Firefly #18 Review

by Nick Devonald on July 31, 2020

Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colours: Francesco Segala
Letters: Jim Campbell

This has been the best issue for a while. The last couple of issues have really served to show the reader that with Boom!’s Firefly series Greg Pak has been focusing on Mal to the detriment of the rest of the crew. And that’s not what Firefly should be about. This issue improves on it a because we get to spend some time with Kaylee and Jayne, along with newcomer Leonard. It doesn’t quite remedy the problem the series has been having but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. It’s frustrating, because Pak understands the banter between the crew and does a great job of recreating it. Watching Jayne and Kaylee haggle in this issue is a hilarious delight and so reminiscent of the TV series. But by having the majority of the stories recently not feature the crew and their delightful bickering it takes away a large part of the Firefly magic.

This issue introducers readers to another new character. For reasons of spoilers no more will be said, but he promises to not only be a thorn in Mal’s side but also to be an interesting character going forward. How much of a role he plays remains to be seen, but it’ll be interesting to see where Pak takes this new character.

The art from Lalit Kumar Sharma has been a real highlight recently. His style is very unique and is very fitting for the Firefly universe, something about it manages to capture that special Western/Sci-fi vibe that Firefly is renowned for. He does a great job, whether it’s drawing small-scale space battles, or just capturing the characters expressions, all the while giving Firefly a very unique style.

Which takes us onto Francesco Segala’s colours. They also deserve a large part of the credit for capturing that Western/Sci-fi vibe, when the crew are planetside it typically feels like a western, but that merges seamlessly with the futuristic spaceships and tech. The colours really do make the most of Sharma’s art and the completed project is quite striking and special.

While Pak manages to capture the banter between the crew beautifully it’s a shame that he decides to spend so much time not focusing on it, but this issue remedies that slightly by having a larger focus on Kaylee and Jayne. There are a few important moments within this story which promise to have implications going forward for the series. The art from Sharma & Segala help to give this series an incredibly unique, Western meets Sci-fi vibe which is brilliantly recreated from the series.

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