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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Firefly: The Gospel According to Jayne (Part 1) Firefly
"The Gospel According to Jayne" Part 1
All-New Firefly #1
BOOM! Studios
Written by David M. Booher
Illustrated by Jordi Perez
Colored by Francesco Segala, w/ assistance by Gloria Martinelli
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover by Mona Finden
February 2022

 

Jayne gets the crew in (more) trouble with the law.

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

 

Jayne

Wyland Trax (in flashback only)

Radiant Cobb (in flashback only)

Father Franklin (in flashback only)

Mattie Cobb (mentioned in flashback only)

bar patrons

Jayne's attacker (cousin of Lilac's magistrate)

Jayne's attacker's brother (mentioned only, deceased)

bartender

Mal

Zoe

Lilac's magistrate (mentioned only)

Kaylee

Inara

Simon

River

Leonard

Emma

monks

 

Didja Know?

 

All-New Firefly is a 10-issue limited series comic book (with a stand-alone Big Damn Finale special) published by BOOM! Studios in 2022. It told a single 11-part storyline that, when later published as three trade paperback collections, was titled The Gospel According to Jayne.

 

The "Wanted Poster" variant cover of this issue features Malcolm Reynolds, wanted at a 1000 credits bounty. Suspect considered highly dangerous. The Chinese writing on all of the wanted poster variants of this series spell out "Wanted". 

 

Didja Notice?

 

The story opens with a scene of Jayne as a youth in Juno, Sycorax 33 years ago. This is the first mention of Juno, but it may be the city that was seen in "Fun With Dick and Jayne". Sycorax was established as being Jayne's homeworld in The Ghost Machine.

 

During the flashback scene on page 3, young Jayne is accused of stealing from an apothecary, and Father Franklin remarks he has broken Sycorax's seventh law: Thou shalt not steal. This may suggest that Sycorax has a law code based on the Biblical Ten Commandments. "Thou shalt not steal" is often listed as one of the commandments, but not always the seventh, as the commandments' numbering (and even the particular commandments themselves) vary among religious denominations.

 

Young Jayne mentions that Mattie needs his damplung medicine. Mattie is Jayne's brother, first said to suffer from damplung in "The Message".

 

Page 5 switches the action to "now", on Lilac, the second moon of New Canaan in the Blue Sun system. Lilac was previously seen in "Triggered".

 

    On page 5, Jayne's attacker confronts him over his supposed status on Higgins' Moon as the Hero of Canton, whom he believes failed his mudder brother there. This is a reference to "Jaynestown", in which it's revealed that Jayne is considered a hero in the town of Canton on Higgins' Moon for stealing money from the rich industrialists and giving it to the poor. A mudder is a slang term for the poor workers on Higgins' Moon, who work in the "mud", which is collected and used as a ceramic to make parts and other items.

    Higgins' Moon (named for Magistrate Higgins) is mistakenly spelled Higgin's Moon here and throughout this 11-part storyline.

 

On page 10, Mal drives a four-wheeled mule bike similar to the one in early episodes of Firefly, notably "War Stories". That one was seemingly damaged badly in that episode. Presumably, this is a different one, as it is a different color (blue-gray instead of yellow). Serenity also has a hover-mule similar the ones that give chase to Mal and Jayne here.

 

On page 13, River and Emma are playing with Wash's old dinosaur figures.

 

On page 15, River remarks that Serenity's fuel cells carry a maximum range of 400 A.U.s. A.U. is an abbreviation for "astronomical unit", a unit of distance in space, approximately the distance from Earth to the Sun (about 93 million miles or 8.3 light-minutes).

 

Page 16 is the first mention of an uncharted moon nicknamed Requiem in the Blue Sun system.

 

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