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Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs Paperback – April 24, 2012
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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!
The book starts with the synchronized phone call that started it all. It reminded me of the first volume of Y: The Last Man in that normal people are shown reacting to a sudden apocalyptic action.
I recommend this to any fan of Dollhouse. If you aren't familiar with the tv series, this book probably won't do much for you. I look forward to more comics from this universe. I give this book a 4/5.
At the same time the world is dealing with increasingly aggressive imprinting first by signals broadcast over telephone calls and eventually using handheld transmitters. Ivy had managed to sneak her personality into perhaps one in ever hundred imprints as an effort to create a counter army against the takeover, but only a handful of her instances managed to survive. And more and more it's clear that Alpha isn't always in control of himself with his darker side still coming to the fore. It eventually becomes clear that he little bad of rebels need to find Echo herself in order to find a way to defeat their enemies - but finding Echo is also the top priority of every imprinted individual out there.
Admittedly, this weird break-down of society due to rogue personality imprinting technology seems to be a crazy spin on a zombie apocalypse. But it's one that I rather enjoyed and ever since the first glimpse of this dark future in the show, I was eager to see more.Read more ›
What impressed me: Epitaphs starts off after the Dollhouse TV series ended, managing to both continue the story as well as remind fans of what went down those last few episodes without rehashing ad nauseum. Fan favorites are easily recognizable, visually as well as through action and dialogue. Dollhouse was a constant build up towards its way too early conclusion and this first volume of Epitaphs gives more of the same - building up to something even bigger.
What disappointed me: Nothing.
Recommended: Dollhouse fans will love this continuation of the story, and it may just pick up new fans along the way.
Continue series: Yes, absolutely.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was excellent to understand how Alpha came to be part of the team for Epitah 2.Published 2 months ago by Trina Bean
Awesome book that fills in between certain parts of the show.Published 10 months ago by Carolyn Bailey
Picks up where the show left off perfectly. Can't wait for more. Hope to see more characters in the future.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good story for dollhouse fans, but way too short, i don't have experience reading comic books so I guess this is common.Published 20 months ago by SergioV
Great conclusion to another Wheadon show sadly taken from us too early - much more detail and a lot lengthier than the three firefly books too (put together!). Read morePublished 23 months ago by SimonB
First of all, I love the TV show, Dollhouse, and so highly recommend it, but with that being said, this story didn't live up to the greatness of that series. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Matt Anderson
I hope there is a lot more where that came from... although the major questions where answered in the tv show there are still some questions unanswered. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Mira Coronado
A nice continuation of the Dollhouse storyline. Alpha , Trevor, and the Ivy's did a great job of keeping me hooked.Published on April 18, 2013 by Nina N. Darguzis