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EXCLUSIVE: Firefly One-Shot Introduces Mal's Mother, Ma Reynolds

CBR can exclusively reveal that Greg Pak (Planet Hulk) and Davide Gianfelice (Nightwing) will helm a new one-shot for BOOM! Studios focusing on the mother of Firefly protagonist Malcolm Reynolds.

The book, titled Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1, will release early next year. You can see Ethan Young's (Nanjing: The Burning City) cover below along with a plot summary for the issue.

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Captain Malcolm Reynolds—thief, smuggler, resistance fighter, and now captain of a crew of outcasts all the way on the farthest reaches of the ‘verse—wasn’t born an outlaw but he comes by it honestly. Turns out, his mother, the infamous Maude Reynolds, is at the top of the Alliance’s Most Wanted, and if Mal doesn’t get to her first, the Alliance will! Kicking off a new year of Firefly, discover the secret history of Mal and his mother, what that will mean for the rest of the ‘verse...and a new brewing war to end all wars.

Pak said of the book in its press release, "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.”

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."

BOOM! Studios Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer said, “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 releases January 15, 2020. The one-shot will feature variant covers by Ming Doyle (The Kitchen), Michael Walsh (Black Hammer/Justice League) and others.

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