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Saffron unites the women of the Serenity crew to join her on a heist in this all-new original FIREFLY graphic novel. Saffron -- the enigmatic rogue who captured the hearts of FIREFLY fans worldwide, as well as the heart of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds -- returns to the Serenity. But this time, she’s got no time for Mal, as she’s there to recruit the women of the ship to join her Saffron unites the women of the Serenity crew to join her on a heist in this all-new original FIREFLY graphic novel. Saffron -- the enigmatic rogue who captured the hearts of FIREFLY fans worldwide, as well as the heart of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds -- returns to the Serenity. But this time, she’s got no time for Mal, as she’s there to recruit the women of the ship to join her on a heist that has personal stakes for all involved. New York Times Bestselling writer Delilah S. Dawson (Sparrowhawk, Star Wars: Phasma), along with a team of artists including Pius Bak, Rodrigo Lorenzo, and Taj Tenfold, enter Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY to reveal an untold chapter of the fan-favorite saga.


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Saffron unites the women of the Serenity crew to join her on a heist in this all-new original FIREFLY graphic novel. Saffron -- the enigmatic rogue who captured the hearts of FIREFLY fans worldwide, as well as the heart of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds -- returns to the Serenity. But this time, she’s got no time for Mal, as she’s there to recruit the women of the ship to join her Saffron unites the women of the Serenity crew to join her on a heist in this all-new original FIREFLY graphic novel. Saffron -- the enigmatic rogue who captured the hearts of FIREFLY fans worldwide, as well as the heart of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds -- returns to the Serenity. But this time, she’s got no time for Mal, as she’s there to recruit the women of the ship to join her on a heist that has personal stakes for all involved. New York Times Bestselling writer Delilah S. Dawson (Sparrowhawk, Star Wars: Phasma), along with a team of artists including Pius Bak, Rodrigo Lorenzo, and Taj Tenfold, enter Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY to reveal an untold chapter of the fan-favorite saga.

30 review for Firefly Original Graphic Novel: The Sting

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    For those that know me, there is no big surprise to the fact that I consider myself a huge fan of the TV show Firefly and the follow up movie Serenity. I've watched them both numerous times, I've bought T-shirts, listened to themed podcasts, bought music CDs that featured songs inspired by the franchise and met four of the actors from the show at comic conventions. I've also bought and of course read all the comics that have been published by various companies. So when I saw that this one shot har For those that know me, there is no big surprise to the fact that I consider myself a huge fan of the TV show Firefly and the follow up movie Serenity. I've watched them both numerous times, I've bought T-shirts, listened to themed podcasts, bought music CDs that featured songs inspired by the franchise and met four of the actors from the show at comic conventions. I've also bought and of course read all the comics that have been published by various companies. So when I saw that this one shot hardcover graphic novel was being published, I immediately put in a pre-order for it. I read it yesterday and I was pretty happy with the results. The story is written by Delilah S. Dawson with a different artist and colorist for each chapter of the story. I should be upfront with my opinion that some of the art is better than other parts. Perhaps it was a nice idea to have the series of artists work on each chapter, but I do think one consistent artist might've been a way to go for the story. Of course, I'm not even close to being an art expert so that could just be my own personal preference. As for the story (set before the events of the "Serenity" movie) think of the Ocean's 11 series. Or since this story features the female characters, perhaps a more apt comparison would be to Ocean's 8 (the recent movie led by Sandra Bullock). The women of Serenity (Zoe, Inara, Kaylee and River) are set to get some planet-side downtime at a spa. But the rest and relaxation is quickly interrupted when Saffron shows up once more in their lives. She ends up blackmailing them into a heist. The stakes are pretty high. If they pull off the heist successfully they stand to get their cut of huge haul of diamonds, to set them up quite nicely for the forseeable future. But they have to infiltrate a convent full of lunatic nuns to do it. And if that isn't enough of an obstacle to overcome, there is the matter of "tweaked one" Saffron. Everyone knows she's untrustworthy and is certain to betray them. But the when, where and how of said anticipated betrayal is unknown so the women have to be doubly on guard. I'll let you read the book for the rest of story, but suffice to say, it was quite an entertaining story full of action, intrigue and a nice twist or two to further liven up the proceedings. "The Sting" is a worthy addition to the Firefly comics canon and I would look forward to another story like this in the same kind of format from Delilah S. Dawson.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    A mixed bag. It's been a long time since I watched Firefly, to be fair. I thought that some of the inner dialogue was a little heavy handed, and Saffron seemed like she was supposed to sound clever, but just sounded awkward? I did like River's inner dialogue, though. Warning for Mal's usual anti-sex-work comments. (But everyone tells him he's an asshole for saying it, if that counts for anything.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andy Summers

