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    Dark Horse has lost the rights to Serenity/Firefly.BOOM! Studios will produce the comics now.I spoiler hid it since the cover images are so big

    http://ew.com/books/2018/07/02/new-f...-war-greg-pak/

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    New Firefly comic will tell the story of the Unification War



    Christian Holub
    July 02, 2018

    Firefly fans are about to get some very interesting answers to long-standing questions. The short-lived space western series only lasted one season on Fox back in 2002. Although interest in the show only grew after its cancellation, leading to the 2005 movie sequel Serenity, there’s still an element of tragedy to how much storytelling potential was left unused by taking the show off the air so quickly.

    Over the course of 14 episodes, creator Joss Whedon and the rest of the creative team dreamed up a universe where humankind had taken to the stars but still didn’t distribute its resources evenly. This led to tensions between the wealthy central planets and hardscrabble outlying systems where people struggled as hard as they did back in the Old West. Those tensions came to a head in the Unification War, the devastating conflict briefly glimpsed in the opening moments of Firefly‘s pilot but rarely discussed otherwise other than as a source of lingering trauma for the main characters.

    But now, a new Firefly comic will finally explore the Unification War and what characters like Mal and Zoe experienced during those battles.

    Firefly‘s rich potential of unexplored mythology has produced several spin-off comics already. Miniseries like The Shepherd’s Tale explored the hidden backstory of characters like Shepherd Book, while No Power in the ‘Verse followed the Serenity crew through new adventures after the film’s conclusion. Now that publishing rights have shifted to Boom! Studios, a new ongoing Firefly comic is launching this November from writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid, and will explore the characters’ war-haunted past as it comes back to bite them in the present. Pak wrote the epic Planet Hulk comic that provided much of the basis for last year’s Thor: Ragnarok, so he’s well-acquainted with complex sci-fi stories.

    “It’s high time we got to see the full story of Mal and Zoe’s meeting and mission in the War of Unification — the good and bad that the pressure of war brings out in them, and the unforeseeable consequences,” Whedon, who serves as a story consultant on the new series, said in a statement.

    Mal Reynolds (played by Nathan Fillion in the original series) always saw the space-faring life as an escape from his past battles, but the new series will find him and his loyal second-in-command Zoe (originally played by Gina Torres) hunted by Unificators, mercenaries deputized to hunt down war criminals.

    “Firefly spoke to so many people at the time because of the themes it dealt with and the way it allowed characters to deal with them, and those themes are even more relevant today: found family, identity, and the emotional toll of resistance, to name a few,” Boom! editor Jeanine Schaefer tells EW. “Our job is to craft stories that will be exciting and rewarding for Firefly fans that have been with these characters from the beginning, but also to introduce it to a new audience. We want to cement Firefly as a pop-culture touchstone, enduring yet modern, in the tradition of other perennial sci-fi epics that are still teaching us about ourselves.”

    EW caught up with Pak to ask him about his plans for the series and the things he’s most looking forward to about exploring the Firefly world. Check that out below, along with exclusive promotional art for Firefly #1 and for Firefly: Legacy Edition, Book One, which will collect previously published Firefly comics.





    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This is the first Firefly comic at Boom!, following a bunch at Dark Horse over the last decade or so. How is yours going to be different from and/or similar to the ones that came before?
    GREG PAK: It’s a huge tribute to the creators of the original show that their rich, intriguing world and hilarious, compelling characters could inspire so many additional stories. We’ve gotten the incredible go-ahead to do something particularly special in this new series — we’re digging deep into the Unification War, the galaxy-shattering event that shaped so many of our central characters. Many of the show’s central themes revolve around the way everyday people handle the threat of tyranny, the trauma of war, and the danger of falling into villainy when resisting a world run by villains. We’re getting the chance to reveal essential truths about our heroes’ pasts and put them through experiences in the here and now that they’ve never fully dealt with before. As a fan of the show who adores these characters, I can’t wait.

    One of the things that has always bummed me out most about Firefly’s early cancellation is how much detail Joss and the other writers were able to build into this world just in the course of those dozen episodes. How will you continue to build on the world they created? What are you looking forward to exploring with the Unification War?
    One of the things I love about the show is how much is implied about the world but not fully explained or explored. In the very best kind of way, those fourteen episodes always felt like the first season of what shoulda/woulda/coulda been a 10-season show, meaning they brilliantly took the time and care to layer in plenty of mysteries and curiosities for later exploration. And I think that’s why the show’s been so great for follow-up comics: There’s so much room to tell new stories that deepen the world and the characters in genuinely significant ways.

