Crew of the Merry-Go-Round

(l-r Nicky Roblin, Nemmy, Lu Fei, Chop-chop, Zolo, Frankie, Yuso, Sanji)

IN THE ‘VERSE

When young Lu Fei met the Crew of the Serenity for the first time, he was starstruck and resolved to become a space pirate – the greatest of all space pirates! With little but his martial arts skill, indefatigable determination, and the strength of his dream, he’s managed to attract quite a crew. Nemmy’s the navigator and pilot, when she’s not on the look out for coin, while the bodybuilder Frankie and sweet-hearted sniper Yuso handle the mechanical side of things. If you get into trouble, first mate and knife-master Zolo will likely get you out of it, but the ship’s chef Sanji’s kung fu isn’t far behind – and that’s if you don’t want to face Lu Fei’s mastery of wushu’s long-fist style. One of their shuttles is rented out to Nicky Roblin, an archaeologist of some renown and a mysterious past. And don’t count out their little mutt, Chop-Chop, who probably resents being dressed up like all dogs.

It’s a funny crew and they have a lot of fun. But when things get deadly serious, there’s no one in the ‘Verse who can stop them.

SOURCE MATERIAL

I’ve been working on and off on this latest addition to the Motley Crew series for ages. I like One Piece, but I’m no mega fan and I’ve only really consumed a few episodes of the anime and a few storylines in the manga. But what an art style! What a sense of humour! What character designs! It’s all very inspiring. Not much more I need to say about the world’ most popular anime.

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

 

 

Crew of the Joo How Rin (Ott’s Mercenaries)

(l-r: Nico, Ott, Silas, Gowe)

IN THE VERSE

Looking for a man of honour in a den of gorram thieves? Don’t look at Ott, or his mercs. The Crew of the Serenity found out to their peril that if Ott can’t outthink them, Nico can gun them down in a micro. If that don’t work, let Silas crush their bones, or let Gowe cut on ’em a little. If you manage to make it out alive, it’ll take a while for the pain to pass. You got a job to do? They’ll do it. Don’t much care what it is.

BACKGROUND

Ott’s mercenaries appeared in the middling quality Firefly comic Those Left Behind published by Dark Horse. They had no ship in the comic series, so I made up one to fit them into my series.

The Semi-Canon Crews series follows the Motley Crew ongoing. The Firefly comics continue to be worthwhile, but I feel like they are focusing too strongly on the original crew of Serenity, who could honestly use a rest. The ‘Verse is a rich place, with many wonderful corners to explore. Why not dive in to the adventures of these semi-canon crews?

Crew of the Walden

 

(L-R: Lacey, Loki, Captain O.B., Stern, Billy, Jesse)

IN THE VERSE

When Serenity ran out of gas, the crew of the S.S. Walden showed up just off a salvage mission from Ito moon. You might be forgiven to think they were angels of mercy, unless you were at the receiving end of Captain O.B.’s pistol! After being run off by Captain Reynolds, the S.S. Walden continued to trawl the border moons in search of salvage or other, less savoury, prey. Lacey is the first mate, while his husband Loki is the muscle. Stern flies the Walden, with Jesse as co-pilot, while Billy keeps her running.

BACKGROUND

Most of the crew are named and seen in the episode “Out of Gas’ but I created Stern’s image to fit the never seen character, and named Loki, who is seen but not identified.

The Semi-Canon Crews series follows the Motley Crew ongoing. The Firefly comics continue to be worthwhile, but I feel like they are focusing too strongly on the original crew of Serenity, who could honestly use a rest. The ‘Verse is a rich place, with many wonderful corners to explore. Why not dive in to the adventures of these semi-canon crews?

Crew of the Jetwash

(L-R: Trey, Tagg, Leland)

IN THE VERSE

After the death of Wash, three of his friends come together to purchase an ’05 Firefly. The only problem? None of them are friends with each other! The sulky Trey traditionally flies on the darker side of the spaceways, putting him at odds with nobly disgraced Alliance officer Tagg. Leland’s sunny disposition belies a desperate need to support his family in a ‘Verse lacking options for an aging pilot. With the Jetwash christened and ready for work, this crew is ready to bicker its away across the black!

BACKGROUND

Patton Oswalt is living the fan’s dream and wrote a comic for Dark Horse’s series of Firefly, featuring these three intriguing characters.

The Semi-Canon Crews series follows the Motley Crew ongoing. The Firefly comics continue to be worthwhile, but I feel like they are focusing too strongly on the original crew of Serenity, who could honestly use a rest. The ‘Verse is a rich place, with many wonderful corners to explore. Why not dive in to the adventures of these semi-canon crews?