Get Started In SERENITY (FIREFLY)

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated Jun 2019

SERENITY (FIREFLY) has a devoted fanbase for good reason...it's a strong space Western story with captivating characters. Despite its short-lived television series, Joss Weadon's Firefly franchise has achieved cult status. The orginal story is set in the year 2517, after humanity's arrival in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a 'Firefly-class' spaceship. The ongoing epic explores the lives of Serenity's crew--some of whom fought on the losing side of a civil war--who make a living on the fringes of society as part of the pioneer culture of their star system. In this future, the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused in culture and civil structure with a single central federal government, called the Alliance. Although no new film or television entries are expected for Serenity (Firefly), the franchise story lives on in comic book form. Dark Horse had been releasing Serenity (Firefly) comic book mini-series every several years from 2005-2017 with irregularly published one-shots interspersed between the mini-series. All stories, although not necessarily published chronologically, are considered canon in the same continuity with the television series and the film. And the story continues, as the comic book license moved to Boom! Studios in 2018.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the current series to help you get started with Serenity (Firefly) comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

Dark Horse had been releasing Serenity (Firefly) comic book mini-series every several years from 2005-2017, but, as of 2018, the comic book license has moved to Boom! Studios who is publishing a new ongoing series--a prequel series--detailing Mal's time in the Browncoats. The previous Dark Horse mini-series jumped around chronologically, and were suited more for the existing fan base. However, Boom! Studios' new prequel ongoing series would be a great place to get started with Serenity (Firefly) comics...even if you've never seen the film or the television series.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
BOOM! STUDIOSOngoingFIREFLY [2018](backstory of Mal's time in the Browncoats)
BOOM! STUDIOSOne-ShotFIREFLY BAD: COMPANY [2019](origin of Saffron)
BOOM! STUDIOSOne-Shot (Hardcover)FIREFLY: THE STING [2019-HC](original story; Saffron and the women of Firefly pull the ultimate heist)

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Serenity (Firefly). Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Serenity (Firefly).

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
FIREFLY #5Quick ViewApr 2019FIREFLY [2018] #5   IN STOCK$3.99
FIREFLY #6
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May 2019FIREFLY [2018] #6   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
FIREFLY #7
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Jun 2019FIREFLY [2018] #7   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
FIREFLY #8
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Jul 2019FIREFLY [2018] #8   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
FIREFLY #9
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Sep 2019FIREFLY [2018] #9   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
FIREFLY #10
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Oct 2019FIREFLY [2018] #10   PRE-ORDER$3.99
$3.39
      
FIREFLY BAD: COMPANY #1Quick ViewMar 2019FIREFLY BAD: COMPANY [2019] #1   (one-shot)IN STOCK$7.99
      
FIREFLY: THE STING
Quick View
Sep 2019FIREFLY: THE STING [2019-HC]   (stand-alone story)UNAVAILABLE$16.99

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Serenity (Firefly) comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Serenity (Firefly). The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

Dark Horse never published softcover compilations of their material, and volume 3 is original material that was never published in individual comic book form. Boom! Studios has taken over the license to produce Firefly comics as of 2018, and they are publishing the Dark Horse material in softcover for the first time under the series title FIREFLY LEGACY EDITION in two volumes.

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
FIREFLY LEGACY EDITION VOL 01Quick ViewNov 2018FIREFLY LEGACY EDITION [2018-TPB] VOL 01
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
FIREFLY LEGACY EDITION VOL 02Quick ViewFeb 2019FIREFLY LEGACY EDITION [2018-TPB] VOL 02
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
SERENITY VOL 01: THOSE LEFT BEHINDQuick ViewAug 2012SERENITY [2007-HC] VOL 01: THOSE LEFT BEHIND
2ND EDITION, CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
SERENITY VOL 02: BETTER DAYS AND OTHER STORIESQuick ViewAug 2011SERENITY [2007-HC] VOL 02: BETTER DAYS AND OTHER STORIES
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
SERENITY VOL 03: SHEPHERD'S TALEQuick ViewNov 2010SERENITY [2007-HC] VOL 03: SHEPHERD'S TALE
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
SERENITY VOL 04: LEAVES ON THE WINDQuick ViewNov 2014SERENITY [2007-HC] VOL 04: LEAVES ON THE WIND
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
SERENITY VOL 05: NO POWER IN THE 'VERSEQuick ViewJul 2017SERENITY [2007-HC] VOL 05: NO POWER IN THE 'VERSE
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
FIREFLY VOL 01: UNIFICATION WARQuick ViewApr 2019FIREFLY [2018-HC] VOL 01: UNIFICATION WAR
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
FIREFLY VOL 02: THE UNIFICATION WARQuick ViewOct 2019FIREFLY [2018-HC] VOL 02: THE UNIFICATION WAR
  
