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Review – Firefly #7 (BOOM! Studios)

Firefly #7 (BOOM Studios) variant cover 2 (detail) by Will Sliney
Firefly #7
Overall
8.3/10
8.3/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.25/10
    8.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colorist: Marcelo Costa
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Lee Garbett
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: June 19th, 2019

The crew of Serenity all have different ways of dealing with a crisis. And Firefly #7 goes a lot way in showing us how every member reacts.

Get Ready for Some Chaos and Laughs in Firefly #7

When it comes to finding trouble, the crew of Serenity has no competition. Almost every member of the crew has a past they’re running from. And they’re all rather talented at getting into trouble. That much has been evidenced in the last few issues of this series. Firefly #7 goes a long way in showing the different ways this crew reacts to threats and situations. Honestly, even though we’ve seen some of this in the TV series, it’s still fun to see more of it. And I swear I’m not just saying that because Jayne’s side of things made me laugh (though it did).

I love how this series really does feel just like the TV show and movie I fell in love with. The characters walked straight from the screen and to the pages. Or at least, that’s how it feels. It’ll never quite make up for the early cancellation, but it’s something.

Writing

Firefly #7 (BOOM Studios) main cover by Lee Garbett
Main cover by Lee Garbett

Firefly #7 somehow managed to balance the more humorous moments (well, moment, in this case) with some seriously heavy parts. That actually sounds like Firefly in a nutshell, so I shouldn’t be so surprised. But I am impressed.

Greg Pak‘s plot has been taking so many unexpected twists and turns, but in a good way. Though the series hasn’t been predictable, it still has the feel and tone that I’ve been counting on. And it fits in well with the very specific point of time they have to work with.

There were a lot of memorable moments in this issue. There’s one truly laugh-out-loud section (involving Jayne, but I won’t say more than that), as well as a few intense moments. And there are some truly spine-tingling moments as well. Moments that I’m sure will stick with me for quite some time. The conclusion, in particular, was something else.

While I can’t say that every character had a moment to shine in this issue, I can honestly say that they all acted in character. And sometimes there just isn’t enough time to show everybody doing something exciting.

Art

Firefly #7 has some brilliant artwork. The characters look like their actor counterparts—while still being significantly influenced by the artists of the series. In this case, it’s Dan McDaid and Marcelo Costa behind the wheel. There were two things that really stood out for me in this issue.

The first had to be the expressions. There were a lot of emotions portrayed in this issue. And trust me, they really ran the gambit here. The amount of emotion they were able to show—without needing to explain—was impressive.

I also fell in love with the color palette from this issue. Though I’m probably a little bit biased here, since I’m fond of comics that use a lot of blue and purples. It does work very well with the setting and the subject at hand, though, while also making things look nice and dramatic.

Conclusion

Firefly #7 moved the main plot forward at a rapid pace while also throwing a whole bunch of twists and turns into the mix. I love that they’ve managed to keep things so interesting while also keeping true to the core of this crew.

There were a lot of memorable moments in this issue, some more humorous than others. And while I don’t know where this plot is going to lead in the long run, I have been enjoying the journey so far. The real question is, what will the next issue bring with it?


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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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