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

(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?

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Crew of the Walden

 

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

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.

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)

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!

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 Betty

1. Crew of the Betty - Background

(L-R: Christie, Sabra Hillard, Johner, Frank Elgyn, Call, and Vriess.)

SOURCE MATERIAL

One of the things I love about the much maligned Alien: Resurrection is how the crew is such a prototype for the Serenity crew, right down to a captain with a cowboy’s slang and a tough-guy with a girl’s name. Drawing this crew out of nothing but fondness is what inspired my ‘Motley Crew’ series.The Betty’s crew fit right into the ‘Verse, but don’t expect them to be quite as principled as the more famous inhabitants.

IN THE ‘VERSE

Frank Elgyn and Christie are co-owners of The Betty. They’ve got Sabra Hillard to fly her, Vriess to keep her running, and Johner to help kill anyone who gets in her way. They’re probably to be found dropping off a cargo of bright young students for the Blue Sun corporation to experiment on or hiring out as mercenaries – anything as long as they get their payday. But the recent addition of activist-with-a-secret Call to the crew as assistant Engineer might bring a sliver of morality to the old warhorses – if they don’t get killed first.

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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)

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?