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Review – Firefly: Bad Company #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Firefly: Bad Company #1
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Summary

Created by: Joss Whedon
Writer: Josh Lee Gordon
Artists: Francesco Mortarino, Giuseppe Cafaro, & Moy R.
Inker: Vincenzo Federici
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Maturity Rating: ??
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release Date: March 20th, 2019

Saffron gets a chance to tell her side of the story in Firefly: Bad Company #1. Assuming she’s telling the truth, she’s had a tough life. Maybe not tough enough to justify what she does to innocent people… but…

 

Saffron Gets Her Say in Firefly: Bad Company #1

Have you ever wondered what happened to make Saffron the way she is? Assuming you could trust a word she was saying, would you stay and listen to it? It’d be awfully hard to resist, wouldn’t it? Granted, we can’t even trust which name is her real one…so, grain of salt and all that. Firefly: Bad Company #1 ties in with what has been happening in the main Firefly comics, believe it or not. But the tie is indirect enough where you could just skip to reading this as a standalone issue if you were so inclined.

Writing

Firefly: Bad Company #1 (BOOM! Studios) cover by Diego Galindo
Firefly: Bad Company #1 (BOOM! Studios) cover by Diego Galindo

Firefly: Bad Company #1 was a fun issue to read, and not just because it showed us a completely different perspective than we’re used to. It was fascinating to see how Saffron saw herself, and what story she felt inclined to tell.

You can tell that Josh Lee Gordon put a lot of work into making this issue stand out. Saffron’s story is compelling, full of intrigue, and just enough of that Alliance hate for it to ring like a true Firefly series.

It was interesting learning about Saffron’s past. Enough of it rang true that I honestly believe that some of it is the truth. Much like the theory about Joker’s past—each time he tells it he says something different, but there’s likely a sliver of truth hidden in the mess somewhere. That’s how I picture this origin story for Saffron. An interesting tale with a hint of the truth.

That didn’t make this issue any less interesting to read, of course. A lot of it fits in with the Saffron we knew: like her dislike of the Alliance and her experience with Companions. So it was believable, in many ways.

What was truly interesting though, was the conclusion to this issue. I wasn’t expecting to see the person Saffron was talking to… but it also makes sense, too. I’m not going to say more than that, because of spoilers. But I will say that it was worth the read.

Art

The artwork for this issue was absolutely stunning. And that’s really no surprise, considering the team brought in for this project. I don’t think I’ve seen so many artists work on a single issue before, but the end results prove that it was well worth it.

Francesco Mortarino, Giuseppe Cafaro, Moy R., and Vincenzo Federici all had a hand in the lines and inking of this issue. It explains why Saffron is so striking, and the backgrounds are so exceptionally detailed. Gabriel Cassata is the single colorist for the issue. It was a smart call to only have one colorist on the team. He was able to bring in the different lines of the other artists and make them one cohesive work.

Conclusion

Firefly: Bad Company #1 is absolutely worth reading if you’ve been following all of the Firefly comics so far. Or even if you haven’t, but simply want to learn more about Saffron. It has the classic Firefly feel to it, with all the tone we know and love. I have to confess that I love that in the end we couldn’t take what we were told as truth. Once it was revealed that it was Saffron who was narrating, it suddenly threw everything into question. It’s such a classic Saffron thing to do—make us question the truth and perspective. It’s a perfect representation of her character.


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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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