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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: Blue Sun Rising (Part 7) Firefly
"Blue Sun Rising" Part 7
Firefly: Blue Sun Rising #1
BOOM! Studios
Written by Greg Pak
Illustrated by Dan McDaid (w/ inks by Vincenzo Federici)
Colored by Marcelo Costa
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover A by Nimit Malavia
November 2020


The crew has their showdown with Blue Sun and Director Sang.


Notes from the Firefly/Serenity Chronology


    This issue wraps up the Blue Sun Rising storyline with Mal no longer sheriff of the Georgia system and most of the crew staying on Haven, at least for a time, to build a home there. Only Mal, Jayne, Kaylee, and Leonard Chang-Benitez leave on Serenity, feeling the pull of adventure, though Zoe and Wash seem to imply they will join them again once they make sure the folks setting up the homestead on Haven are safe. But the gang is all together again aboard Serenity by the time of "Those Left Behind" Part 1, with Inara preparing to leave "for good" (which she does in "Those Left Behind" Part 3). Also in "Those Left Behind" Part 3, Shepherd Book informs Mal that he is leaving Serenity, setting up his absence from the ship and residency on Haven. These two leavings set up the situation aboard Serenity just as seen in the Serenity feature film (beginning in "Triggered").

   This, of course, leaves Leonard's absence from most of the Firefly/Serenity stories from here on unexplained, but we must assume that some new events transpired that causes his absence and brings the rest of the crew back on board for "Those Left Behind" Part 1 (though Leonard is back with the crew again by the time of "Return to Earth-That-Was" Part 1, "a few years down the road").


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Agent Manahatta




Shepherd Book




Boss Moon



Boss Moon's mother


Director Sang

Stev LeRoux

Sang's assistant

Stever (mentioned only)

Agent Carpenter

Ma Reynolds 


Didja Notice?


As this issue opens, Jayne is seen to be wearing his chullo cap though he was not wearing it at the end of "Blue Sun Rising" Part 6, which ended immediately before this issue opens.


On page 1, Mal remarks that Serenity is almost 60 years old and that Blue Sun wasn't around back then.


On pages 3-4, Agent Manahatta determines that Boss Moon's mechanical innards contain a Fermius core and an A-issue mini G9 power regulator. These appear to be the first mentions of such on the 'Verse.


On page 14, Boss Moon wakes up in a med unit on Dunny. Dunny, like Perdido, is a moon of Prophet in the Georgia system.


Near the end of the story, it's implied that Ma Reynolds will die soon on an unidentified planet due to her injuries.


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