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Dollhouse: Epitaphs (Dollhouse: Epitaphs #1-5)

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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 ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 160 pages
Published April 11th 2012 by Dark Horse
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Robert
Sep 17, 2015 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, naffic-grovel
This series is very similar indeed to the Serenity comics, in that they attempt to fill in gaps left by the premature curtailment of the stories told during both series' TV runs. I re-watched Season 2 of Dollhouse in preparation for reading this and that re-familiarisation was probably necessary as I'd forgotten a lot of details from Epitaph 2 (the final episode) that this fairly short comic run attempted to explain. (My memory was hung up on the Magic Bomb plot device that still annoys me - eve ...more
Artemiy Nizovtsev
Mar 16, 2016 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed the TV show
Shelves: comics, dark-horse
I just finished watching Dollhouse the TV show, and I grabbed the comic book immediately after that. Now, I do think that the show managed to tie a lot of lose ends remarkably well, considering the limited time they had left after the news of cancellation. But it is still nice to have this comic to clear up some of the questions left unanswered. Basically, if you liked Dollhouse — and I did, a lot — you will most likely enjoy this book. It's not required reading, not many important things are re ...more
Bry
Apr 01, 2012 Bry rated it liked it
When this show was on television I watched every episode - not because I loved it but because like Fox I was a bit gun shy to give up after only 1 season. Firefly taught us all a lesson. Sadly though season 2 didn't make it much better for me. And now this story picks up where the series ended, and correlates with the future episodes the show did.

First - the art because that is the most important part of graphic novels to me. I love the coloring in this. The colors during a majority of the stor
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Nikki
I haven't actually seen Dollhouse, but I heard good things about it and I generally trust Joss Whedon's imagination, ever since I saw Firefly. So, when I saw this on Netgalley, I requested it and read it as soon as I was given access to it. The art is great throughout: the artist/s captured the actors very well, and it all comes together nicely. I think I liked the scenes of Alpha's fragmenting hold on his personalities most -- I wouldn't have believed, knowing Firefly so well, that you could ma ...more
Jennifer
Apr 23, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopia
Why read: Received for review

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 disa
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Beth Dawkins
Apr 15, 2012 Beth Dawkins rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Dollhouse was a T.V. show that ran for two seasons. It was actually set to be canceled after season one, but the fans raised hell, and season two came around. When the show originally aired I admit I didn’t watch it. Mostly because during that time my T.V. watching was limited to whatever my parents had on when I visited. Later I started watching the first season on Netflix, and then basically sacrificed a couple days for both seasons, yea, it was that good.

The comic starts after Echo takes dow
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Kate
Apr 05, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
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 th
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Sarah
Mar 28, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hardcore Dollhouse Fans
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

I adored the television series Dollhouse and was thrilled to learn that it's continuing in graphic novel form--unfortunately, this installment disappointed.

If you're not familiar with Dollhouse, the television show developed a cult following in 2009-2010 with it's captivating stories of an evil corporation that ran an underground network of "dollhouses" that allowed wealthy clients to rent people whose personalities had been wi
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David Caldwell
This graphic novel collects the Dollhouse 1-shot and issues 1-5 of the Dollhouse series.

The story is set after Echo has made it out of the Dollhouse. The technology used to create dolls has been fully weaponized. A signal can be sent over phones to make a person either blank slate doll or a murderous killing machine. Most of the people who become blank slates are killed very quickly by the butchers. Ivy manages to download herself to help some of the lucky few who didn't answer their phones. Alp
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Kaylee Harkness
Jun 08, 2015 Kaylee Harkness rated it liked it
I was really hoping that this book would give me some closure after completing the television series. However I am still left with the same questions I had at the end of the show. I am saddened that there is no further issues written, despite the writers saying they wanted to make more to answer more questions and tell more stories with these characters. that was back in 2011 so I think it's fair to say the ship has sailed on that idea. Dollhouse ended far too soon and there are so many more sto ...more
Christine
Mar 27, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, galley
Yes, please. I miss this show and the 5 year gap between the actual show of the LA Dollhouse and the last episode where the 'Apocalypse' has already happened definitely needs to be filled in. (At least, I think it's a 5 year gap. It might be more or less, can't quite remember.) Also, seeing Alan Tudyk's character Alpha argue with himself was both terrifying and fascinating. That needs to happen more.