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm horribly biased towards anything Firefly. It pained me to only give this two stars. It was obvious the author only watched a couple episodes at best. You don't mess with cannon. The most glaring example was the switch between Zoe and Wash with who wanted a baby. It's an attempt to give Zoe a feeble character arc in the story. It's a much more interesting contrast to have this total badass warrior who also wants to have a baby. Sadly, this wasn't explored further because of the cancellation o I'm horribly biased towards anything Firefly. It pained me to only give this two stars. It was obvious the author only watched a couple episodes at best. You don't mess with cannon. The most glaring example was the switch between Zoe and Wash with who wanted a baby. It's an attempt to give Zoe a feeble character arc in the story. It's a much more interesting contrast to have this total badass warrior who also wants to have a baby. Sadly, this wasn't explored further because of the cancellation of the show. The author also has trouble with the lingo of the 'verse. Sure, a "shiny" is thrown in here and there, but the characters speech was dropped much too often. It pulled me out of the story every time. This goes back to only watching a couple episodes, not enough to get speech patterns down. I really wanted to like this one. Bringing back Yo-saf-bridge was cool, but I think she shines more when putting Mal through the proverbial wringer. The art was ok. The characters didn't really look like themselves. A few panels were spot on, which made me wonder what happened to the rest? I know all you other fans out there will still read this. We're always hungry for more Firefly. Just don't get your hopes up for this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    The premise of this is great, but the pacing was so. painfully. slow. I didn’t know a heist story could be this slow! There was also wayyyyyy too much inner monologue, and jumping from one POV to the next was torture and killed the momentum. Saffron also deserved more depth. They could have done way more with her character, but she seemed pretty surface-layer here. The art was inconsistent; they should have chosen one style. 3/5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    This feels very much like a middle-of-the-season episode and most of the character voices feel true to the show. I did have a few gripes, but these days I’m preferring to focus on the positive. Worth a quick read for fans of Serenity and her crew.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kym Taborn

    Wasn't as engaging or fun as I had hoped it would be.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alory Shannon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really wanted to like this a lot more than I did. I was hoping for a fun heist story, and it...just wasn't. Parts of it were good, but it just didn't feel very "Firefly" throughout most of it, if that makes sense.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I do enjoy a good heist caper. The women of Serenity battle some maybe-evil nuns alongside Saffron, and a bunch of twisty double crosses follow. I'm not a big Firefly fan, so I don't have a ton of context to go along with this, but I definitely found the story easy to fall into. A big thanks to Boom Studios for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kait

    A little clunky at times, and most of the womens' inner monologues centered on the guys. However, this is a nice addition to the Firefly universe. It fills in some holes of when certain things in the canon are decided. I enjoyed how each issue focused on one character and how the art and coloring changed to match that character.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Nothing really stood out in terms of the writing, but it was entertaining enough and I quite liked the drawing style, which was much more preferable to that of the Unification Wars series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    RG

