Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale
Created by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon and Chris Samnee.
Derrial Book grew up poor, jacking stuff to sell and abandoning temporary friends in close escapes. He dodged Police, other criminals and eventually fell in amongst the Browncoats in their planning stage. Setting himself up to become the biggest, most powerful mole in the Alliance until…karma overtook him.
Disowned and abandoned he has hit the floor when he discovers the one calling he couldn’t hear through the noise of his plans. He commits to becoming a Shepherd, a wandering missionary of compassion and belief in a higher purpose. I wish it was told in order rather than a series of flashbacks. It could also have been fleshed out more.
The artwork and storyline are both good but the product is not filled out enough to measure up to other comic volumes on the market. Granting it a three and I hope volume four delivers more content per dollar.
Serenity Volume 2
Better Days and Other Stories
Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad and at least 5 others
I got my copy of this volume from my local comic store, Haley’s Comics in Fort Collins, CO. Let me just say that this volume is an improvement over volume one which had a disproportionate amount of filler in the back. Volume two has many tales which bring all of the crew of Serenity into the plot. There are several involving Reavers which are one of my favorite constructs from the TV series and the movie.
My favorite from this book is The Other Half. This one reminds me of The Illustrated Man in how the multiple stories of how the crew would like to use their new found wealth are told. All are quite well thought out. This may also be the first volume which puts forth the vast difference between the Independents and the Alliance.
I giving this work a three out of five for Artwork and Storyline development which means I recommend it but wish the stories meshed better.
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