Firefly, the television show, may have been prematurely canceled, but the franchise has lived on in other mediums thanks to the undying support of the show's hardcore fanbase, colloquially known as firebronies, who relentlessly campaign for it to be brought back. Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios is more than happy to oblige, and their latest comic set in the Firefly universe will star Maude Reynolds, the mother of Captain Malcolm Reynolds, the character who was played by Nathan Fillion on the show.
Hitting stores in November, Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds will be written by Greg Pak with art by Davide Gianfelice. A press release provides more details:
Captain Malcolm Reynolds—thief, smuggler, resistance fighter, and now captain of a crew of outcasts all the way on the farthest reaches of the 'verse—wasn't born an outlaw but he comes by it honestly. Turns out, his mother, the infamous Maude Reynolds, is at the top of the Alliance's Most Wanted, and if Mal doesn't get to her first, the Alliance will! Kicking off a new year of Firefly, discover the secret history of Mal and his mother, what that will mean for the rest of the 'verse…and a new brewing war to end all wars.
FIREFLY: THE OUTLAW MA REYNOLDS #1 features a main cover by award-winning artist Ethan Young (Nanjing: The Burning City) and variant covers by artists Ming Doyle (The Kitchen), Michael Walsh (Black Hammer/Justice League) and more.
In the press release, Pak had a special message for firebronies everywhere:
One of the ongoing joys of working on the FIREFLY comics has been the incredible room Joss Whedon and company have given us to explore and expand on the 'Verse they created. OUTLAW MA REYNOLDS may be the biggest example of that — Malcolm Reynolds talks about his mom in the television series, but we've never seen her until the comics. And now we've unspooling an epic tale of the badass outlaw Ma Reynolds and shaking Mal's status quo to the core in a story that truly feels like it matters to this world and these characters. It's a huge pleasure and honor to build on that sweet, loopy Firefly vibe that I love so much. Huge thanks to Joss, all our creative collaborators, and especially all the readers who have made all this possible.
While Gianfelice said:
I'm very excited to illustrate the story of a character as interesting as Maude Reynolds from the Firefly universe. It's been a very fun experience working with Greg to bring Ma Reynolds, Malcolm Reynolds, and the rest of the crew to life as they cause mayhem throughout the galaxy.
Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1 hits stores on January 15th.