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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: Small 'Verse Firefly
"Small 'Verse"
Firefly #17
BOOM! Studios
Written by Greg Pak
Illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colored by Francesco Segala
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover A by Marc Aspinall
July 2020


Mal and Boss Moon track down the mystery killer.


Didja know?


Unlike the previous chapters of the New Sheriff in the 'Verse storyline, this issue does not have a title printed in it. I guess they forgot to put it in! If Greg Pak is reading this, feel free to email me at the address above to let me know the real title! I chose "Small 'Verse" as the title based on an observation Mal makes near the beginning of the issue.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Boss Moon


Kaylee (mentioned only)

Leonard Chang-Benitez (mentioned only)

Jayne (mentioned only)

Agent Franklin Fan


mysterious killer

Tech Agent Mannahatta

Agent Carpenter

Director Sang 


Didja Notice?


Mal tells Inara that the mysterious killer carries a thirty ought thirty Rangebuster pistol. This is the first mention of this type of gun.


The killer is briefly caught in Inara's home galvanizer, installed around the frame of the door to her apartment on New Magistrar. It seems to be an electrical field that is capable of disrupting other electrical systems with which it comes in contact.


The killer is wearing Flexitech armor. This appears to be a fictitious brand used in the 'Verse, but in the real world, Flexitech is a designer and manufacturer of brake hose systems.


On page 11, Boss Moon tells Tech Agent Mannahatta that a Blue Sun representative was tossing the Diamond Quantum Core communications devices out like Union Day candy on Boros. Presumably, she means "Unification Day" in celebration of the day the Unification War ended. The holiday was seen in "The Train Job". "Union Day" may be a popular shorthand way of saying it in some places in the 'Verse.


Mal and Boss Moon ambush the killer at a diamond mine on Ares. Ares is one of the moons of Boros. This is its first appearance in a story.


In panel 1 of page 18, Mal repeats himself a bit when talking to the fallen killer, saying, "How many of you more of you are out there?"


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