Thursday, June 3, 2010

Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale Cover Art Revealed

The story that every fan of Joss Whedon's Firefly/Serenity has been dying to know finally hits shelves this November. What story is that you ask? Just who the heck is Derrial "Shepherd" Book? Really? What do we know thus far? Not much.

Throughout the series, movie and interviews with Joss Whedon, we've gleaned the following about Shepherd Book...
  • He can fight and handle a gun with the best of them.
  • He knows his way around the Serenity.
  • He has some major pull with the Alliance.
  • Derrial is not his real name. He took the name of a man that he killed.
  • Part of his body is artificial.
  • He found God in a bowl.
  • He is known for his greatest failure.
...and that's about it.

But this November we'll find the whole story when Dark Horse releases The Shepherds Tale graphic novel that is supposed to fill in the backstory of this enigmatic character.

CBR (via an exclusive with Dark Horse) gave us our first real hint at what the story will include with this image of the book's cover. There are hints there in the pages flying around our hero. But, just like what we've been given so far, they are only hints. What's with the snake underfoot? What's happening in those images? We'll have to wait until November to find out. For now, just check out the image below and take your best guesses.

Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale is written by Zack Whedon based on an outline by Joss Whedon with artwork by Chris Samnee.


  1. I was excited to read your list of things we know about Book. I've only got a few things from the series and movies, so some were new to me. I'm really looking forward to this one-shot.