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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (4 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085768986X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689863
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating read." --MTV Geek

"This book has a little something for everyone." --Geek Life

"Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion explores this modern day geek icon with the seriousness of a college course, yet it makes time for the entertaining more often than not." --Joblo

"At 496 pages, this book is a must have for any die hard Whedon-ite...So before you claim to be a fan, make sure you have this book." --City of Films

"If you re a fan of Joss Whedon, there s simply no doubting the fact that this is a must-read. His extremely devoted fan base will love the book from start to finish and for anyone introduced to his work thanks to the Marvel Studios movie, it s just as easy to recommend." --Comic Book Movie

"The Companion is unequivocally recommended for fans and academics who want to know what the fuss is all about. With solid research, well-constructed arguments, and a witty turn of phrase, these essays will delight scholars of media and fandom." --Nerd Caliber

"The content is fascinating." --Arrow in the Head

"Some of the best essays you ll ever read on the man and his works." --Wired.com

"A wonderful in-depth look at the entirety of Whedon's work in pop culture." --Clique Clack

"I ve been lucky enough to read a large number of entertainment business-related books over the years. 'Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion' is easily one of the most memorable and interesting." --Hollywood Chicago

"To fanboys, Whedon is God, nothing less. --Evening Standard

"The content is fascinating." --Arrow in the Head

"Some of the best essays you ll ever read on the man and his works." --Wired.com

"A wonderful in-depth look at the entirety of Whedon's work in pop culture." --Clique Clack

"I ve been lucky enough to read a large number of entertainment business-related books over the years. 'Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion' is easily one of the most memorable and interesting." --Hollywood Chicago

"I guarantee, you will find something new in this collection to love, to defend, to refute and to laugh about." --Good Girls Gone Geek

"Whedon Companion- a must have for Whedonites and big Buffy fans" --Film School Rejects

"The content is fascinating." --Arrow in the Head

"Some of the best essays you ll ever read on the man and his works." --Wired.com

"A wonderful in-depth look at the entirety of Whedon's work in pop culture." --Clique Clack

"I ve been lucky enough to read a large number of entertainment business-related books over the years. 'Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion' is easily one of the most memorable and interesting." --Hollywood Chicago

"The unofficial Bible for Whedonites." --SciFi Movie Hype

"A more comprehensive how-to manual of how to mimic Joss Whedon s life could not be asked for." --8 Days A Geek

"This book is an absolute must for any fan of the man and or his creations, and anyone active or interested in Whedon studies in general. There s plenty in here for the hardcore academic, for the infatuated fan, and for the everyday interest." --Vivid Scribe

"This collection serves as a reminder of why Whedon is more than just a damn fine film-maker and television writer but the man who spoke to so many people through the most unusual mediums, whether it be a monster hunting cheerleader, a conflicted mad scientist, a rebel with a heart of gold or Earth s Mightiest Heroes." --House of Geekery

"If you already worship at the altar of Whedon, you'll love this." --Culture Brats

"if yo --Vivid Scribe

All in all, a perfect book that will stir debate, well deserving of space on your book shelf covering the glittering career of a true icon of every aspect of our favourite genre. --Starburst

"A more comprehensive how-to manual of how to mimic Joss Whedon s life could not be asked for." --8 Days A Geek

"This book is an absolute must for any fan of the man and or his creations, and anyone active or interested in Whedon studies in general. There s plenty in here for the hardcore academic, for the infatuated fan, and for the everyday interest." --Vivid Scribe

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2012
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And it is about the world(s) created by Joss Whedon and not about JW himself (I'll get back to that point later). Fortuitously timed to cash in... sorry, coincide with the release of The Avengers and resultant raising of his profile, this book is a collection of essays about his TV shows, films, and comics. Given that the book was submitted to the publishers in November 2011, well before the release of The Avengers and The Cabin In The Woods (which are both terrific) don't expect anything of insight into them here.

There is, however, masses of stuff about his other, er, stuff with the biggest chunk being about, no surprise here, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It's a mix of overview, interviews, and rather academic essays. As an example of the latter, one writer interprets Whedon's excellent run on The Astonishing X-Men in the light of the writings of modern historian Francis Fukuyama and if that sounds appealing to you then you're really going to love this book. If there is a preponderance of academic style essays in this collection, it should also be said that they're mostly reasonably accessible to the general reader.

If there's a tendency to find subtexts under every (metaphorical) rock in Whedon's work, at least some of the writers are aware of this tendency to see things which aren't there. As mentioned in an introduction, one writer (not represented here) wrote that the killing of the character Tara in Buffy was deliberately anti-feminist while the truth is that the actress playing Tara wanted to leave so Whedon used that to enhance the drama.