    All over the shop

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hobart

    ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S FIREFLY: THE STING ABOUT? While Mal and the Serenity are tied up, Inara takes Zoë, Kaylee, and River to a luxury spa. The ladies are having a wonderful time when they're essentially taken hostage by Yo-Saff-Bridge who wants them (or at least Inara, Zoë, and Kaylee) to help. It's a great scheme, even if she has to threaten the lives of the rest of their crew to get their cooperation. After the setup, we get four c ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S FIREFLY: THE STING ABOUT? While Mal and the Serenity are tied up, Inara takes Zoë, Kaylee, and River to a luxury spa. The ladies are having a wonderful time when they're essentially taken hostage by Yo-Saff-Bridge who wants them (or at least Inara, Zoë, and Kaylee) to help. It's a great scheme, even if she has to threaten the lives of the rest of their crew to get their cooperation. After the setup, we get four chapters showing how Saffron's plan goes, each chapter focusing on one of her accomplices. While we see them carry out the plan (and as it goes horribly awry, as all plans we see with this crew do) we get the chance to get into the minds of the women of Serentiy. Zoë and Wash are having some troubles as they consider having a child (more her troubles than his at this point) and she's thinking about what they're going through. Inara's decided to leave, but she can't bring herself to tell Mal. Kaylee's focused on her friends, thinking about them. The best chapter is River's chapter (which is a tautology, I realize). Part of that is because that's the action's climax and River gets the chance to shine, part of that is because it's about River. HOW WAS THE ART? There was a different artist for each of the five chapters, which was an interesting approach. It kept things from getting stale, it helped ensure that each chapter was easily distinguished from the others, and you could probably make the case that each art style used was the best way to capture the primary character for that chapter. I didn't love all of the art, but a couple of the chapters blew me away, the characters have rarely looked better. SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT FIREFLY: THE STING? I appreciated this approach to storytelling and Dawson has a good handle on each character, and captured the voices perfectly (I could really hear Jewel Staite's voice as I read Kaylee's thoughts/speech bubbles). I'm not sure it was the best story, but the way that Dawson and the artists told the story more than made up for it. And it's always fun to see Yo-Saff-Bridge try to dig herself out of trouble.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fei

    The art didnt pop as much as other volumes but i enjoyed the foray back into the universe and getting the chance for the women center storyline.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Enjoyable,and a bittersweet reminder of what could have been.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Saffron manages to press all my buttons, but I did enjoy the new adventure she ensnared the girls into. I liked how each woman got a segment in which her thoughts were delved into, particularly Inara and her struggle with Mal and what could potentially be between them, and Zoe with her doubts about having a child (though it was a little bit of a flip from the show, where Wash has doubts and Zoe is gung ho). Kaylee and River always add some flair, and in the end they foiled Saffron's treachery an Saffron manages to press all my buttons, but I did enjoy the new adventure she ensnared the girls into. I liked how each woman got a segment in which her thoughts were delved into, particularly Inara and her struggle with Mal and what could potentially be between them, and Zoe with her doubts about having a child (though it was a little bit of a flip from the show, where Wash has doubts and Zoe is gung ho). Kaylee and River always add some flair, and in the end they foiled Saffron's treachery and live another day, so all in all a fun read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debra Golden

    It was a quick and fast paced read for my book club. I enjoyed it, but confess the characters differed from the ones on tv and i like those better. Fun, and lively drawing, but mostly okay. I may read another - the first.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    "Firefly fans, it’s time to celebrate. There’s yet another graphic novel out there for us to dive into. I know it isn’t quite the same as another season, but we’ll take what we can get, right? Anything to keep Joss Whedon’s creation alive. Firefly: The Sting is the latest original graphic novel to come out in the world of Firefly. But this time around? The focus is on the ladies of the crew. That’s right: Kaylee, Zoe, Inara, and River are back. And they’re joined by Saffron. So you just know tha "Firefly fans, it’s time to celebrate. There’s yet another graphic novel out there for us to dive into. I know it isn’t quite the same as another season, but we’ll take what we can get, right? Anything to keep Joss Whedon’s creation alive. Firefly: The Sting is the latest original graphic novel to come out in the world of Firefly. But this time around? The focus is on the ladies of the crew. That’s right: Kaylee, Zoe, Inara, and River are back. And they’re joined by Saffron. So you just know that nothing is going to go quite as planned, thanks to her backstabbing ways. The Sting takes place before the events of the movie, fitting neatly somewhere before the crew went off in their own directions. And that means that there is still a whole lot of personality and sass onboard the ship. In this little misadventure, once again, we find Saffron approaching the crew with an idea for a heist (which you just know she’ll backstab them for in the end). But this time around she’s only approaching the ladies of the ship. That may raise some questions, but since it gives us a chance to see our favorite characters working together, we’re not going to complain." Check out my full review over at Word of the Nerd