PRE-ORDER$19.99
$16.99
      
FIREFLY: THE STING Quick ViewSep 2019FIREFLY: THE STING [2019-HC]
  
UNAVAILABLE$16.99

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Serenity (Firefly), if it's within your budget.

  • SERENITY [2005] #1  (1st appearance of Serenity (Firefly) (in comics))

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. But, as an ensemble team book, Serenity (Firefly) doesn't have the typical origin story of a typical superhero comic book. Individual character backstories have been explored in several storylines, but the origin of the coming together of the crew as seen in the first episodes of the television series has not been adapted in comic book form. Neither the television series nor the film have been adapted in comic book form.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Serenity (Firefly) comic books. Serenity (Firefly)'s publication history weaves in and among the television series and the film and may be disjointed without having seen the motion media. Listed in this section are the primary Serenity (Firefly) stories that were published as series and mini-series and all of Boom's new stuff. Dark Horse's one-shots and ancillary stories can be found in the Secondary Publication History.

Secondary Publication History

If you've already enjoyed some of the series listed in the Main Publication History above, series from this secondary publication list are very good places to further your exploration. Listed in this section are the Serenity (Firefly) one-shots and ancillary stories. The primary Serenity (Firefly) stories were published as series and mini-series and can be found in the Main Publication History. There are two stories that were originally released in digital form, but have since been included in collected editions. Also, THE SHEPHERD'S TALE was never released in individual comic book form but can be found in SERENITY--VOLUME 3: THE SHEPHERD'S TALE [2010] and FIREFLY LEGACY EDITION [2018-TPB] VOL 01.

  • SERENITY: THE OTHER HALF [2008]    (digital comic, subsequently included in SERENITY [2007-HC] VOL 02: BETTER DAYS AND OTHER STORIES)
  • SERENITY: FLOAT OUT [2010]    
  • SERENITY [2007-HC] VOL 03: THE SHEPHERD'S TALE   (original material in hardcover)
  • SERENITY: DOWNTIME [2010]    (digital comic, subsequently included in SERENITY [2007-HC] VOL 02: BETTER DAYS AND OTHER STORIES)
  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: STAR WARS / SERENITY: FIREFLY CLASS 03-K64 [2012]    (IT'S NEVER EASY)
  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016: GENERAL [SERENITY / HELLBOY / ALIENS] [2016]    (THE WARRIOR AND THE WIND)

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for Serenity (Firefly), any one of which can be a good place to get started. The descriptions indicate how each could enhance exposure to the television series and/or the Serenity film.

2005SERENITY [2005] #1-3   (THOSE LEFT BEHIND, bridges the story between the television series and the film)
2008SERENITY: BETTER DAYS [2008] #1-3   (also set between television series and film, but before the 2005 comic series)
2014SERENITY: FIREFLY CLASS 03-K64--LEAVES ON THE WIND [2014] #1-6   (picks up right where film left off)

Media Source Material

Media source material cover for SERENITY (FIREFLY)

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Serenity (Firefly), this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. However, the 14-episode 2002 Firefly television series and the 2005 Serenity film are integral with--and completely complimentary to--the comic book publications in one seamless continuity. The first comic publication, the 2005 mini-series, SERENITY [2005] #1-3, was released coincidentally with the 2005 film to bridge the story between the television series and the film. While there are no plans for any more screen portrayals, the adventures of the Firefly crew continue in comic book form which are considered canon in the same continuity with the television series and the film.