'Firefly: The Unification War Vol. 2' reveals Mal Reynolds' military past

The rebel past of Malcom Reynolds catches up with him in "Firefly: Unification War Vol. 2" from Boom! Studios. (Image credit: Boom! Studios)

Browncoats, it's finally here — the next chapter of the Unification War of the "Firefly" sci-fi franchise in a new comic from creator Joss Whedon and others.

"Firefly: The Unification War Vol. 2 (opens in new tab)" ($19.99 from Boom! Studios, 2019) released in last month, follows the story of Malcolm Reynolds and his Firefly crew as they deal with the fallout from Volume 1, which hit stores in April 2019 (opens in new tab).

The Unification War formed the backdrop to the "Firefly" TV series, a space western set 500 years in the future that ran for a single season between 2002 and 2003. The war was fought between the Union of Allied Planets and the Independent Planets from 2506 to 2511, according to the Firefly wiki. (opens in new tab) The Alliance won, and the "Firefly" series featured Malcolm Reynolds and other former independent fighters who had to deal with the fallout of being on the losing side.

Firefly: Unification War Vol. 2 | $19.99 (Boom! Studios) (opens in new tab)

Firefly: Unification War Vol. 2 | $19.99 (Boom! Studios) (opens in new tab)

Serenity captain Malcolm Reynolds is in the fight for his life when his rebel past comes back to haunt him in the latest collection from Boom! Studios. It's $14.95 on Amazon right now.

We learn more about the events of the Unification War in the new comic series. "Captain Malcolm Reynolds thought he could outrun his past, but when a simple heist goes wrong, he's forced to confront it," reads a product description of the series on Amazon (opens in new tab). "With the fabled Traitor of Serenity Valley in his sights, Mal's quest for revenge will put him at odds with his own crew, forcing him to make a choice: fix the past or fight for the future."

In the new volume, some of the independent fighters will have to deal with the legal consequences of their decisions. If you don't mind spoilers, you can read some more details in the product description for Volume 2 on Amazon (opens in new tab)

The creative team behind the comic series is Whedon (also known for "Avengers" and "Buffy the Vampired Slayer"), writer Grek Pak ("Mech Cadet Yu", "Totally Awesome Hulk", "Weapon X") and artist Dan McDaid ("Judge Dredd: Mega City Zero.")

 

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. Elizabeth's reporting includes an exclusive with Office of the Vice-President of the United States, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and (soon) a Bachelor of History from Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace