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(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.
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)
(l-r: Nico, Ott, Silas, Gowe)
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 are what it is.
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?