Firefly #19 Review

by Nick Devonald on August 18, 2020

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

The latest story-arc in Boom!s Firefly series hasn’t been the strongest. A large part of that is down to the crew being separated and the focus of the story being on Mal. Zoe, Wash, River and Simon have all been completely absent for several issues now, but there has been a bit more time spent on Kaylee and Jayne, as well as their new companion Chang-Benitez. This issue has probably been the best part of the New Sheriff in the ‘Verse storyline, right up until the conclusion.

The conclusion to this issue changes everything, and puts a much different spin on the entire storyline. It’s a hell of a revelation and it flips a lot of previous events on their head. While we’re still not at the conclusion of the New Sheriff storyline it feels like this story would work much better being read in one sitting than spread out over months of comics. It’s also frustrating because a number of the weaker elements in previous issues probably wouldn’t be as apparent if it was read as one larger story than instalments. Perhaps the longer format stories that Firefly tells isn’t quite as suited to a monthly release schedule.

Greg Pak has shown in the past that he has a pretty good grasp on what makes the crew work well together and does a pretty good job of recreating the banter and comraderie between them all. Which is why the previous few issues have been so frustrating because it’s been lacking entirely. This issue makes it for it a little though by getting some time with Jayne and Kaylee.

Lalit Kumar Sharma continues to do a fantastic job on the art. His style fits in really well in the Firefly ‘Verse. Every artist has strengths and weaknesses, comics that their style is a perfect match for, and other comics which they aren’t as suited for. Then there are artists whose style is designed for a certain comic and that’s what we have here with Sharma on Firefly. It’s difficult to imagine another artist who could capture the style and feel of the TV series while also making it their own in quite the way that Sharma does. It’s a similar story when it comes to a good colourist, and Francesco Segala matches Sharma’s style and creates a beautifully realised Sci-fi Western.

Boom!s Firefly has been a bit hit or a miss of late, and the recent storyline has been one of the weaker aspects. This issue turns that around a little, and the conclusion is one of the biggest twists and revelations in the comics history. It’s an incredible moment and is guaranteed to stun readers and puts a different slant on recent events. The art continues to bring the Western meets Sci-Fi vibe to life.

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