Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs
Official Summary: “The Rossum Corporation’s Dollhouse technology has gone viral with a synchronized phone call that wiped the minds of everyone it reached, turning them into mindless killers. Those who avoided the call—including show favorites Echo, Alpha, Mag, Zone, and Griff—must try to survive in the sudden apocalypse and be wary of Rossum’s expansive technological reach. This is only the beginning! Collects the complete miniseries.”
Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs collects the Dollhouse one-shot and mini-series that have previously been released by Dark Horse Comics. Together, they tell the story of what happened after the end of the Dollhouse TV series. Since I hadn’t read any of them in the past, I was excited to have a chance to fill in this part of the story and to see what the “Neuropocalypse” alluded to the in show actually looks like. And, now that I have, I am glad that the series had this opportunity to expand beyond what it was able to do in its two seasons to flesh out this additional side of the story.
The story fits well with the world created in the TV show and manages to paint a complex picture of this post-apocalyptic world. In addition to the story fitting well with the TV show, the artists did an excellent job of capturing the characters and portraying them in a recognizable manner while still incorporating their own aesthetic sense. It moves quickly and keeps the reader engaged in the conflicts faced by the characters while building to a cliffhanger that will leave you hoping that the series continues to expand on this story. For fans of the show, this will be a welcome addition to their understanding of the Rossum Corporation and the characters they grew to love over the course of the series. At the same time, the story is structured to be entertaining and engaging even for those who have not seen the entire show. Definitely a worthwhile read for Joss Whedon and Dollhouse fans everywhere.
Check it out: Sound good? Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs comes out today and is available for purchase on Amazon. Dark Horse also has an excerpt available on their website if you want to try a sample first.
Read Alikes: If you like Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs, try Inside Joss’ Dollhouse: From Alpha to Rossum, an essay collection about Dollhouse edited by Jane Espenson or Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, a series of graphic novels set immediately after the finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (start with The Long Way Home).
Note: Review based on ARC from publisher.