Joss Whedon’s importance in contemporary pop culture can hardly be overstated, but there has never been a book providing a comprehensive survey of his career as a whole – until now. The Complete Companion covers every aspect of the Whedonverse through insightful essays and interviews, including fascinating conversations with key collaborators Jane Espenson and Tim Minear.
Over 40 contributors have been brought together by PopMatters, the acclaimed international magazine of cultural criticism, to provide an irresistible mix of analysis, interpretation and sheer celebration. Whether you’re a student looking for critical approaches to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or a Browncoat who follows Nathan Fillion on Twitter (or, let’s face it, both) there is plenty here to enjoy.
Covers all the TV series, movies, and comic books, including:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Fray, Astonishing X-Men, The Avengers… and more!
PopMatters has been providing readers with sharp, entertaining writing on pop culture since 1999. It has one million unique visitors a month.
“English/Film/Media Studies majors, take note: If you’re planning on writing a paper on anything related to Joss Whedon, this is the book you want.” - Flixist.com
“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
‘Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion: the TV Series, the Movies, the Comic Books and More’
The Washington Post Book Review – June 15, 2012 (Excerpt)
“You know, computers are on the way out. I think paper’s gonna make a big comeback,” Xander said early in season two of Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Computers have managed to stick around, but Buffy’s goofy sidekick was right about paper devoted to the cult-classic TV show.
Since the early days of “Buffy,” which debuted in 1997, Whedon has been the object of critical and scholarly attention, much of it in old-fashioned, paper book form. “Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion,” a collection of 60 articles by 47 contributors covering his entire body of work is one of the newest examples.
This hefty volume purports to present a broad sample of the literature that Whedon has inspired. The reader won’t be surprised to find therein the typical post-modernish pieces conjuring up long-dead French intellectuals (in this case Jacques Lacan, perhaps the deadest of them all), something to be expected, given the roots of pop cultural studies in late 20th-century critical theory. Also present are the familiar interviews with some of Whedon’s actors and writers, of middling interest to all but the most devoted fans. [Read the full article...]
UnBound: Battle of the Half-Angels
The Nephillim Chronicles – Book One by Ronnie Massey
Justin and Theo are just normal teenagers with their teenage problems, until the day they meet their biological fathers, Michael and Uriel, two of the few remaining archangels. They learn, they are nephillim, the half human offspring of angels, and they learn they are not the only ones. In the days of old, nephillim walked the earth. Now heaven’s misfits may be all that stands between mankind and the wrath of Lucifer and the Fallen. But how will a handful of teenagers react when they find out, not only are they not human, but they are the most powerful soldiers in heaven’s army? How will they deal with their newly found powers? And will they be able to stop Lucifer?
We are the only country that makes guns, including military-style assault weapons, available to anyone who wants to buy them. This is not freedom. It is a tyranny of death and destruction — a tyranny of which the National Rifle Association is proud. The Washington Post
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