Firefly #12 Review

by Nick Devonald on December 18, 2019

Writer: Greg Pak
Art: Dan McDaid
Colors: Marcelo Costa
Letters: Jim Campbell

My biggest concern with Boom! Studios take on Firefly was how much the story felt dragged out. Every time it felt like it was nearing a natural conclusion something else would happen and the story would be extended. While a staple of the TV series it felt like this was extended just a little bit too much here. This issue concludes the initial Unification War storyline while also setting up the next story arc. In the future I hope that the storylines are a little shorter and concluded quicker.

All the different story arcs in play are wrapped up quite nicely. It’s a little unclear what the future holds for our ragtag band of heroes but I do look forward to seeing where it all goes.

Firefly is a difficult one to review. I think the most accurate thing I can say about it is that it’s consistent. It’s not pleased all the fans, but realistically this is the only format we’re going to see Firefly continue in. If you’ve enjoyed it so far then this is very much going to be a case of more of the same. Nothing happens in these pages which are going to sway your opinion either way.

It’s interesting because calling it consistent isn’t necessarily a compliment. I want moments which come out of the blue and take me by surprise. I want moments where I cheer for the heroes and boo the villains. We don’t really get any of these moments, in this issue or the series in general. It just plods along, enjoyable but not exceptional.

On the other hand the last panel has a bit of a twist in it. But it’s a twist that, while unexpected, left me feeling a bit confused. It’ll make a good storyline going forward but I can’t help but feel it’s an unrealistic turn of events. Yes it’ll make for a good story. Could it have come about a little more naturally, perhaps Mal suggesting it and then really having to argue that it could work? Yes. But coming as it did it made me go “Really???”. I understand it’s a comic so arguing for realism may seem pointless but it doesn’t sit true with me.

The stakes have risen sharply as the series has progressed, the universe on the brink of all out war, a return to Serenity valley, yet I’m not sure that the stakes really sunk in. It doesn’t necessarily have the impact it probably should.

Dan McDaid’s art is good though. He captures the characters likenesses and facial expressions really well. He’s a good match for the Firefly universe. I hope he stays with the book in the future.

The story hasn’t necessarily had the impact it should have done. The argument that this is the only way we’re going to get more Firefly probably isn’t the most convincing reason to buy it. Will I keep it on my pull list? Yes, but it’s not something I’m going to rush down to my local comic book shop to pick up.

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