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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: The Spilling of Blood Firefly
"The Spilling of Blood"
Firefly #3 (BOOM! Studios)
Written by Greg Pak
Illustrated by Dan McDaid
Colored by Macelo Costa
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover by Lee Garbett
January 2019


Mal and Zoe face the Unificators; the Pilgrims of Moriah arrive at the Sacred Spires and begin a ritual.


Didja Know?


The issues of this series were untitled. I came up with the title "The Spilling of Blood" from a line of dialog in the issue.

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

Boss Moon
Chang Benitez gang
Pilgrims of Moriah
Shepherd Book
Brother Philip
Brother Jacob (corpse only)
Shea (mentioned only, business called Shea's Vittals)
Bux O'Flanagan (dies in this issue)


Didja Notice?


On pages 13-16, the trussed up Boss Moon seems to keep changing location in the bed of the prairie skimmer.


On page 14, Boss Moon tells Mal that he and his mother could have been living in the New Freedom colony on Beaumonde now if they hadn't been breaking the law during the Unification War. Beaumonde appears later in "Triggered". This is the first mention of the New Freedom colony.


When the Pilgrims of Moriah arrive at the Sacred Spires, they begin singing a religious hymn. The lyrics are from "Shall We Gather at the River?" (originally titled "Hanson Place") by American gospel music composer and poet Robert Lowry (1826–1899) in 1864.


On page 18, Inara tells the Pilgrims of Moriah she is Buddhist. This is also implied by her kneeling and lighting incense in front of a Buddha statue in "A Better World".


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