New Firefly Comic Tells the Story of Mal and Zoe's War Days

Joss Whedon's Firefly continues to live on in comic book form.

By L.B. Lubomski

Boom! Studios has acquired the rights to create and publish stories based on Joss Whedon's beloved, albeit short-lived, Firefly series. For their first new comic, they have decided to tackle a topic fans have always been curious about: Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe Washburn's time in the Unification War and, specifically, how the two met.

Whedon, who is also a story consultant on the new comic series, backed this sentiment, stating that "it’s high time we got to see the full story of Mal and Zoe’s meeting and mission in the War of Unification — the good and bad that the pressure of war brings out in them, and the unforeseeable consequences."

Jeanine Schaefer, an editor at Boom!, also commented on the company's acquisition of the Firefly rights and their excitement to fill in some of the story gaps from the show, while also hopefully introducing a whole new generation to this world and its rich characters.

Firefly spoke to so many people at the time because of the themes it dealt with and the way it allowed characters to deal with them, and those themes are even more relevant today: found family, identity, and the emotional toll of resistance, to name a few. Our job is to craft stories that will be exciting and rewarding for Firefly fans that have been with these characters from the beginning, but also to introduce it to a new audience. We want to cement Firefly as a pop-culture touchstone, enduring yet modern, in the tradition of other perennial sci-fi epics that are still teaching us about ourselves.

Are you excited to see Firefly continue on in this format or has it been too long since the show drifted off into space? As usual, let us know what you think.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.

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