'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" ($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.

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. 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)

Firefly: Unification War Vol. 2 | $19.99 (Boom! Studios)

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. "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

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
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Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, 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 a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. 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