Basically anyone who's a fan of Whedon's oeuvre (i.e.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily on 3 Feb 2013
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I am a big Joss Whedon fan, its a must have for Joss Whedon fan. It looks at his work from his tv series, his comics and films. Most of the content is academic articles on his work.
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By Mum on 30 Aug 2014
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I wanted to know more about the thinking behind the characters in Firefly. Who was Shepherd Book. Looks like I'll have to watch the series again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Examine Joss Whedon's entire career -- so far -- in 'Complete Companion' 24 Jun 2014
By C. A. Bridges - Published on Amazon.com
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It might seem excessive to produce a nearly-500-page book of essays on the career of one man, especially one whose career seems to be picking up speed. But then again, this book is about Joss Whedon, and his fans (and detractors) can't seem to say enough.

If all you know about Whedon is that he wrote and helmed The Avengers, the movie that buried theaters in piles of money, "Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion," from Titan Books will be an eye-opener, and possibly a back-strainer. 45 essays analyze his career from the TV shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) to the webseries (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) to the comics (Fray, The Astonishing X-Men, the Buffy 8th season, Runaways and Sugarshock!) to his movies (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alien Resurrection, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers).

If you're unfamiliar with any of those, each chapter has a concise "101" to help you catch up. There are also excellent interviews with frequent collaborators Jane Espenson (writer, Buffy, Angel, Firefly), Alexis Denisof (Wesley Wyndham-Pryce in Buffy and Angel), Harry Groener (The Mayor in Buffy) and Tim Minear (writer, Angel, Firefly).

It's a book of essays, so it's going to be hit or miss as far as your personal tastes go. I'm not generally one for the picking-apart-to-death style of criticism (an attitude explained nicely by Whedon himself in his song in the Dr. Horrible commentary, "Heart, Broken": "We're gonna pick, pick, pick, pick, pick it apart...") and there's certainly plenty of that here. A few of the conclusions I read I flatly disagreed with, and a few more bewildered or, frankly, bored me. But there are also essays that speak more to the heart and themes of his work.

Ronald Helfrich speaks to religion in "Note to Self, Religion Freaky: When Buffy Met Biblical Studies." "I'd Be Very Still:Anthropology of a Lapsed Fan" looks at the reactions of fans who loved the show because of a character (Oz) and how they reacted when he was gone. Kristin M. Barton examines Whedon's penchant for killing off beloved characters in "TV's Grim Reaper: Why Joss Whedon Continually Kills the Characters We Love."

Don Tresca follows the character growth of Anne in Buffy and Angel, someone who should have been a minor, throwaway character. Michael Bailey looks at the ethics of Malcolm Reynolds. Nikki Faith Fuller psychoanalyzes Illyria and Kevin M. Brettauer parallels Dr. Horrible to Spider-Man, in reverse. Raz Greenburg compares Whedon's original script for "Alien Resurrection" to the finished movie. There are essays on sexuality, feminism, love, memory, identity, empowerment, dystopias, fandom and much more.

And "Nathan Fillion Misbehaves All Over the Whedonverse" is as self-explanatory as any essay you'll ever see, ever.

"Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion" isn't a book you pick up and zip through, but you may find yourself returning to it again and again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
for whedon lovers 21 Feb 2013
By DEBBIE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
to all joss whedon lovers, this book consists of articles writtern(and published) for whedon's work. every chapter treats a different issue- series/movies by whedon- and analyses it, in a way that you can read it in the order you want and not from start to the end.
it is a complete study on whedons work
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Nothing Groundbreaking 15 May 2012
By Stefan Blitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Incredibly comprehensive, but lacking much of a narrative direction, Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion offers a fairly nice overview of the creative work of one of geekdom's most popular iconoclasts.

Essays and interviews comprise a large percentage of the book's almost 500 page length, but there isn't an awful lot of interesting analysis or information for the already established Whedonite.

Nevertheless, it's a breezy read and might be interesting with his less rabid fans who are just discovering him from The Avengers and decide to go back and check out his earlier work. Mildly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When they say complete they mean it! 10 July 2014
By Marcellin D. Scarbrough - Published on Amazon.com
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All the major works are reviewed here. Buffy, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse are all analyzed. I think some of the authors take their subjects too seriously, but overall this is a comprehensive work.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bought it as a gift for a Wheedon-head, or whatever you'd call em. 25 Nov 2012
By Matthew Laker - Published on Amazon.com
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My boyfriend enjoyed this. Only thing is he said that some of the shows he hasn't watched yet (like Angel) and so there are lots of things to skim and skip over- BUT still was a great book and a nice gift for anyone who lives in Whedonverse.
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