    Our story will reveal key experiences for Mal and Zoe during the Unification War that you’ve never seen before. And we’ll introduce entirely new corners of the star system with characters, organizations, and subcultures that are absolutely true to all the world-building you know but absolutely brand-new at the same time.

    Who are your favorite characters? Who are you most looking forward to writing?
    Oh, I love them all. On an emotional level, we’re probably going to dig the deepest with Zoe and Mal in this story. But it’s funny — when I think about writing this book, I never have just one or two characters in my head. Every time a scenario starts to form, I get excited about the interactions and dynamics of all of the principal characters. That’s the glory of the work of Joss Whedon, his creative team, and the amazing actors. They created a tremendous cast of characters with infinitely compelling and entertaining voices and relationships. The way these different characters react to situations and each other is always the most essential thing in every Firefly story. So they’re all my fave, and I can’t wait to see them drive each other crazy in the story we’re putting together.

    This isn’t quite Firefly-related, but I’m dying to know: What was it like seeing your amazing Planet Hulk saga transform into the equally amazing but very different Thor: Ragnarok?
    I loved it! Of course Ragnarok was absolutely its own thing with its own vibe, but I loved that vibe. I’m a total sucker for big humor and big heart side by side in genre stories. Of course, someday I’d love to see (and write!) an epic Planet Hulk story for the big or small screen that’s a more straight adaptation of the original. But I loved loved loved Ragnarok, especially the way Korg’s essential nature as the rock man with a heart of gold shone through in every scene.

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    Joss Whedon's FIREFLY Jumps to BOOM! STUDIOS

    By Chris Arrant, Editor July 2, 2018



    Joss Whedon's Firefly franchise has a new home: BOOM! Studios. First reported by Entertainment Weekly, BOOM! Studios has taken over the Firefly license from Dark Horse - which had held the license since 2005.

    “It’s high time we got to see the full story of Mal and Zoe’s meeting and mission in the War of Unification — the good and bad that the pressure of war brings out in them, and the unforeseeable consequences,” said Whedon, who will act as a story consultant for BOOM!'s Firefly.

    Writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid are working on the new series, which according to the Hollywood trade will "finally explore the Unification War" and the experience of Serenity crewmembers such as Mal and Zoe during that time.

    “Firefly spoke to so many people at the time because of the themes it dealt with and the way it allowed characters to deal with them, and those themes are even more relevant today: found family, identity, and the emotional toll of resistance, to name a few,” BOOM! editor Jeanine Schaefer said. “Our job is to craft stories that will be exciting and rewarding for Firefly fans that have been with these characters from the beginning, but also to introduce it to a new audience. We want to cement Firefly as a pop-culture touchstone, enduring yet modern, in the tradition of other perennial sci-fi epics that are still teaching us about ourselves.”

    In addition to the new series, BOOM! plans to reprint various Firefly titles from the franchise's Dark Horse run.

    Firefly #1 is scheduled to launch in November.


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    New Firefly Comic Will Tell the Story of the Unification War

    The most famous, yet largely unexplored, era in Firefly mythology will be at the center of a new comic by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid.

    https://www.cbr.com/firefly-comic-unification-war/
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    Wow, I suppose this is big news? What could it mean to Buffy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by betta View Post
    Wow, I suppose this is big news? What could it mean to Buffy?
    That's why I noted this link in the season 12 news thread.It might not mean anything for Buffy or it could be why season 12 is the last season.I was under the impression Dark Horse would still be producing occasional Buffyverse comics.Around the time of the initial season 12 annoucment,Dark Horse said more news was coming on the future of the Buffyverse comics.I was thinking mabe at SDCC.
    But maybe they are about to lose those rights too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BAF View Post
    But maybe they are about to lose those rights too?
    This has come to my mind; Dark Horse, of course would play out like it would't happen, even if they knew it was a possibility.

    And then, the speculation begins: why 4 issues? Was Joss who wanted it, or was DH that gave it to Joss (Gage said it was because schedule issues)? Will there be a continuation published by another publisher? So Buffy will not be done at the end of S12, after all? For the first book in the new publisher Joss has in mind a great story that will explain it all?
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    All caught up.

