Comic – Serenity: Shepherd’s Tale: B

The unfortunate cancellation of Firefly left many questions unanswered. One of those I thought was best left unanswered was the back-story of Shepherd Book. The movie, Serenity, hinted that he may have had a similar background to the assassin character but never explicitly stated it. This comic answers his story, and though penned by the show’s author and his brother, it was disappointing and cliche. The story revealed itself in an engaging Memento fashion, starting with his role in Serenity, then jumping back in time every few pages to reveal his motivations. This continues all the way to his childhood. The structure and page layouts were great, but I felt as if Book was far more interesting when his past was mysterious and possibly disturbing. Unfortunately, it was neither.


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