Josh Lee Gordon and Francesco Mortarino Reveal the Secret Origin of Saffron in Firefly: Bad Company

Josh Lee Gordon and Francesco Mortarino Reveal the Secret Origin of Saffron in Firefly: Bad Company

Posted by December 6, 2018 Comment

Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios continues to cater to Firebronies, the hardcore fangroup dedicated to Joss Whedon’s prematurely canceled space Western TV series, Firefly. The company announced a new oversized one-shot by writer Josh Lee Gordon and artist Francesco Mortarino starring Saffron, the character played by Christina Hendricks on the show.

The press release reveals more details on Firefly: Bad Company #1:

Arriving in comic shops March 2019, writer Josh Lee Gordon and artist Francesco Mortarino (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) reveal the secret origin of the most beloved Firefly characters in the ’Verse—SAFFRON! Journey through the early days of Saffron’s life, before her fateful “marriage” to our Captain Mal, and how she’s connected to the bounty currently on Mal’s head in the pages of Firefly.

FIREFLY: BAD COMPANY #1 features a main cover by Diego Galindo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and a variant cover by Jamal Campbell (Green Arrow).

Said Gordon:

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.

And Mortarino:

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!

And BOOM! Executive Editor Jeanine Schaefer:

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 hits stores on March 20, 2019. Check out the covers below, fellow Firebronies!

(Last Updated December 6, 2018 2:16 pm )

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