I got a copy of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale about a week or so ago, and it's pretty good. I liked the writing and the dialogue a lot and I didn't like the art when I first opened the book, but it won me over about three pages in. Still, I was a little bit let down by it. I think a large part of it was because I've got no problem with a mysterious character, as long as they're well done, and Shepherd Book was a =really= well-written mysterious character. Pulling back the curtain on a character like that is always a mixed bag, because you want to know what their deal is and who they were before they got to be who they are now; but at the same time you =don't= want to know because guessing and theorizing about it yourself is half the fun.
That guessing and theorizing is the other part of my (tiny bit of) disappointment with the story. Because I have my own theory as to who Shepherd Book is and where he comes from, and I think I like my version just a little bit better --