My review of Reading Joss Whedon, an essay collection published by Syracuse University Press, is published in the latest issue of Science Fiction Film and Television.
In short, I recommend this as a very good introductory volume for a variety of audiences – from undergraduate media scholars who want to engage with popular culture, to die-hard Whedon fans who want to think deeply about their favourite tv shows. It goes up to Cabin in the Woods and the first Avengers movie. I particularly recommend the essay on Dr Horrible’s sing-a-long Blog – often overlooked as a great superhero text!
It’s not perfect, no book can be, but the editors (all academics with extensive work on Whedon) have made a well-structured volume, covering a variety of key topics. To see if it’s for you, your student, or your nerdy mate with a birthday coming up, read the review, and then buy a copy here.