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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: Blue Sun Rising (Part 5) Firefly
"Blue Sun Rising" Part 5
Firefly #23
BOOM! Studios
Written by Greg Pak
Illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma & Daniel Bayliss
Colored by Marcelo Costa
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover A by Marc Aspinall
November 2020


Mal puts a new plan into motion to stop the Robo-Mals.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue


Boss Moon


Mr. Jacobsen (dies in this issue)

Shepherd Book

Boss Moon's mother (mentioned only)




Ma Reynolds



Director Sang

VM64642 (mentioned only, deactivated)



Didja Notice?


On page 3, Boss Moon tells the Robo-Mals she's taking the sadistic child-tormentor Jacobsen to the hallowhouse ward on Athens so he can get treatment. I've been unable to determine exactly what a hallowhouse is, but from the context it sounds like a mental ward. Athens is the tenth planet in the Georgia system; one of its moons is Whitefall, seen in "Government Goods" when the crew of Serenity attempted to do business with Patience.


Blue Sun's "remote deprecation" facility is located on Perdido, a moon of Prophet. This is the first mention of both in a story.


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