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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: The Sting (Part 2) Firefly
"The Sting" Part 2
Chapter Two of Firefly: The Sting
Graphic Novel
BOOM! Studios
Written by Delilah S. Dawson
Illustrated by Serg Acuña
Colored by Joanna Lafuente
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover by Marco D'Alfonso
November 2019


Saffron takes the girls to the site of their upcoming theft.


Didja Know?


Firefly: The Sting was originally released as a hardcover graphic novel by BOOM! Studios in November 2019. The graphic novel is broken down into 5 chapters, each illustrated by a different artist. Each chapter is 22 pages long, the length of an average comic book, so it seems like this story may have originally been intended to release as either 5 issues of the ongoing Firefly comic book or a separate 5-issue limited series. Regardless, I have chosen to break up this graphic novel into 5 parts for the PopApostle Firefly studies.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue




Patience (mentioned only)



Mal (mentioned only)




Simon (mentioned only)

Logar Keppelwhite

nun (unnamed) 


Didja Notice?


On page 1 of this chapter (set 7 days before Serenity's arrival on Carolan), Zoe mentions a meeting with Patience. Patience is an elderly woman who is the leader of the backwater moon Whitefall and with whom Serenity has had a couple of dealings in the past, as related in "Government Goods". This flashback sequence implies that Serenity had another, unrecorded, dealing with her some time during the arc of the TV series.


Also on page 1 of this chapter, Jayne expresses concern that River that may have messed with Vera. Vera is the name he has given to his Callahan Full-bore Auto-lock rifle, as seen in a few previous episodes.


On page 4 of this chapter, River remarks that on Earth-That-Was, poppy flowers were considered a symbol of peace, sleep, and death. This is true.


On page 11 of this chapter, in an intentional joke by the writer, Kaylee mistakenly refers to Logar Keppelwhite as Kogar Heppelkoff. 


Chinese translations
(Thanks to the Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for the translations)
Page # Chinese English
10 Zoe says, "Wonder what xi niao moon they'd take the babe to next." xi niao is Chinese for, roughly, "piss-sucking"


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