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    This is a pretty good story that is unfortunately let down by its artwork. Dawson does a good job of getting into the minds of the Firefly female characters, and using them to push this heist story led by charismatic antagonist Saffron. Each issue prioritizes one character and helps to bridge where the characters ended the series and where they were in the movie (although this doesn't explicitly form that entire bridge). The heist itself ends up taking a back seat to the introspection, even as it This is a pretty good story that is unfortunately let down by its artwork. Dawson does a good job of getting into the minds of the Firefly female characters, and using them to push this heist story led by charismatic antagonist Saffron. Each issue prioritizes one character and helps to bridge where the characters ended the series and where they were in the movie (although this doesn't explicitly form that entire bridge). The heist itself ends up taking a back seat to the introspection, even as it helps drive their decisions forward. The problem is that the art makes the story more confusing -when it's not immediately evident if a character is Kayley or River, that's a problem. And even Inara isn't always easily recognizable. Or Zoe. How can you draw (and color) these characters and not make them distinctive? The story intentionally sidelines all the men (and Book is entirely absent), but even River doesn't really get a chance to shine; it really focuses on Zoe, Inara and Kayley, with Saffron as the catalyst for change. Those stories are interesting and worth reading, but the story loses some of its power due to the art and perhaps too much focus on thoughts over actions. Still, Firefly fans will get enough out of it (and it really does seem to get the characters it focuses on well) to make it worth the read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Pretty good story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Nichols

    The idea outdistanced the execution. I love the idea of a girl's heist with the women of Serenity crossing paths with Firefly's best villain. It's got great potential, but you'd need to really nail it to make it more than a gimmick. The heist itself is interesting. There's a structure of entrapment that gives a bit of suspense, but ultimately falls flat (Saffron actually lets Zoe out after trapping her). Zoe and Wash are arguing about a baby and taking OPPOSITE sides from what they had on the show. The idea outdistanced the execution. I love the idea of a girl's heist with the women of Serenity crossing paths with Firefly's best villain. It's got great potential, but you'd need to really nail it to make it more than a gimmick. The heist itself is interesting. There's a structure of entrapment that gives a bit of suspense, but ultimately falls flat (Saffron actually lets Zoe out after trapping her). Zoe and Wash are arguing about a baby and taking OPPOSITE sides from what they had on the show. Kaylee sounds far more bumpkin-ish than she ever did in the show. I know this is nitpicking, but when the characters are this beloved, it's important to get them right. Wash and Zoe especially stick out considering you could have just watched Firefly and seen this same argument taken from different sides. When the hook and charm of your stories depends on the use of previously established, previously beloved characters, it's important to get them right. This was a fun little bit of fan fiction done at a professional level, but with middling fact-checking ability.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    It was fine. The author seemed to get the voices of each character correct. Fun little story. Don't feel inclined to read nother in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Delilah Dawson is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. The plot here is complex, and lots of characters "take the lead" in this ensemble story of the women of Firefly. The premise (that Saffron had been hiding on board Serenity, and thus able to cause a full set of hijinx) felt a little beyond what the character (to me) is capable of, but everything after that was true-to-character and strong. Props to the many artists, colorers, and letterers involved, especially for the interstitial ar Delilah Dawson is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors. The plot here is complex, and lots of characters "take the lead" in this ensemble story of the women of Firefly. The premise (that Saffron had been hiding on board Serenity, and thus able to cause a full set of hijinx) felt a little beyond what the character (to me) is capable of, but everything after that was true-to-character and strong. Props to the many artists, colorers, and letterers involved, especially for the interstitial art between chapters. It was impressive and intriguing. I hope that there are more stories like this coming.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    While this was somewhat of an enjoyable visit with some of my very favorite characters in the world, it was just an ok story, and the art was also just... ok. Comic artists never get Zoe quite right, and this book was no exception. Story-wise, I enjoyed River's perspective the most. The dialect on Kaylee was overdone. Zoe's introspection bordered on whining, which is completely out of character for her. Inara's section was too drawn out and repetitive. And for all the hype of "let's go on an adve While this was somewhat of an enjoyable visit with some of my very favorite characters in the world, it was just an ok story, and the art was also just... ok. Comic artists never get Zoe quite right, and this book was no exception. Story-wise, I enjoyed River's perspective the most. The dialect on Kaylee was overdone. Zoe's introspection bordered on whining, which is completely out of character for her. Inara's section was too drawn out and repetitive. And for all the hype of "let's go on an adventure with Saffron!" there was no real adventure, and Saffron had very little depth. Overall: disappointing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Halbert

