Friday, April 29, 2011

Serenity by Joss Whedon Times Two - Take Two

Serenity Volume 2: Better Days by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, & Will Conrad

Completion Date: April 23, 2011
Reason for Reading: Carry on with the Series.
Serenity: Better Days follows everyone's favorite space cowboys in a thrilling, action-packed adventure, where Mal and his crew take on a heist that promises a big payoff. But when one of Serenity's crew is taken captive and tortured, the gang must put their enduring differences aside and work together to save one of their own, even if it means losing the cash prize of a lifetime!
Joss Whedon returns to the world of his blockbuster film Serenity, reuniting with Brett Matthews and Will Conrad, his collaborators on the bestselling 2005 series Those Left Behind.
I love the television show Firefly and the movie Serenity, so I was very excited to have the chance to read on in the series. My biggest complaint is that it is in book form and not on the screen. I really think there was a lot of potential for this series, so I am forever disappointed that it was cancelled. The artwork is really good, but it is just not the same. My favourite part is that Adam Baldwin, Jayne, writes the introduction. It was entertaining. The comic obviously takes place before the movie and shows that they can actually successfully complete a mission. It was fun to revisit with the characters again.

Serenity Volume 3: The Shepherd's Tale by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Chris Samnee

Completion Date: April 23, 2011
Reason for Reading: Carry on with the Series.
One of Serenity's greatest mysteries is finally revealed in The Shepherd's Tale, filling in the life of one of the show's most beloved characters - Shepherd Book!
Who was Book before meeting Mal and the rest of the Serenity crew, how did he become one of their most trusted allies, and how did he find God in a bowl of soup? Answers to these and more questions about Book's past are uncovered in this original hardcover graphic novel by rising stars Zack Whedon (Dr. Horrible, Terminator, Fringe) and Chris Samnee (Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps, Daredevil). A pivotal chapter in the ongoing Serenity saga, The Shepherd's Tale is also a rollicking, action-packed epic in its own right.
Okay, I am disappointed. I was really excited to read this because Book was one of my favourite characters in this series. I just wish that this could have been addressed in the show. It was the big secret hanging over the show. We deserved to know what happened. They could have even worked it into the movie. I liked the story well enough. The artwork was different than the previous books, though, and the characters didn't always look right. I won't say much else because if you are planning to read this comic, you don't want it to be ruined for you.

Better Days
The Shepherd's Tale


  1. Oh noes! You were disappointed with The Shepherd's Tale?? Was it Book's past? Or just the artwork? Or the way it was told?

    It totally drew me in and I was so happy to finally GET Book, though the artwork totally wasn't as great as the other books.

  2. *sigh* I was disappointed too. How cool would it have been to have had all this revealed to us, slowly, over the course of the show? And to have seen Ron Glass doing all the lines and the reactions shots?

  3. *Court: I liked the overall story, but I was disappointed with the art and the fact that we had to read it instead of watch it...

    *Jenny: I know! I am so sad this show was cancelled. :(

  4. I loved Firefly and Serenity too, but I haven't checked these out yet. I'd love to revisit the characters.

  5. I've liked the other Firefly comics, but I've been avoiding A Shepherd's Tale like the plague! I liked the fact that Shepherd Booke's past was mysterious, and I'm worried that whatever they've come up with to fill the gap isn't going to live up to my expectations.

  6. *Avid Reader: There are pros and cons to it, but still worth checking them out.

    *Fyrefly: It wasn't so much I didn't like the story, it was more the art was disappointing and I would rather have had it slowly revealed over the show instead of thrown on you in a comic book...


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