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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: Return to Earth-That-Was (Part 5) Firefly
"Return to Earth-That-Was" Part 5
Firefly #29
BOOM! Studios
Written by Greg Pak
Illustrated by Simona Di Gianfelice
Colored by Francesco Segala
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover A by Bengal
May 2021


The crew explores Earth-That-Was.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue











Stev (mentioned only)

Lank (mentioned only)

Leonard (mentioned only)

Inara (mentioned only)


Jefa Orangeles



Didja Notice?


On page 3, Emma calls the Wash robot "Washbot" and both Zoe and the robot seem to accept that as his new name, for lack of a better one.


On page 4, Jayne and River discover three M1911 Colt government pistols on the corpses of the dead men and women who attacked them on Earth-That-Was. This is a real world weapon, the M1911 semi-automatic pistol designed by John Browning in 1911 and still in use by many civilians and military personnel throughout the world today.


On page 5, Simon refers to the ships that brought people from Earth to the 'Verse during the original exodus as "arkships".


On page 13, Washbot reports that Serenity has passed over the small towns of Kadoka, Murdo, and Chamberlain (in South Dakota) and that he is hoping to get them to Minneapolis (Minnesota). On page 17, Washbot sets the ship down in Sioux Falls, South Dakota instead, as he has discovered that it was the home of the Midwest regional headquarters of Washburne Industries, a manufacturer of kitchen appliances. The Washburne Industries mentioned here is surely fictitious, but there is an actual small company by that name based in Seattle, Washington, offering computer programming services.


On page 21, Serenity is fired upon by a Chambers-Guang 899ER with a second gen Balaton harpoon. This according to Mal's identification of the weapon.


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