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The Shepherd's Tale by Joss Whedon
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Nov 26, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: graphic-novels, sci-fi, novellas, setting-doorway, story-and-character-doorways
Recommended for: Firefly fans
Read from November 25 to 26, 2011 , read count: 2

At last, the backstory on Shepherd Book! The graphic novel begins moments before Book's death and jumps backwards through the stages of his life, ending when he's a teenager. It really explains so much, and it makes me want to re-watch the series.

I am so impressed with this graphic novel. It's the first one I've read that actually makes me believe a picture (or in this case a panel) is worth a 1000 words, and Zack Whedon even makes each word worth 1000 words. I'm astounded that such a complete and nuanced story can be told so succinctly.

The artwork by Chris Samnee is less photo-realistic but manages to convey more. I had no problem following the story and keeping track of who was whom and what was going on. Hooray!

For readers' advisors: character, story, and setting doorways.

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