Serenity Volume 3: The Shepherd's Tale Hardcover – Nov 16 2010
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The only reason I have not bought all the comics is that once I read them all I wont have anymore to look forward too...
Then life would just be a hollow and pointless existence.
This book provides the back story to the enigmatic Shepherd that I had wondered about since the show's cancellation.
The reason for four stars as opposed to five is likely more due to my own excitement going in. The book answers the questions I had, but it felt anti-climactic. I don't really know why, but I feel that it fell just short of my (admittedly high) expectations.
We'd been given 4 little clues; tiny nuggets of information that spoke to what this backstory would eventually tell us about Joss Whedon's Firefly man of mystery, Shepherd Book's, past. The final result does not disappoint.
Weaving together the bits of information fans could glean from the television series, its feature film offspring, Serenity, and the final tidbits that had been revealed about the upcoming comic book, the outcome is an intriguing, emotional read from start to finish.
And it doesn't go the way any of us expected it to.
Which is part of what makes it great - possibly the best Serenity comic edition so far, in point of fact! ;)
Grab your copy today! You'll want to read it over and over...and possibly backwards...just to make sure you've taken it all in!
The tale itself is fabulously written, but it is also greatly structured. The story is told backwards, starting with his demise, and ending with the beginning, his childhood. Each tale is told in a few pages, perfectly linked, like a series of flashback events.
I highly recommend it, and you do not need to have read the previous 2 volumes to read this one, so go right ahead and pick it up now.
However, the story itself feels rushed and lacks any real oomph. This often happens when mysterious pasts are finally revealed in one fell swoop. Sometimes it's impossible for the reality to live up to the imagination. The book does raise a couple continuity questions and seems abrupt as expecting you to just follow along and accept everything shown to you without question.
I'm glad I read it but I was disappointed. Joss Whedon didn't actually write this but did create an outline for it. I just wonder if the Firefly series had been allowed to continue if we wouldn't have gotten a better more intriguing history.
Most recent customer reviews
Great fill-in-the-blanks story of Book's life. SERIOUSLY REQUIRED FOR ANY SERENITY/Firefly FAN.Published 1 month ago by George Winsor
It is an interesting explaination of Shepherd Book's character.Published 9 months ago by Gordon Stewart
Very well done indeed! The story was well developed and the artwork was amazing. I would love to see more beyond the first four volumes.Published 13 months ago by Carolyn T, Clark
Nice to have some kind of explaination for his story. Poor substitution for more seasons, but what can you do.Published 18 months ago by Ryan
A must read for all Firefly fans! Good way to get your Firefly fixPublished 20 months ago by Allan Murray
Joss Whedon's Firefly is wonderful in all it's formats. The comic book series adds to the tv series. The artwork is beautiful.Published on June 19 2014 by N
Not normally a follower of graphics but Book's character has always intrigued me. This realistically completes the story that needed the telling.Published on Feb. 9 2014 by Linda MacDougall