Boom! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products has announced Firefly: The Sting, a new original graphic novel written by New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson. The book will feature artists Pius Bak (The Magicians: Alice’s Story) and Rodrigo Lorenzo (WWE: Undertaker — Rise of the Deadman), and a cover by artist Marco D’Alfonso (Miles Morales: Spider-Man). The book is set for release in November 2019.
Firefly is one of Joss Whedon’s most beloved creations. Set 500 years in the future, the story follows the crew of the Serenity, a small transport spaceship that doesn’t have a home planet. In the series and film, Nathan Fillion’s Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds was a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance. He was also willing to take on any job to survive, no matter how legal or illegal.
The graphic novel centers on the enigmatic rogue Saffron and her return to the Serenity, but she’s not there for Mal this time. Instead she’s looking to recruit Zoë, Inara, Kaylee, and River on a heist that they soon find out has personal stakes for everyone.
Writer Dawson is best known for Star Wars: Phasma, the Hit series, the Blud series, Servants of the Storm, the Shadow series (written as Lila Bowen), the Tales of Pell (co-written with Kevin Hearne), and the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire and The Skywalker Saga. Her work also extends to creator-owned comics such as Ladycastle and Sparrowhawk with BOOM! Studios and the upcoming Star Pig with IDW.
“ ‘A him gets noticed, a her gets ignored.’ That’s the quote from Ocean’s 8 that really captured my imagination. I love that idea—that women can use our occasional invisibility as a superpower.” said Dawson. “I’ve been a Firefly fan since I saw Serenity in the theater in 2005 and rushed out to buy the DVD set that night, and it’s been a pure joy cracking open each of these unique, powerful women to see what she desires, what she fears, and how far her loyalty to Mal can stretch. Have you ever wondered what Zoë, Kaylee, Inara, and River would do without a single man in the picture? Thanks to Saffron’s wiles (and threats), you’re about to find out.”
Artist Bak said, “I’m excited to work with Delilah S. Dawson and Rodrigo Lorenzo on this fun, new story within the Firefly universe, tackling the different elements of a Western and a heist all in one book.”
“As science fiction lover, I feel honored to have the chance to be involved with this project.” added artist Lorenzo. “I am really happy with the idea of getting deep into this genre, and I hope to show the strong passion I have always had for this universe.”
“The galaxy is definitely not ready for the combined powers of all the Firefly women. The Sting brings fans’ favorite butt-kicking heroes and foes together in an exciting, never-before-seen combination where everyone’s looking for a big score but for very different reasons,” said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Delilah, Pius, and Rodrigo bring the adventure and thrills of an intricately planned heist to life with this mix of beloved characters and larger-than-life action.”
Print copies of Firefly: The Sting go on sale November 13, 2019 at local comic book shops and November 19, 2019 at bookstores. Digital copies can be purchased at comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
Deanna Destito is a writer and editor based in New Jersey. When she is not writing about comics or scripting her own stories, she’s watching the lowest budget horror movies available.