The Shepherd's Tale

The Shepherd s Tale 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 charactersmdash Shepherd Book Who was Book before meeting Mal and
  • Title: The Shepherd's Tale
  • Author: Joss Whedon Zack Whedon Chris Samnee Dave Stewart Steve Morris
  • ISBN: 9781595825612
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Shepherd's Tale
    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 charactersmdash 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 questions about BOne 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 charactersmdash 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 questions about Book s past are uncovered in this original 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 Dark Horse s Serenity displays the key ingredients of the series in a substantial and entertaining way mdash BrokenFrontier
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  • Joss Whedon Zack Whedon Chris Samnee Dave Stewart Steve Morris

    Joss Whedon born Joseph Hill Whedon is an American screenwriter, executive producer, film and television director, comic book writer, occasional composer, and actor, and the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co creator of Bellwether Pictures He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997 2003 , Angel 1999 2004 , Firefly 2002 and its film follow up Serenity 2005 , and Dollhouse 2009 2010 , as well as the web series Dr Horrible s Sing Along Blog 2008 Whedon co wrote and produced the horror film The Cabin in the Woods 2012 , and wrote and directed the film adaptation of Marvel s The Avengers 2012 , the third highest grossing film of all time.Many of Whedon s projects have cult status and his work is notable for portraying strong female characters and a belief in equalityedit enpedia wiki Joss_Whedon


  • My reaction to this graphic novel is quite mixed For the record, I am a long time fan of Firefly and Serenity I m always on the lookout for stories from the verse, and two of the unresolved issues that continue to fascinate me most are the mysteries behind Shepherd Book s identity and Inara Serra s choice to leave the core planets I was thrilled, therefore, to read that this book would offer an in depth study of Book Shepherd s history and character I m very pleased that The Shepherd s Tale com [...]

  • The Shepherd s tale, finally.For me, Firefly s biggest mystery was not about the mad skills of River It was the enigmatic Shepherd Books and his promise of a dark past The viewers of the show were teased now and again about this evasive past and was not resolved during the movie.Finally, we have an answer.I truly enjoyed the structure of the story Starting from the movie serenity, Jumping to firefly and then further back to the very beginning They could ve called this The curious case of Shepher [...]

  • We finally get to know the story behind the Shepherd, this man has some past He seems all kind and loving, he is a man of God after all He doesn t judgeThen we see the signs The hair is the first to show.what a horrible thing.I still have nightmares about itThen we have him cursing people to hell he had a reasonbut still.Then he is okay with hurting peopleey are bad peoplery badbut stillBut I love him nonetheless, he was sch a brilliant character, the moral compass aside Wash of the group, at le [...]

  • I got this because I m a huge Firefly fan I loved the series and movie and like I would suppose most fans own the DVDs This reportedly was a story that would tie up the mysteries about Shepherd Book s background.If you watched the series this was one of the building plot points that didn t get tied up The series was canceled mainly in my opinion because the executives didn t get it The series had and has a large and loyal following during the first series Book was an interesting character and th [...]

  • According to the author s afterword, this was written based on an outline by Joss Whedon I found this statement particularly interesting, as the graphic novel itself struck me far as a writers bible character outline than an actual story in its own right Does it answer our questions about Book and his past Mostly, yes Does it make sense within the context of the character and the series Sure Does it bring any new insight to the character, or even stand on its own as an interesting story apart f [...]

  • On the one hand, it was nice to finally get a story about Shepherd Book s pre Serenity years On the other hand, after thinking about it, I was disappointed I didn t like that Book was still heroic, still so much of a good guy And I admit, that s on me personal preferences and all I just don t think that Book would ve been so reticent to talk about his past with Mal if he actually had been a Browncoat spy.Objectively, however, what I very much did not agree with was how Book left the Alliance Had [...]

  • Shepard was most intriguing charter in firefly and now we finally get his tale.Story starts from time of his death in Serenity than jumps couple of years in the past several times showing events that shaped his life.I expected lot from Shepard s story and I was not disappointed it s just too bad we couldn t see it in the show.

  • One of the big storyline mysteries that never got answered due to the show Firefly being canceled was Who is Sheppard Book We are given hints that he is than he seems He is a man of great faith, with a shadowed and secret past In the graphic novel The Shepherd s Tale, we are shown who this mystery preacher really is, and how he ended up on the firefly captained by Mal, Serenity.One thing I enjoyed about the book was the fact that it starts at the end of Shepherd Book s life and goes back down t [...]

  • Overall, I am really disappointed in this book.Book is one of my favorite characters in one of my favorite short lived sci fi series, so you might think I would be a naysayer going into this one, but I honestly wasn t You ll have to take my word for that, of course, but I promise I wasn t one of those people I was looking forward to this one I couldn t wait to hear on the life of this fantastic character who ended up on the wrong ship somehow That, unfortunately, is not what I found on the page [...]

  • This is fanfic for the TV series Firefly movie Serenity previously published on It s good to know what Joss intended for Book s backstory and the plot of this comic sort of fits the character, but the major moments of Book s life are far too briefly dealt with, too disconnected present a coarsely violent Derrial Book who never gets anywhere near evolving into the educated, thoughtful Shepherd seen in Firefly Serenity.Shepherd s Tale reads like a synopsis and it doesn t work At the very least it [...]

  • There were so many loose ends that Firefly s premature end left dangling Shepherd Book s backstory was one of them, a major one This rather short graphic novel attempts to answer many of the questions, while still leaving holes and questions to maybe play with later Book s story is told backwards, in short scenes that were important to his life told in reverse order, starting at the end of his life and going back to the beginning It s an interesting way to do it, and probably effective than it [...]

