Review – Firefly #6 (Boom! Studios)

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Firefly #6

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Pgs 13-18 Artist: Vincenzo Federici
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Maturity Rating: Mature
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Release Date: May 15th, 2019

Fans of the Firefly TV series will love the most recent turn of events in Firefly #6. This plot may as well have walked right off the small screen and onto the pages.


The Gang is Up to Their Necks in Trouble in Firefly #6


The latest series of Firefly has been so painfully on point compared to the original Firefly TV series. Fans are sure to love it – I know I’ve been enjoying it. The latest plot in the series has been fairly typical for the Firefly crew. With them all getting into a mess of trouble and being forced to find a way out of it.

Considering that the last issue ended in what could almost be considered a cliffhanger, I’m happy to see this issue. Firefly #6 brings with it a few more surprises, and one or two more twists and turns.


Firefly #6 Main Cover
Firefly #6 Main Cover by Lee Garbett

Why does it seem like Mal is always so talented at getting himself in trouble? Oh right, because he is. In this case, he’s been in trouble isn’t exactly new, but that hardly changes things, does it? This new Firefly series really does seem to understand that particular talent of Mal’s though, as evidenced by the mess they’re in now.

Greg Pak is the author for the series. He’s done a great job of making this series feel like the original it’s based on, and I can’t appreciate that enough. In Firefly #6, he brings on some more twists and turns. But they all make sense – especially when we consider Mal and Zoe’s past. I love that there’s such a strong tie back. Especially since we know how formative their history is for these particular characters.

There were some truly hilarious moments in this issue, believe it or not. They helped balance out the more tense moments in the issue. And they also helped to show how well the crew works together (well, most of them). It’s something we know, but is always nice to see.

There is clearly still a lot left to the plot, which I appreciate. I’m glad that they’re not rushing through this plot. Though I should say that it doesn’t feel like they’re stretching or dragging the plot at all. It just is what it is.


Firefly #6 had a slightly larger team of artists than usual. Dan McDaid did most of the line work for this issue, but Vincenzo Federici did the inking specifically for pages 13 to 18. I’ve never actually seen that before, so it made me stop and look more closely at the lines. That was actually kind of fun to do. The lines and shading were heavily done, but it honestly really works for this series, bringing in the grungier elements we’d expect.

Meanwhile Marcelo Costa did the coloring for this issue, and it was delightful. I loved the color palette for this issue in particular, especially for the world that Mal is currently on.


Firefly #6 was a fast-paced read worth every minute. It was both tense and funny, depending on what was happening – and who was doing what. But everything balanced out, making for a really interesting read on the whole.

Some of the twists were pretty funny, while others were just so in tune with the way these characters act. The more I read this series, the more it feels like just another adventure for this crew. I’m looking forward to the next issue, which may wrap up this plot (or not).

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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