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Firefly: Brand New 'Verse (Part 5) Firefly
"Brand New 'Verse" Part 5
Firefly: Brand New 'Verse #5
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
July 2021


Emma takes Rasalia to River for help.


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









Jayne (dog)






Blue Sun crew

Madame Klef

Wash (in Zoe's memories only, deceased)

Mal (in Zoe's memories only) 


Didja Notice?


On page 4, Rasalia reveals that she likes to go by the nickname "Raz".


On page 5, Rasalia says, "Holaaaa, niñita?" This is Spanish for "Heloooo, little girl?"


River's anatomy lesson about the five different arteries that supply blood to the nasal cavity on page 6 is accurate. The "epistaxis" she refers to is the medical term for "nosebleed".


This issue reveals the Emma is 18 years old and Lu is 17. Rasalia is 449 years old.


River's research on the cortex tells her that Rasalia lived on Golden Gate Isle in San Francisco. There is no real world Golden Gate Isle, so it must be a name that was applied to the half-submerged Golden Gate Bridge on which she was seen to have had a module apartment in "Brand New 'Verse" Part 3.


On page 8, River tells Emma that her daughter is named Shakti and the girl holds within her the "generative, nourishing, and chaotic forces of the cosmos." Shakti is a Hindu term for the primordial cosmic energy present throughout the universe.


Zoe says something in Chinese on page 12.


On page 13, Rasalia remarks that she remembers when she spent all her "quince cash" on her first Bluephone. I don't know what "quince cash" refers to. "Bluephone" must be a smart phone-type device made by Blue Sun.


On page 18, River, reading Rasalia's memories, says, "Tu mamá te enseño mejor que eso." This is Spanish for "Your mom taught you better than that."


Page 19 implies that Mal became a heavy drinker at some point and "lost the will" to continue as Serenity's captain. 


On page 21, the image seen on River's various monitors appears to be the Complete and Official Map of the Verse, once sold by Quantum Mechanix.
River's monitors Complete and Official Map of the Verse


On page 21, as she's working at her computer console, River recites, "Starlight, starbright...first star I see tonight." This is from the English nursery rhyme "Star Light, Star Bright". The full rhyme goes:

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.


Madame Klef says something in Chinese on page 22.


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