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Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More: The Essential Guide to the Whedonverse Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"A wonderful in-depth look at the entirety of Whedon's work in pop culture." - Clique Clack
"Some of the best essays you’ll ever read on the man and his works." - Geek Dad
"Essential for fans of the Whedonverse." - Vent Vox
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If all you know about Whedon is that he wrote and helmed The Avengers, the movie that buried theaters in piles of money, "Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion," from Titan Books will be an eye-opener, and possibly a back-strainer. 45 essays analyze his career from the TV shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) to the webseries (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) to the comics (Fray, The Astonishing X-Men, the Buffy 8th season, Runaways and Sugarshock!) to his movies (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alien Resurrection, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers).
If you're unfamiliar with any of those, each chapter has a concise "101" to help you catch up. There are also excellent interviews with frequent collaborators Jane Espenson (writer, Buffy, Angel, Firefly), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndham-Pryce in Buffy and Angel), Harry Groener (The Mayor in Buffy) and Tim Minear (writer, Angel, Firefly).
It's a book of essays, so it's going to be hit or miss as far as your personal tastes go. I'm not generally one for the picking-apart-to-death style of criticism (an attitude explained nicely by Whedon himself in his song in the Dr. Horrible commentary, "Heart, Broken": "We're gonna pick, pick, pick, pick, pick it apart...") and there's certainly plenty of that here. A few of the conclusions I read I flatly disagreed with, and a few more bewildered or, frankly, bored me. But there are also essays that speak more to the heart and themes of his work.Read more ›
Essays and interviews comprise a large percentage of the book's almost 500 page length, but there isn't an awful lot of interesting analysis or information for the already established Whedonite.
Nevertheless, it's a breezy read and might be interesting with his less rabid fans who are just discovering him from The Avengers and decide to go back and check out his earlier work. Mildly recommended.
it is a complete study on whedons work
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a great books for fans of the series and a great way to find out about joss whedon. fantastic baby!Published on May 8, 2013 by M. Morgan
Very happy with my purchase. This was a very interesting book and quite informative. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it :)Published on August 14, 2012 by Sara A Stokking
JossWhedon The Complete Companion by POP matters is not complete, as Whedon's career does not seem to be anywhere near over. Read more