Saffron’s Origin Revealed In Firefly: Bad Company This March

by James Ferguson

Boom! Studios is wasting no time now that they’ve acquired the license for Firefly. We already saw a stunning debut in a new comic, plus some of the older comics in a cool new collection. This March, we’ll get the first of what I hope is many over-sized special’s with Firefly: Bad Company.

This one-shot, written by Josh Lee Gordon and illustrated by Francesco Mortarino, reveals the secret origin of the fan-favorite character, Saffron. We’ll go through Saffron’s early days before her fateful “marriage” to Captain Mal and how she’s connected to the bounty currently on Mal’s head in the Firefly comic. This serves a dual purpose of not only expanding the stories, but linking it to the new comics.

Writer Josh Lee Gordon says:

Though we only meet Saffron briefly, it’s a testament to the richness of Firefly and its world that she remains endlessly compelling all these years later. The original series remains a tremendous influence on my work, and I’m thrilled by this opportunity to contribute something of my own to the ‘Verse.

Firefly: Bad Company #1 will feature a main cover by Diego Galindo and a variant cover by Jamal Campbell.

Artist Francesco Mortarino adds:

I’m really excited to work on such a famous Joss Whedon property. It will be really challenging to draw such an appreciated and beloved character as Saffron, and I’m looking forward to giving it my best!

Boom! Studios has shown they’re behind Firefly 100%. As a Browncoat, I’m super excited for this and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us.

Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor at Boom! Studios says:

Saffron is one of the most fascinating characters in Firefly — in just a handful of appearances, she rocketed to fan-favorite with the perfect mix of charisma, cunning and controlled chaos that makes us want to know what quickly became clear was unknowable…neither by us, nor by Saffron herself. But what we do know is that she’s not someone to be crossed, and her  drive to survive by any means necessary makes her one of those most dangerous characters our crew has encountered. Josh and Francesco are digging into not just who Saffron is to the people in her life, but why she wears those faces and what it means for her past, present and future. This is just the beginning of BOOM! Studios’ plans to dig deeper into the untold stories from Firefly that fans have demanded…and Saffron has a big role to play in 2019!

Firefly: Bad Company #1 is set for release on March 20th, 2019.

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