Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars
I am one of the biggest fans of Joss Whedon and this is easily the Essential Guide to the Whedonverse. I just feel like it more accumulated knowledge from the internet, than an actual bio on his career. The book runs at almost 500 pages and covers everything in Whedon’s career from his TV Series, Movies, Comic Books and more.
Included within this book are essays and interviews about Whedon’s work and also conversations with key collaborators Jane Espenson and Tim Minear. Since this book is complied by 40 contributors from PopMatters, I feel that the direction of the book is a little confused. This is why I am never a real big fan of unofficial companions, it just doesn’t seem like the information is original. I mean, the book definitely contains EVERYTHING you need to know about Joss Whedon but seems to be miss a proper narrative.
Where you are a fan of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Firefly”, “Dollhouse”, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”, or the upcoming “The Avengers”, this book has it. I also noticed that there is a lack of illustration in the book. I would have liked to see images to accompany this vast amount of information. Even if PopMatters, didn’t have rights to the screenshots, I would have liked to see some fan art…just something to push the book a long. If you are a die-hard fan of Whedon and his work, you should check this out but don’t expect much besides a bunch of known information about his work.