Title: Dollhouse: Epitaphs Volume 1 by Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Cliff Richards (Illustrator), Andy Owens (Illustrator).
Published: April 11th 2012
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction.
Source: an ARC provided by NetGalley
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Joss Whedon”s Dollhouse continues, written by television-series mainstays Andrew Chambliss (the CW”s Vampire Diaries, co-writer of Buffy Season 9), Maurissa Tancharoen (Spartacus), and Jed Whedon (Dr. Horrible) 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
I’m a huge Dollhouse fan. I was devastated when it was taken off the air and was left with so many question – the biggest and most mysterious of these was: What happened in between the end of season 2 and the Epitaphs?
This graphic novel starts to answer that question. Previously published as a set of five issues, now bound in one handle volume, it’s a must have for any Dollhouse fan. The storyline is true to the TV series and the illustrations are brilliant.
Alpha is my favourite character and this instalment of the Dollhouse story features him doing a fantastic job as the lead – Echo takes a back seat and isn’t involved very much. I again have to mention how brilliant I think the illustrations were – there were scenes when Alpha was struggling to keep all of his personalities under control and just from the drawings you could tell which “Alpha” was in control.
I also loved the Ivies. They added some comic relief but were also a clever and insightful look into imprinting and philosophy. Trevor was a great addition to the team too.
I’m not usually one for graphic novels – I think the only comics I’ve read before have been the True Blood ones – but I thoroughly enjoyed reading Epitaphs Volume 1. It was fantastic to be drawn into the Dollhouse universe once again and I feel like a few of the questions I had have been answered.
4 out of 5
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