The Official Companion - Volume Two

Authors: Abbie Bernstein, Bryan Cairns, Karl Derrick and Tara DiLullo
Titan Books
RRP: 18.99, US $24.95, Cdn $32.00
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6372 5
ISBN-10: 1 84576 372 6
Available 27 April 2007

Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi Western series Firefly may have had a curtailed existence on TV, but it has since become a phenomenon on DVD, spawning the hit movie Serenity and inspiring legions of dedicated fans, whose numbers are still growing today. This, the first of two lavishly illustrated official companions, is a must, whether you're already a loyal Browncoat, or just discovering the 'Verse...

Firefly: The Official Companion - Volume Two contains a further 210 full colour glossy pages and is a must own collection for Firefly/Serenity fans.

I have to say that I'm impressed that a show that was cancelled without even having a full season under its belt has managed to have a two volume guide book series. Okay, there's the film too, but how many other shows that were killed off before they were allowed to flourish do you know that have managed to attract such a huge fan base?

As with Volume One in this collection, Titan Books have really laid out the red carpet for fans. This volume is packed to bursting with interviews, features and the reprinting of scripts - basically there's something here for everyone. While the majority of this book is basically a script book, reprinting scripts from various episodes, it's not your usual dry affair.

There's even a section on some of the ideas that never made it to the screen - which fans will no doubt lap up with enthusiasm. Sure, there's probably very little information in these pages that fans don't already know, but the end result is another beautifully presented coffee table edition that will find pride of place in all fan's homes.

If only all companion books were as well thought through as this.

Pete Boomer

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