Boom! Will start its first Firefly story in Firefly #1, written by Greg Pak and art by Dan McDaid. The story revolves around the War of Unification, the battle that was fought between the Alliance and the Independents wherein Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe Alleyne Washburne joined hands to fight although on the losing side, and that’s something which defined the two characters throughout Firefly.
“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,”Whedon mentioned via a statement given to EW. Whedon is also going to be the consultant on the series.
“Our story will reveal key experiences for Mal and Zoe during the Unification War that you’ve never seen before,” Pak adds. “And we’ll introduce entirely new corners of the star system with characters, organizations, and subcultures that are absolutely true to all the world-building you know but absolutely brand-new at the same time.”
Boom! Editor Jeanine Schaefer talked about the significance of Firefly for Boom!, whose rights had been with Dark Horse Comics for a number of years.
“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,” she said. “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.”
There is also going to be a series of Firefly Legacy Edition collections, which will reprint the earlier published Firefly stories from Dark Horse Comics.
“It’s a huge tribute to the creators of the original show that their rich, intriguing world and hilarious, compelling characters could inspire so many additional stories,” Pak said. “We’ve gotten the incredible go-ahead to do something particularly special in this new series — we’re digging deep into the Unification War, the galaxy-shattering event that shaped so many of our central characters. Many of the show’s central themes revolve around the way everyday people handle the threat of tyranny, the trauma of war, and the danger of falling into villainy when resisting a world run by villains. We’re getting the chance to reveal essential truths about our heroes’ pasts and put them through experiences in the here and now that they’ve never fully dealt with before. As a fan of the show who adores these characters, I can’t wait.”
Firefly #1 will be in comic book stores in November.