Book Review: Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion

A book like this may seem obsessive to some. Joss Whedon is a man in the middle of his career, and it might seem premature to be taking a victory lap. But this isn’t the book for those people; it’s a book for the obsessives. It’s for the fans who have seen every show, every movie, and read every comic. The fans who want it all. These are the people who want to study Whedon’s career from every angle and hear from the entire cast of characters that have been assembled in the Whedonverse.

PopMatters, an acclaimed publisher of cultural commentary, pulled out all the stops to put together this nearly 500-page tome. The book features input from over 40 contributors, including frequent collaborators Jane Espenson and Tim Minear, and recaps Whedon’s entire portfolio of work, from the TV series (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse), the comics (Fray, The Astonishing X-Men, Buffy the Vampire Season Eight, Runaways, and Sugarshock!), to the movies (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alien Resurrection, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers). For those with gaps in their Whedonverse knowledge, each chapter includes a brief synopsis to get the reader up to speed quickly.

‘The Complete Collection’ is a guided tour through the career of Joss Whedon since its most early beginnings. It’s a thorough recap and rehashing of every project, from every possible angle, with help from the people who made it all happen. This book is a must-have, and certainly required reading, for any consummate fan of the Whedonverse.

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