  • While I still don t love the way the Serenity crew is animated, I enjoyed the self contained story elucidating Reverend Book s mysterious background as opposed to the scattershot approach of Serenity Those Left Behind, the last Serenity graphic novel I read I also appreciated the risky reverse linear, Memento style presentation of the comic, which, if it had been done poorly, could have come off as contrived or gimmicky, but really helped add dramatic tension to Book s tale.

  • Much, much better than Better Days I haven t read the other Serenity comics yet, so can t judge them in comparison The art fits really well, I love the constant shifts backwards in time, and finding out Book s story is so ridiculously cool anyway loved this Not perfect but pretty gorram good.

  • This was my favorite Glad we finally got to know Shepherd Book s story, and glad to know it was worth knowing It adds a lot of depth to his character, knowing his history I loved the order of the events how we kept going back in time, i found that very interesting, as opposed to the story just being told in a chronological order.

  • I found out this hardcover comic existed last fall thanks to another reviewer on 50bookchallenge, and then purchased it for my husband s Christmas and I just so happened to read it as well return return This slender book provides a much wanted back story for Shepherd Book, one of many memorable characters from the show Firefly and movie Serenity I won t go into incredible detail on the content, but the reverse order of the tale ends at his childhood It shows the hardship of his life in stark det [...]

  • After all the waiting to find out about Derrial Book s past, this is kind of an anti climax It s hard to judge it for itself, and not based on the years of coming up with my own interpretations and reading about other people s ideas It s a character driven piece, only really interesting to those who already know and love Firefly, and to be honest I m sort of not terribly moved by it It didn t surprise me, and it gave me a couple of moments of, Um, but I didn t feel like it explained some of the [...]

  • FINALLY In a backwards timeline, we Browncoats finally learn why a shepherd knows so damn much about crime Made me love Book even .

  • We each get to be in the world a time And I ve had mine It can be tough It can be ugly But I m grateful for the journey and what I ve stumbled across along the way I found faith I found family Oh, wow Someone is out to break my heart And it worked I, and everyone else in the Firefly fandom I reckon, love Shepherd Book He is, aside from being a wonderful character, also the type of religious person I wish we saw of The type who found peace and strength with God, someone who doesn t try to conver [...]

  • A good read, with amazing art by Chris Samnee and Dave Stewart I have only three real complaints, two of which are arguably nit picking and the other one of which is insurmountable, but not really a fair complaint They are 1 The reverse time narrative seemed like a fancy, unnecessary trick that didn t quite work That said, I have to admit that I did reread it again, knowing everything I knew from reading it the first time, and that was an interesting experiment So maybe it works better than I m [...]

  • This is the book where we finally find out the great secret of who Shepherd Book really is Finally an end to the wondering, why did the men on the alliance cruiser shut up and treat him when they saw his ident card Who is he to the alliance Where did he come from How did he become a shepherd Finally Answers The story is told in a brilliant way, backwards through time The opening scene is just before his death in the Serenity movie And then the next scene is a skip back in time several years Each [...]

  • This is just a short graphic novel I ve wanted to read it for awhile, but the first edition went out of print when I tried to buy it and then I ended up forgetting about it A friend of mine got it from the library and let me borrow it from him before he read it.I always wanted to know the deal with Book, and one of the most frustrating parts of the movie was they didn t explore that at all.This book is a bit of a mixed bag The story and art is good I liked the way they transitioned back to diffe [...]

  • The best one so far It tells the story of Shepherd Book s past, starting with his death as seen in Serenity then, every few pages it jumps backward in time to a previous version of Book in different circumstances.And his background perfect for the character This is character development at its finest, and it makes Book one of the most compelling characters on Serenity And I m upset than ever that this show got cancelled Whoever at Fox was responsible for that decision I hope you are plagued by [...]

  • Here are all of Book s secerts revealed and I have to admit I m a little disappointed This short book dumps all the major parts of Book s life into one pot without any of the dramatic reveals or stories that would make it interesting as a narrative The transitions are kind of rough and some plot threads get left unresolved at least for me Also, I m left with a few questions like, If the Alliance is _________, then why did they _________ Nevertheless, it s Book and we get to see a room full of _ [...]

  • This one is the best of the bunch so far I loved that there was his back story as well as scenes with the Serenity crew Sheppard Book is one of the characters who didn t get a lot of face tune in the series and even less time in the movie which I always thought was a shame as he had such a mystery about his character so I was very happy to see he got a place in the graphic novels.

  • Well told story and fitting conclusion for Shepherd, I never really enjoyed his quick exit from Serenity but he at least had a good death This book looks at his life in reverse, with the bullet striking him from the film right to the point he makes his own choices This is one of my favourite series so I m also happy and sad for this final book with Shepherd.

  • I m so glad I read this one, it shards so much light on the secretive Shepherd Book I finally feel like I know about his life and his reasoning for everything The shepherd is wonderfully flawed and complex character and it was so thrilling to find out his secrets Now I ve read all the serenity graphic novels I really need to watch the TV show again.

  • Finally, the Shepherd s backstory I love how it s presented, jumping backwards a few years at a time It lets you live out the twists and turns as if you were watching the arc play out across a few episodes.

  • I was always so sad that Firefly ended without telling Book s backstory This tells the tale as it deserves to be told Heartbreaking and intriguing.Worth it even if you aren t a hardcore Firefly fan, although if you aren t a fanwhy the heck are you not

  • Oh it s not nearly long enough, but I don t think that it ever could be It gave me all I wanted to know, though, and it made me feel like I was somewhere familiar and with friends You see so much into Shepherd, I just can t believe it took me this long to read it.

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