    The women of Serenity attempt to enjoy a girls' day out, only to be forced into assisting Saffron on a diamond heist. Also, nuns are involved. Great in concept, but the end result could be better. There's a lot of forced drama and some inner dialogues that don't feel totally Firefly. Zoe in particular seemed off, both in writing and artwork. Speaking of the artwork, some of the panels are spot on, but a lot of them feel rushed and sketchy, especially when compared to the good ones. Overall was a The women of Serenity attempt to enjoy a girls' day out, only to be forced into assisting Saffron on a diamond heist. Also, nuns are involved. Great in concept, but the end result could be better. There's a lot of forced drama and some inner dialogues that don't feel totally Firefly. Zoe in particular seemed off, both in writing and artwork. Speaking of the artwork, some of the panels are spot on, but a lot of them feel rushed and sketchy, especially when compared to the good ones. Overall was an okay read, but slightly disappointing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    A discombobulated little heist story for Firefly's female characters, The Sting fails to give them room to breathe by shoe-horning them into situations in which they're forced to confront their fears. The parts are all there, but the execution is lacking. The wild shifts in art from issue to issue don't help. And who is this Saffron villain? Even if I did recall her from the show, some re-introductory material would have been nice.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    This felt like a missing episode of the show, in a word, great. Mal, Jayne, Wash, Simon, and Book are relegated to the background as this volume focuses on all the women of Firefly 'teaming up' with Saffron (Mal's estranged 'wife' from the show) for a heist on a nunnery. That's the basic premise, but man does Delilah have each character's voice down. There were multiple times that I felt like I could hear the actors say the lines, which shows a great level of authenticity.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Gray

    It was just OK. It was a great idea for a story, and I could see the events being written into an episode. But in the end the story didn’t capture the feel of the characters for me. And I want to say, and this is nit picking a little, but there were a couple of panels where Wash was way taller than Zoe and really no sorry not at all. And, minor spoiler I guess, was it just me or did anyone else keep thinking why does she use that diamond ring to cut the glass.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Francq

    It didn't hold up to the writting and creativity of the Serenity series. I had high hopes for a good story and was really let down. The majority of it just didn't read right. Everything was off a bit. The style and rhythm that the original creator and writer's of the series had and put into it just wasn't there. Very sad and put down by this GN.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Uttaku

    I wanted to like this I really did - but it just wasn't that good. While the premise and story are pure firefly the characters felt off (why oh why were wash/zoey swapped for babies?) and to be honest the 1st half just dragged, far too mopey and not engaging. The final 3rd with River and Kaylee felt more as it should have been but not enough to save it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Geub

    The synopsis made it sound more exciting than it was. Fell kinda flat on my radar. I haven't read a lot of Firefly stuff lately and I thought this would be a fun side romp with the ladies. But it was just ok. I'm not thrilled by it or appalled by it either.

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