Meet Captain Mal’s Mom In Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds

by James Ferguson

Firefly #10 ended with a surprising cliffhanger, introducing us to Ma Reynolds, the mother of Captain Mal Reynolds. Publisher Boom! Studios, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products is already giving her her own oversized special one-shot in Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds. Written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Davide Gianfelice, the comic focuses on the woman who turned Mal into the fearsome Browncoat and fearless leader he is today.

Writer Greg Pak says:

One of the ongoing joys of working on the Firefly comics has been the incredible room Joss Whedon and company have given us to explore and expand on the ‘Verse they created. Outlaw Ma Reynolds may be the biggest example of that — Malcolm Reynolds talks about his mom in the television series, but we’ve never seen her until the comics. And now we’ve unspooling an epic tale of the badass outlaw Ma Reynolds and shaking Mal’s status quo to the core in a story that truly feels like it matters to this world and these characters. It’s a huge pleasure and honor to build on that sweet, loopy Firefly vibe that I love so much. Huge thanks to Joss, all our creative collaborators, and especially all the readers who have made all this possible.

Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds follows the infamous Maude Reynolds, the woman at the top of the Alliance’s Most Wanted list. It delves into the secret history of Mal and his mother, what that will mean for the rest of the ‘verse, and a new war to end all wars. This kicks off a new year of Firefly.

Artist Davide Gianfelice added:

I’m very excited to illustrate the story of a character as interesting as Maude Reynolds from the Firefly universe. It’s been a very fun experience working with Greg to bring Ma Reynolds, Malcolm Reynolds, and the rest of the crew to life as they cause mayhem throughout the galaxy.

This is exactly the kind of thing that Boom! set out to do when they acquired the Firefly license. The show was tragically cut short and even if it wasn’t, when would we have gotten a story like this? Probably never. Here we get to see a new side of Mal and understand how he became the man we know and love.

Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, Boom! Studios says:

Maude Reynolds is tough as nails, smart as a whip, and if you can believe it, an even bigger revolutionary than the son she raised as a Browncoat. So what happens when this unstoppable force of a woman meets the immovable stubbornness of her son? Enough sparks to jump start a war. Mal and the crew will have their hands full dealing with their latest bounty, The Outlaw Ma Reynolds, and we can’t wait to show fans what happens next!

Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1 is set for release on January 15th, 2020.

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