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Firefly: The Unification War Vol. 3

(The Unification War #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  24 reviews
THERE’S NO ESCAPING THE PAST. Captain Malcolm Reynolds, his first mate Zoë Washburne and the ragtag crew of Serenity have been torn apart by Boss Moon, the Unificators and the gorram Alliance itself—but they’re nothing compared to the allies Mal’s gonna have to turn to to stop them, starting with one of the most ruthless, terrifying people in the entire ‘verse: Ma Reynolds ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published May 5th 2020 by BOOM! Studios (first published April 29th 2020)
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Benji Glaab
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hoopla
3.5 🌟

Frenetic pacing left this volume feeling muddled

Volume 3 wraps up the unification war arc. So expect to read 3 volumes to get to the conclusion. The ending was relatively flat, but overall what we have here is a slightly above average adventure yarn. Add in the highly entertaining cast paired with dece dialogue and I was satisfied with this run.

This is my first real attempt at reading a graphic novel in digital format and it won't be my last since my library hooked up a massive catalogue
Read as each issue was released

Not believable as a story happening between Firefly and Serenity, filled with forgettable background characters and the main characters are stuck in time

I have had hard time with the Unification War-storyline for some time, and the closer it has come to this final issue, the more credibility it has lost. River and Simon being wanted to an extreme degree by the all-powerful Alliance and being able to hide with Mal at Serenity with this kind of exposure?

I just don’t
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The first long arc concludes - and well establishes the next.
Calvin Daniels
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anything Firefly is fine with me!
Shannon Appelcline
A new Unification War has begun. And this volume is four issues of trying to convince various factions not to fight, while everyone else blows that by fighting. It's repetitive and it's constant enough action that it largely obscures the characters. Part of the problem is an absolute lack of tension: because of the time period, there's no danger to Mal and his crew, and we haven't really come to like the new subsidiary characters enough to care what happens to them (with one possible exception). ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
An unsatisfactory conclusion, I must say. It was very convoluted - I had a hard time keeping track of which crew members were where, numerous characters were introduced and then killed a page later, people kept switching sides and allegiances, etc. Overall just not very cohesive.

My other big complaint was Ma Reynolds. A - the introduction of her character felt forced, B - I didn't like her at all or feel she was authentic, and C - the relationship between her and Mal was not what I expected and
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This volume wraps up the Unification War storyline while setting up the next volume, as Mal and Zoe (and to a lesser extent the rest of the crew) try to prevent another war in Serenity Valley. There are lots of sides, lots of people switching sides, and it just continues the series' propensity for being muddled, even as it adds another major factor into the melting pot in the form of Mal's mother. While there's a fair bit of humor (again mainly coming from the B Plot, especially with Kayley and ...more
John (JP)
If this is the end of the Unification War series, then I am disappointed. I knew the main characters would not die; I didn't care about the secondary ones. The introduction of Mal's mom into the storyline gives the reader some insight into the start of the civil war. The ruination of Mal Reynold's homeworld played a part at the beginning of the war. Bringing Mal's mother as a powerful figure into the storyline seemed like a modern-day cliche. At this point, male and female character roles seem i ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The conclusion to the Unification War does not disappoint! A rescue mission for Captain Mal almost re-starts the war between the Browncoats and the Alliance meaning almost certain death for the independence fighters and the innocent residents of the planet they're on (which also happens to be where Serenity Valley is located - where half a gorram million soldiers died). Can Zoe, Inara, Mal, and the rest of the crew find a way to end things without bloodshed and re-igniting a horrible war?
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The excitement heats up in Part 3 of the Unification War story. I do enjoy these extra stories in the Firefly/Serenity universe, even though you know they can't have any effect on what comes afterward (the movie Serenity). Still, the adventures are new, fresh, and you get a little more insight into the characters and the 'verse they live in. Plus, this one has the start of a bonus story which I didn't even know existed... so more books have been ordered!
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Following on from an upswing in the 2nd volume this then comes down again. The frantic pace makes things feel shoved in, the increased scope feels out of place with it inbetween Firefly and Serenity and the character development is weird as while it goes beyond the show it can't move too far so everyone feels a bit off centre.
Adam Graham
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
The Unification War saga draws to a close as Browncoats who joined forces to rescue Mal and those trying to bring him in reveal what they truly want and many are wanting to restart the War, including Mal's mother.

As a conclusion, this is decent enough with a lot of good twists. It's clever enough as far as it goes. The problem is that the book illustrates the challenge of tryign to set books in between the end of the TV series and the movie Serenity. At the end of the book, it's clearly gotten i
James Paschall
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Pak is new to Firefly. He captures the the characters sometimes, but not all of the time. The storyline gives some good ideas, but overall, it falls a little flat. I was hoping for something more like what we were getting from Dark Horse.
Joey Meyer
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lot of buildup for a very abrupt conclusion to Firefly’s latest series, which left more questions than answers, ultimately feeling too rushed.
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Improved on the last volume. Enjoyed the plotthread with Mals Ma
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
Very chaotic book, but I felt the characters stayed pretty true to what we know of them from the rest of the franchise. It was neat to see Mal and Zoe more "in action" than we have before.
Deshawn Vasquez
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Clunkier than the middle of the story, but fun. It does plant seeds for a bigger change in status quo and I'm excited to see where that goes.
A bit messy in pacing and didn't really give Mal and Zoe enough breathing space to discuss the war and its lingering effects, but at least it still felt like an episode of Firefly!
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Mostly action, but fun enough.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a little clunkier than the previous entries. I liked the introduction of Mal’s mother and hope they mine that relationship and history a bit more moving forward. I know it’s serialized but it felt like there was a lot of repetition in this collection and, other than Ma Reynolds, there weren’t as many twists or surprises.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Read as single issues.
Sam Nicholson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-in-order
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Greg Pak is an award-winning Korean American comic book writer and filmmaker currently writing "Ronin Island" and "Firefly" for BOOM and “Star Wars: Darth Vader" and "Atlantis Attacks" for Marvel Comics. Pak wrote the "Princess Who Saved Herself" children's book and the “Code Monkey Save World” graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton and co-wrote (with Fred Van Lente) the acclaimed “M ...more

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