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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Firefly: The Gospel According to Jayne (Part 4) Firefly
"The Gospel According to Jayne" Part 4
All-New Firefly #4
BOOM! Studios
Written by David M. Booher
Illustrated by Jordi Perez
Colored by Francesco Segala, w/ assistance by Gloria Martinelli
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover by Mona Finden
May 2022

 

As the crew prepares to leave Requiem, a complication arises.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Juno townsfolk (in flashback only)

Radiant Cobb (in flashback only)

Jayne

Jayne's father (mentioned in flashback only)

Father Franklin (mentioned in flashback only, deceased)

Mattie

head monk

dead monk

monks

Inara

Mal

Zoe

Emma

Simon

River

Leonard

Kaylee

Tax Collector

Tax Collector's men

Owen Cobb

 

Didja Know?

 

All-New Firefly is a 10-issue limited series comic book (with a stand-alone Big Damn Finale special) published by BOOM! Studios in 2022. It told a single 11-part storyline that, when later published as three trade paperback collections, was titled The Gospel According to Jayne.

 

The "Wanted Poster" variant cover of this issue features Inara Serra, wanted at a 1500 credits bounty, with suspect considered highly dangerous. I'm not sure why her bounty would be more than that of Mal and Zoe (1000 credits on previous covers).

 

Didja Notice?

 

In the flashback scene in Juno, Sycorax 33 years ago that opens the issue, Sheng Dan Jieh is Chinese for "Holy Birth Festival", the term used by Christians in China for the Christmas day holiday.

 

On page 2, Jayne's narration comments on receiving package drops of Christmas presents from his secret agent dad. In "A Christmas Cobb", Jayne and Mattie's mother had spun a story that their missing father was a secret agent in the Xuan Wu system. Jayne's reflections on the time he fell into a frozen pond and was rescued by his brother are also from events seen in that previous story.

 

The words of the head monk at the funeral for the dead monk on pages 5-10 are from quotes of the Buddha on death.

 

On page 16, Mal and Zoe give the head monk a pile of guns, with the advice that if the monks learn to shoot, they'll have a lot more peace. The pair of them are reminded of the Alliance's slogans at the start of the Unification War, "War is peace." The Unification War was fought between the Alliance and the Independent Planets from 2506-2511 to bring the 'Verse fully into Alliance control, in which Mal and Zoe fought for the Independents. The phrase "war is peace" originated in George Orwell's 1949 novel 1984

 

In the last panel of page 16, Inara's shuttle has a symbol painted on the hull of two six-pointed stars and a crescent moon. I'm not sure exactly what this signifies, but, in general, spiritually, a six-pointed star signifies a balance of the elements, and a crescent moon the goddess or divine feminine energy of the universe.

 

At the end of the issue, Jayne meets his previously unknown son, Owen.

 

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