Book Review: Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs, Andrew Chambliss et al. (2012)

February 13th, 2013 1:08 pm by Kelly Garbato

Dollhouse lives!

five out of five stars

Dollhouse is easily my favorite Joss Whedon project – and, because I watched it in real time, its premature cancellation crushed me all the more. (Knowing that Firefly only got 14 episodes going in made the end a tiny bit easier to bear.) When Amazon recommended Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs, I nearly fell out of my seat with shock and excitement. As someone who doesn’t normally read comics, Dollhouse had slipped under my radar. Forever late to the party.

Epitaphs is a must for anyone who’s loved and lost Dollhouse. The five-issue series – reproduced here along with cover art and actor portraits – takes place in 2019, before “Epitaph One” but after “The Hollow Men.” (The opening panels show Mag, Zone, and Griff in their previous lives.) Rossum has just unleashed its “thoughtpocalypse” technology that wipes the minds of innocent people, turning them into “butchers” and “wielders” – mindless zombie killers and soldiers programmed to carry out directives: in this case, multiple their numbers and find and kill Echo, whose brain holds the key to creating a program to block the signal.

Caught in Los Angeles, Mag, Zone, and Griff band together to destroy the radio tower that Rossum’s using to further spread the signal. Meanwhile, Alpha, several Ivy imprints, Trevor, and Paul are converging on Rossum headquarters in Tucson to find and help Echo steal the technology she needs to develop an inoculant to imprinting.

With an engaging story line, – you could almost picture this as a live action episode – dialog that’s true to the characters (Alpha especially), and all your old favorites (Paul!), Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs is quite enjoyable, even if you’re not a voracious reader of comic books. Granted, some of the art could use a little work; while the cover art is spot-on – Echo, Alpha, and Mag are immediately recognizable – I can’t always say the same for the interior art.

Even so, it’s a huge win in my book. More please!

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