    All said regarding writers, producers, actors, directors, viewers, readers, etc. are what I remember, my opinions, etc.





    It seems BOOM! Studios is owned by 20th Century Fox, which means it will likely soon be owned by Disney.

    It seems very likely Disney will soon gains the rights to the BtVS comic's license.

    But I'm still hoping for a BtVS cartoon. Agents of SHIELD celebrated the 100 episodes mark and it still seems its only on the air to make Joss Whedon happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeB View Post

    It seems BOOM! Studios is owned by 20th Century Fox, which means it will likely soon be owned by Disney.

    It seems very likely Disney will soon gains the rights to the BtVS comic's license.
    So it has to do more with Disney buying Fox, then with any Joss's decision...
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    Checking Wikipedia, 20th Century Fox just got Boom June 2017. If/when Disney gets it all maybe they'll want a smaller publisher as a Marvel imprint for stuff that's not superhero/Star Wars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by betta View Post
    So it has to do more with Disney buying Fox, then with any Joss's decision...
    I've been wondering about this all along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeB View Post

    But I'm still hoping for a BtVS cartoon. Agents of SHIELD celebrated the 100 episodes mark and it still seems its only on the air to make Joss Whedon happy.
    That's the funniest thing I've read in quite a while.

    No one on TV or in Disney cares whether Joss Whedon is happy and what would make him happy. Especially not now that he's not even working for Marvel anymore. And even when he did, no one ever made their decisions on what shows to renew based on what would make Joss Whedon happy. If he ever had that kind of pull, he'd have prevented Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse from getting cancelled.

    AoS is on the air because Disney wants it, even if ABC is not wild about it. And that's - surprise, surprise! - for the only reason TV shows ever get renewed: it's profitable for them. Not for ABC, probably, because the live Nielsen ratings aren't great (just as they aren't great for any superhero, SciFi or fantasy show other than GoT and TWD), but it is clearly profitable for Disney and does something good for their business. If I were to guess why, I would say that while AoS is not the most popular show in the world, it's currently the only Marvel show on a network and it's a popular superhero/comic book/SciFi show that has its dedicated fandom; it gets really good streaming and delayed viewing numbers, it's very popular internationally, in a number of countries, including China (where it's so big that a couple of its stars [surprisingly, Ming Na-Wen was not one of them] did Coca Cola commercials), it sells action figures and has con attendance, and its stars are regular guests at various cons, which are all things that reflect popularity today, including online presence - not measured in Nielsen ratings.

    Genre and other shows with dedicated fandoms tend to be like that - and the industry is catching up, as witnessed in such things as the recent renewals of cancelled shows after fan campaigns (from the de-cancellation of Timeless last year - though it seems that hasn't saved them this year, and all the recent pickups of cancelled shows by streaming services or other networks - The Expanse being picked up by Amazon after being cancelled by SyFy, Lucifer by Netflix after being cancelled by Fox, or even Brooklyn 99 - picked up by NBC after being cancelled by Fox [kind of an outlier since it was picked up by another network - where its creator already has another original and quirky comedy, The Good Place]).
    If Angel, Firefly or Dollhouse were made today, they'd probably all have been picked up by streaming services and no one would have to worry about Fox or WB.

    I wouldn't be surprised if ABC cancels AoS after season 6 and Disney then moves it to its upcoming streaming service.
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    Indirect followup: Comcast cedes Fox to Disney but wants to still battle Fox itself in the U.K. over Sky: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/18/comc...ox-assets.html

    I think the next step is on the 27th, Fox shareholders will vote on whether to accept Disney's offer or not, it's expected to go through. Sounds like everything including Buffy will be with The Mouse this time next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by betta View Post
    So it has to do more with Disney buying Fox, then with any Joss's decision...
    Fox buying BOOM would have more to do with it. If the cost of the license is less than sales, they'd put it under a publisher they own.

    Fox is still going to exist, guys. It'll just be owned by Disney and Disney can play with Fox's stuff, namely F4, SW and X-Men. Fox will still be its own TV channel and movie studio. So will BOOM studios, it will just be owned by Disney, too.

    From what few Boom comics I've read, just the Barker stuff mostly, it's not really a step up from DH. Of course it's more about the writers than anything. Funnily enough, I think IDW would be the best place. Locke & Key captured the essence, pacing, humor and gravitas of Buffy better than anything DH has put out. Joss seems to beef with them for some reason.

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