Firefly: The Fall Guys #1 Review
Firefly: The Fall Guys #1 Review
Created by: Joss Whedon
Writer: Sam Humphries
Letterer: Jim Cambell
Illustrated: Jordi Perez
Colors: Francesco Segala w/ Gloria Martinelli
Editor: Elizabeth Brei
Assistant Editor: Maya Bollinger
Designer: Madison Goyette
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
It’s a science fiction favorite, Firefly, the series everyone loved, and the television executives said it was too expensive to make. That was back in a world where people thought comics were only for superheroes and shows were only as good as the viewership they counted. While Serenity was a successful follow-up to the television series, it still fizzled out of mainstream interest, but the fans never forgot. Because of that, Boom! Comics gets to show you the next exciting adventure in the series that’ll never die, continuing the saga—Firefly: The Fall Guys.
Have you wondered why, even in a glorified futuristic setting, the concept of money never seems to evolve consciously? Strange, right? But this is the motivation behind our would-be protagonist as she bids farewell to her daughter Emma. Kids have to be taught the concept of monetary value through the exchange of currency as an idea.
As a parent myself, I can sympathize with Zoe. It’s hard to let go every day to earn a wage and leave your family temporarily a member down, knowing the risks and dangers, but to do it in space, off-world—now that’s gotta be rough.
And so, with the goodbyes out of the way, Captain Kaylee Frye and Zoe Washburne take a job without knowing what’s next in a galaxy filled with opportunity and terraformed Earths, shadows of the Earth you and I live in now. Terraformed Earth is like the Town of the Beloved on the Moon of Plymouth, where Kaylee and Zoe set off a spring trap to test the waters on this new job, being careful not to get caught bottom-side up in an asteroid field.
There is no place like a space saloon to play Shanghai Astronauts when discussing the details of a heist, which is what our Serenity group is about to undertake. Is it dangerous? More than likely. As they say, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” or at least until the transactional relationship terms are fulfilled, then it’s every space pirate for themselves.
Of course, plans got feds-up when a large force of Special Alliance Forces led by Marshal Gronk took Amber Archembeau and her cohorts into custody. Mmm… I wonder if Inara, the charmer, ever gave Amber that antidote. Oh well! The important thing is that Benitez lifted the module that contained a sim map to a safe that Amber wanted them to steal so they could procure the rights to a mine that contains ore used for ship fuel, which can be mighty valuable in the right hands.
After some of Reynold’s rambling dialogue, the former Serenity leader cashes in his chips, voting that they could still pull off the job. Despite their most hated rival/employer being pinched, they still came to do a job, and they all still needed the money. With the half payment uploaded to the device, they had a choice. Go home with a small cut and possibly a reason to look over their shoulders, or finish the job and go home scotch-free.
“The “Antidote” was actually 100% pure root beer. They’ll live… after a wild couple of hours.”
I guess that solves that mystery, lol. It’s nice to know that root beer was saved from a dying Earth, as unnatural as it is. Things only get intense when Gorram, Prime Minister of the Universal Alliance, lands just outside of town in the most intimidating brig on the outer planets. But Zoe knows Gorram by another name—The Sledgehammer.
I’ll let your imagination concoct why Gorram might have earned that name. Things aren’t looking good, but Captain Kaylee sees the writing on the wall. And that is where I’m going to leave it. Will the Serenity Crew pull off the heist? Who is Gorram the Sledgehammer? How does Zoe know her by her Sledgehammer moniker? Is this the last we’ll see of Amber and her entourage of well-dressed, armed lackeys?
Pick up Firefly: The Fall Guys #1 today, wherever comics are sold to discover what happens next. If you’re a Firefly superfan, then you’ll also enjoy this epic Joss Whedon graphic novel collection of all the sequels to the television show and the feature film titled Firefly: The Legacy Deluxe Edition. As always, stay geeky, share the network, and don’t forget to catch the latest on Fueled By Weird.
Michael J. Florio
A true storyteller who sharpened his wit proudly at Full Sail University, holding a bachelor’s & master’s in creative writing for entertainment. After Michael became a Comics Experience alumni, he created his first independent creator-owned titles, Wild Oni & Iron Jaguar.
A member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Writers Guild, where he lives & works tirelessly on his future published works. Michael is a father of four, three boys & one girl, whom he loves very much.