. While exploring the planet, they discover an interesting relic of the past with some deep personal ties to some of the crew.

Greg Pak hits hard with the concept of home in this issue. Whether it’s the ship, their family, or a land they’ve never seen before, the theme is woven throughout the issue.  The notions of the past and how they come to play in our present and future are major players here. #StoriesMatter because they are snippets of our history and can shape our perspectives, as seen here.

Simona Di Gianfelice’s art keeps doing what it’s been doing well so far, beautifully rendering some of the emotional scenes while giving us a lot of impressive eye candy along the way. The scenery of the Earth That Was gives us an optimistic glimpse into how the natural world around us might recover and adapt without a pervasive human presence. Francesco Segala’s colorwork is gorgeous as usual, but I found his work on the midwestern safari sequence to be particularly evocative and nostalgic. Jim Campbell’s lettering makes it all make sense, in my view, as he keeps the dialogue clear while also keeping the soundscape interesting.

Overall, with things getting hairy on the Earth That Was and hostiles on two different fronts, the Serenity crew will have to make some tough choices soon.

Creative Team: Greg Pak (writer), Simona Di Gianfelice (art), Francesco Segala (colors), Jim Campbell (letterer)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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Wenxian Tan, Fanbase Press Contributor



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