Firefly #4, BOOM! Studios

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A fast-paced read, Firefly #4 (BOOM! Studios) delivers the action-packed thrills of the classic western and brings along a fun sci-fi twist. Based on Joss Whedon’s cult favorite Fox TV series, every page is filled with meta humor, booms, and bullets. 

The truth about Mal and Zoe’s past during the Unification War has been exposed and now the Unificators make their final move against them in the shocking conclusion to the first arc! New enemies arise, heroes fall and the crew of Serenity will pay the price.

Here are 5 reasons why you should get Firefly #4:

5) What Happened Before!

The captain and first mate of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship, are at the top of the Most Wanted list. Mal thought he could outrun his past, but when a simple mission goes wrong. He’s unfortunately forced to confront The Unificators, mercenaries deputized to hunt down war criminals. And now, a past mistake comes back to haunt both Mal and Zoe. 

4) The Writing!

What’s great about the story by writer Greg Pak is how he experiments with team-ups from the ensemble cast. I never realized it would be incredibly tense and hilarious if Wash, Jayne, and Shepherd found themselves trapped in a room together. Letterer Jim Campbell does a great job capturing the anguishing effects of war in Mal and Boss Moon’s dialogue. 

3) The Art!

With inks by Tim Lattie and Anthony Fowler Jr., artist Dan McDaid does an amazing job capturing the traumatizing effects of war through Boos Nova’s character design. In the origin story, Boss Nova was caught in the explosion of the Alliance hospital, not the Alliance Post that Mal and Zoe attacked. Her armor and eye patch symbolize the prosthetics soldiers wear when they come back from war.  

2) The Colors!

I absolutely loved the riveting palette that colorist Marcelo Costa uses for the western setting. Mal has until sundown to rescue his team held hostage. Notice how the suspenseful narrative is based on the light coming from the sun. 

1) A Fun Western!

A worthy companion to the Joss Whedon show, Firefly #4 continues to dish out the western shoot-outs and space battles. The conclusion to the first arc builds to exciting new ideas! 

Rating:

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Three out of four emojis

Firefly #4 arrives in stores on February 27th, 2018.

By Jorge Solis

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