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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: Brand New 'Verse (Part 4) Firefly
"Brand New 'Verse" Part 4
Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #4
BOOM! Studios
Written by Josh Lee Gordon
Illustrated by Fabiana Mascolo
Colored by Lucia DiGiamarino
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Character designs by French Carlomagno
Cover by Qistina Khalidah
June 2021


Emma devises a reckless plan to help Rasalia.


Notes from the Firefly/Serenity Chronology


This story is set about 20 years after the events of the TV series.


Didja Know?


Firefly: Brand New 'Verse is a six-issue comic book mini-series published by BOOM! Studios in 2021. The story is set about 20 years after the events of the TV series.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue






Madame Klef

Blue Sun crew




Jayne (dog)




Shakti (River's daughter, not named until "Brand New 'Verse" Part 5) 


Didja Notice?


Madame Klef sends Blue Sun bots designed like giant grasshoppers after our heroes.


On page 9, Kaylee pulls a Crazy Kaylee in the family hover vehicle. The move is likely inspired by the Crazy Ivan maneuver Wash pulled with Serenity in "Government Goods".


After plowing through the grasshopper bots, Kaylee remarks she hasn't had so much fun since "that shindig on Persephone." This is a reference to the events of "Shindig"...over 20 years previous!


Rasalia is disappointed upon seeing Serenity for the first time, thinking that 500 years in her future the technology might be more "futuristic." Emma retorts with "What'dya want? Shiny robots and death lasers and such?" Emma's comments may be a wink by the writer to Star Wars, which Firefly somewhat resembles (as pointed out in the study of "Serenity").


On page 11,  Rasalia refers to Madame Klef as a Blue Sun bruja. Bruja is Spanish for "witch".


When Emma points out that the modern 'Verse probably just has the same old problems Rasalia's Earth-That-Was had 500 years ago,  Rasalia says, "De tal palo, tal astilla..." This is Spanish for "Like father, like son..."


On page 17, Lu says something in Chinese.


Kaylee says something in Chinese on page 18.


As Emma maneuvers Serenity wildly through an asteroid field, Rasalia seems as if she's about to be sick, mumbling, "Dios..." This is Spanish for "God..."


At the end of this issue, we see that River lives in a place very similar to that once lived in by Mr. Universe, with TV screens and monitors all over the place (as seen in "Living Weapon").


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