Captain Malcolm Reynolds—thief, smuggler, resistance fighter, and now captain of a crew of outcasts all the way on the farthest reaches of the ‘verse—wasn’t born an outlaw but he comes by it honestly. Turns out, his mother, the infamous Maude Reynolds, is at the top of the Alliance’s Most Wanted, and if Mal doesn’t get to her first, the Alliance will! Kicking off a new year of Firefly, discover the secret history of Mal and his mother, what that will mean for the rest of the ‘verse…and a new brewing war to end all wars.
Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1 features a main cover by award-winning artist Ethan Young (Nanjing: The Burning City) and variant covers by artists Ming Doyle (The Kitchen), Michael Walsh (Black Hammer/Justice League) and more. (official synopsis via Bleeding Cool)
They play a key role in shaping the type of person we become, for better or worse – in my case it’s been infinitely for the better for which I am enormously, eternally thankful – and why would it be any different for good old Mal Reynolds, captain of the much-loved of the Serenity, the spaceship at the centre of the much too short-loved series Firefly?
In this upcoming release we get to meet the woman who helped make the man and it promises to be a very revealing look indeed, according to writer Greg Pak (he’s is bringing the comic to life with artist Davide Gianfelice).
“One of the ongoing joys of working on the Firefly comics has been the incredible room Joss Whedon and company have given us to explore and expand on the ‘Verse they created. Outlaw Ma Reynolds may be the biggest example of that — Malcolm Reynolds talks about his mom in the television series, but we’ve never seen her until the comics. And now we’ve unspooling an epic tale of the badass outlaw Ma Reynolds and shaking Mal’s status quo to the core in a story that truly feels like it matters to this world and these characters. It’s a huge pleasure and honor to build on that sweet, loopy Firefly vibe that I love so much. Huge thanks to Joss, all our creative collaborators, and especially all the readers who have made all this possible.” (via Bleeding Cool)
The joy of comic releases like this is that though the TV series may be finished (at least in terms of new episodes at least), the characters and the fun of it all lives on …