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Review – Firefly: The Sting (BOOM! Studios)

Firefly The Sting (BOOM Studios) cover(detail) by Marco DAlfonso
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Firefly: The Sting

Created by: Joss Whedon
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artists: Pius Bak, Serg Acuna, Richard Ortiz, Hyeonjin Kim & Rodrigo Lorenzo
Colorists: Joana Lafuente, Doug Garbark & Natalia Marques
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: November 19th, 2019

Firefly: The Sting is the latest graphic novel set in the world of Firefly. This time around, the focus is on the leading ladies of the crew, as they get roped into an all-new heist.

 

The Girls Are Back in Town in Firefly: The Sting

Firefly fans, it’s time to celebrate. There’s yet another graphic novel out there for us to dive into. I know it isn’t quite the same as another season, but we’ll take what we can get, right? Anything to keep Joss Whedon’s creation alive. Firefly: The Sting is the latest original graphic novel to come out in the world of Firefly. But this time around? The focus is on the ladies of the crew. That’s right: Kaylee, Zoe, Inara, and River are back. And they’re joined by Saffron. So you just know that nothing is going to go quite as planned, thanks to her backstabbing ways.

The Sting takes place before the events of the movie, fitting neatly somewhere before the crew went off in their own directions. And that means that there is still a whole lot of personality and sass onboard the ship.

Firefly The Sting (BOOM Studios) graphic novel cover by Marco D'Alfonso
Firefly: The Sting (BOOM! Studios) graphic novel cover by Marco D’Alfonso

In this little misadventure, once again, we find Saffron approaching the crew with an idea for a heist (which you just know she’ll backstab them for in the end). But this time around she’s only approaching the ladies of the ship. That may raise some questions, but since it gives us a chance to see our favorite characters working together, we’re not going to complain.

Writing

Firefly: The Sting was written by Delilah S. Dawson, and you can tell that she had more than a little bit of fun writing this series. You can clearly see her influence in the writing, yet she did an excellent job of staying true to the world and the characters within.

All of the characters we know and love, as well as one or two we love to hate, got to make an appearance here. Though there was obviously a focus on the women aboard Firefly. Each issue in this collection switched perspectives, giving each of them a chance to shine.

What made The Sting both interesting and unique was the infusion of pop culture within their lines. Some of the quotes given were hard to avoid, and thus had to be intentional. There were hat tips to ‘she persists’ and other iconic female moments in our modern era. It’s interesting to think about the impact those moments might have, in a far-flung future.

The heist itself was a fascinating one, as it actually gave a purpose to each of the Firefly crew members pulled into it. Though that was immediately clear at first – proving that this tale fits in nicely with the story as a whole.

On the whole, The Sting was a charming and amusing side quest for half of the Firefly crew. It was nice getting a chance to see characters work together in ways they never have before. And it was refreshing to get a chance to see them as individuals with concerns and things that they were working through. It added a personal touch.

Art

Firefly: The Sting was host to a ton of different and talented artists. It seemed like each issue traded out who was working on the pages. And as such, this graphic novel has a massive creative team.

The lead artists for this series are Pius Bak, Serg Acuna, Richard Ortiz, Hyeonjin Kim, and Rodrigo Lorenzo. Together they gave us the characters we’ve come to love over the years. And each one of them did, in fact, look like we both expected and hoped. They weren’t afraid to throw in their own twists or stylistic choices, and that worked out well for the series. I especially enjoyed the iconic look of all the white masks combined with the red flowers (you’ll see that early on in the series, don’t worry).

Meanwhile, the colorists were Joana Lafuente, Doug Garbark, and Natalia Marques. The sense of color in The Sting was quite brilliant. It was vibrant, unafraid to use lots of bold colors for both the characters and the backgrounds. It made for an eye-popping view.

And finally, Jim Campbell did the lettering for the entire volume, adding a sense of cohesion despite all of the changing hands for the artists.

Conclusion

Firefly: The Sting was such a fun read. I really hope that this is a volume that fans of the series pick up. The girl power theme was a pleasant surprise. But it was one that gave us the perfect excuse to see our characters in a whole new context and light.

This heist and everything involved is a perfect fit for the series. It could easily have belonged as an episode at any point. In fact, I kind of wish we had gotten the chance to see it that way. That’s a slightly sad note; sorry. Still, it’s nice to see the series continue on with such charisma and force.


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