Joss Whedon’s Firefly caught the attention of many when the science fiction western aired on the Fox network for one season back in 2002. For the last sixteen years, the series has remained in fans minds as a motion picture and various comics over the years have carried on the spirit.
That adventure will continue but with an all-new home.
After holding the license since 2005, Dark Horse Comics will no longer be putting out any Firefly/Serenity related comics as Boom! Studios has no acquired the license to do so, according to Entertainment Weekly. Whedon will come on board at Boom! as a story consultant for a brand new ongoing Firefly series will launch this fall from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid focusing on the Unification War of the past and how it affects the present of the characters.
“It’s high time we got to see the full story of Mal and Zoe’s meeting and mission in the War of Unification — the good and bad that the pressure of war brings out in them, and the unforeseeable consequences,” Whedon said.
Fans saw a glimpse of the Unification War during the pilot episode of Firefly, and it colored the characters actions during the show, but this will be the first time that a really in-depth look will be taken at the war that arose between the wealthy central planets led by the alliance and the suffering outlying systems that were known as the Independent Planets, a war that the alliance ultimately won (that crushing moment seen in the pilot episode).
“One of the things I love about the show is how much is implied about the world but not fully explained or explored. In the very best kind of way, those fourteen episodes always felt like the first season of what shoulda/woulda/coulda been a 10-season show, meaning they brilliantly took the time and care to layer in plenty of mysteries and curiosities for later exploration. And I think that’s why the show’s been so great for follow-up comics: There’s so much room to tell new stories that deepen the world and the characters in genuinely significant ways,” Pak said. “Our story will reveal key experiences for Mal and Zoe during the Unification War that you’ve never seen before. And we’ll introduce entirely new corners of the star system with characters, organizations, and subcultures that are absolutely true to all the world-building you know but absolutely brand-new at the same time.”
Along with the ongoing series, Boom! will also publish Firefly: Legacy Edition, Book One which will collect all the comics published in the franchise previously such as The Sheppards Tale and the miniseries No Power In The ‘Verse among others. This book is part of the recently announced brand new Boom! Studios Legacy Editions program that publishes popular franchise comics in chronological order.
“Firefly spoke to so many people at the time because of the themes it dealt with and the way it allowed characters to deal with them, and those themes are even more relevant today: found family, identity, and the emotional toll of resistance, to name a few,” Boom! editor Jeanine Schaefer said. “Our job is to craft stories that will be exciting and rewarding for Firefly fans that have been with these characters from the beginning, but also to introduce it to a new audience. We want to cement Firefly as a pop-culture touchstone, enduring yet modern, in the tradition of other perennial sci-fi epics that are still teaching us about ourselves.”
Firefly the ongoing series launches in November.