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Serenity: The Shepard’s Tale
Published on Sunday, November 7, 2010 by

Published by: Darkhorse Comics
Written by: Joss & Zack Whedon
Art by: Chris Samnee
Colored by: Dave Stewart
Lettered by: Michael Heisler
Assistant Editor: Freddye Lins
Associate Editor: Sierra Hahn
Editor: Scott Allie
Cover: Steve Morris

This is a well crafted tale. It tells the story of the life of Book, but not in a sequantial order. It starts with his death and ends where his life really started, as a young runaway.

It’s an odd way to do it, a pretty unique way to do it, and it really works.

We see Book as an alliance officer, we see what led him to become a Shepard, and we see how he got his name and what started him down the path.

Each new part fills in some holes in the story of Book, and answers the questions asked by the part before.

Zack Whedon’s script sounds like Book. You can feel the ephiany that comes across Book as he’s looking into the bowl of soup. As his thoughts expand out and then back in. It’s easy to see what made him go from one path to the path of a Shepard as we stare into that bowl of soup and follow his thoughts.

Samnee’s art is solid and fits the tale perfectly. Dark and shadowed where it needs to. Lighter when it needs to be. Samnee captures the mood with solid linework. The art flows smoothly, no jumps in the pacing.

Serenity: The Shepard’s Tale receives
5 out of 5

All fans of Firefly/Serenity need to read this and they will come away satisfied.

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