Book Review: Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More

Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More: The Essential Guide to the Whedonverse

“Into every generation a writer is born: one celebrity geek in all the world, a chosen one. He alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the TV networks, the actors, and the forces of darkness; to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their number. He is the Whedon.”

The Whedon I am speaking of is Joss Whedon. The creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along, Dollhouse, comic books, and not to mention he is directing the new Avengers movie out this Friday! Now his list of accomplishments don’t begin or end there. Thankfully our friends over at Titan Books have just released Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I opened the companion for the first time. I mean, it is well known that all of his works have quite the cult following. Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion takes it to a whole new level. Jam packed with essays, interviews, summaries, and more – it probes deeper into the works of what many consider the modern day Gene Roddenberry.

As a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the interview with Alexis Denisof, the actor who portrayed Wesley Wyndam-Price, provides great insight into the development of a complex character. Fans of the show witnessed Wesley go from a sniveling-spineless Watcher to the rough and tumble rogue demon hunter – complete with awesome facial hair and a brooding attitude. For me he rates second only to Spike, played by James Marsters, as the most well developed character in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel universe. On the evolution of his character Alexis had the following to say:

“I did adjust his body language, yes. I felt that some of his emotional insecurities were being resolved as he grew up and grew older. As he put things behind him, he developed a different relationship with his body.”

The companion goes beyond the Buffy universe. Fellow Browncoats can dig deeper into what made the short lived series Firefly such a cult classic. Whether it’s “The Ethics of Malcom Reynolds” or “The Power of Fandom in the Whedonverse”, the essays provide a deeper look into his most popular works.

It goes beyond his most popular works. Did you know that when Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended at Season 7, a Season 8 was created into a comic book series? Do you know about his involvement in the writing of Alien: Resurrection? Answers to all of these and more can be found in Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion.

We have only begun to scratch the surface on what the companion has to offer. At 496 pages, this book is a must have for any die hard Whedon-ite (yeah I just made up that word). So before you claim to be a fan, make sure you have this book. It doesn’t… ‘bite’. Get it.. bite.. vampires..

Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More: The Essential Guide to the WhedonverseJoss Whedon: The Complete Companion: The TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More: The Essential Guide to the Whedonverse

Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date:
May 1, 2012
Authors: PopMatters
Hardcover: 496 pages

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