Looking forward to the next volume!
Cale
Apr 16, 2016 Cale rated it liked it
For those looking for more adventures of Echo and Topher, this would be a dissatisfying collection. But for those fascinated by the two epitaphs episodes, this is a nice little book, setting up the characters for those episodes and fleshing out the dystopic the world had become, and how things got to be so bad. It also does quite a bit with Alpha, and Ivy (sort of), and does a good job expanding the mythology of the series into a relatively believable apocalypse. There are some strong action bea ...more
Brian
Oct 16, 2015 Brian rated it liked it
I'm trying to figure out why these comics aren't as fulfilling as I wanted them to be, and I think I have it. It suffers from the same issues the show did: too rushed. There wasn't enough time for the story to unfold in a compelling and exciting way...it was just get from point A to point B to connect the dots for the ten-year apocalypse gap. For example, if you're going to focus on Alpha (which is fantastic!), why are we not hearing from more of his personalities? Perhaps a cool inner scene whe ...more
Mafalda Fernandes
Feb 05, 2015 Mafalda Fernandes rated it really liked it
I found it interesting the story line of this comic. I use to see the Dollhouse TV show, and like this Epitaph.
I have mixed feelings about the artwork, I prefer the cover artwork than the inside artwork, but it wasn't "bad" to the point I couldn't read the actual comic. [note the "bad" or good is according with my aesthetics and visual culture. It vary from person to person].
I like how the story is build and the cliffhangers that exist between the single issues.
I also did like the open end and
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Alyssa
Jan 08, 2015 Alyssa rated it really liked it
I loved watching the Dollhouse series (via a Netflix binge), but I felt unsatisfied with the two episodes set in the apocalyptic future (series finales "Epitaph One" and "Epitaph Two: Return") because of a lack of details or transition. Fortunately, "Dollhouse: Epitaphs", the graphic miniseries, fills in some gaps left in the TV series, i.e. how the wireless imprinting made everyone go crazy and murder-y, how Mag, Zone, and Griff banded together, what Alpha was up to while he was away. Overall, ...more
Andrew
Dec 25, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dollhouse: Epitaphs fills in some blanks left by the TV show and gives a few of the characters, especially those that appeared in the episodes Epitaph One and Two, some more background.

The comics are well-written and fit in with the writing of the TV show. It's clear that the Joss Whedon and his team were involved with the story and it helps make it feel like a few more episodes of the show that were never filmed. I won't address the story much to avoid spoilers, but if you enjoyed the TV show y
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Kelly
Oct 12, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Dollhouse lives!

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 any
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Matt Anderson
Sep 27, 2013 Matt Anderson rated it it was ok
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. This felt a lot like a Whedonverse version of The Walking Dead. Most of the population has essentially becoming mindless, killing zombie (Butchers), with others (Welders) only focusing on one mission - make more people like us. Even though I like the Whedonverse, as well as "The Walking Dead," this combination of the two did not ring true f ...more
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: A virus is spreading, don’t pick up your phone, if you do your mind will be erased and you become a mindless killer. This is what the Dollhouse gang is dealing with, only those that did not pick up their phones are survivors and on the run from those around them that have received the call.

Review: Before I start, I must admit that I only watched one or two episodes of Dollhouse when it aired but this comic was very interesting to follow. Coming from Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, and
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Wesley
May 08, 2012 Wesley rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This book collects the Epitaphs one-shot and the following five issue mini-series. It was written by Andrew Chambliss, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon. All three were also involved with the writing on the TV series upon which the book was based and especially on the two season finales that were set in the same post apocalyptic world. The art was by Cliff Richards and Andy Owens with some exceptional covers by Phil Noto.

The story has two strands. The first follows Maggie, Zone and Griffin as t
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Alan
May 29, 2012 Alan rated it liked it
For those of us who would like a little more canon from Joss Whedon as to what happened when society fell apart in Dollhouse (we only got two episodes that dealt with this)then you looked forward to this.

We are introduced to few survivors in Los Angles, especially Trevor who is pivotal in this tale. Trevor, who appears to be a pre-teen, becomes the first human to receive implants and he can swap out skills using flash drives. The person who pioneers this technology is the infamous Alpha. Alpha
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Jenn
Jun 16, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I am bonkers for Joss Whedon. Absolutely bonkers. I love pretty much everything the man does, though Dollhouse is not my favourite of his creations. I think it's a neat idea with a lot of potential but the show didn't really capitalize on that, for a variety of reasons that have been eloquently discussed on other sites. Possibly my favourite part of the series were the Epitaph episodes, which look at the world in the near future, when the technology that the Rossum Corporation developed to creat ...more
Ashley Ayash
Apr 03, 2012 Ashley Ayash rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-reads, film-tv
I was a little disappointed with this miniseries because it focused so much on Alpha and not Echo. I always found her to be the more interesting character, and the dynamics of both she and Alpha to be more engaging a storyline. However, Echo didn't pop up until the end of issue 4 and, I feel, wasted in the issue 5 conclusion. I liked the exploring of Alpha as a hero, but I would have liked to have seen more Echo/Alpha interplay with his new hero mentality. I think having the two opposites play o ...more
Creative Mind
Apr 22, 2012 Creative Mind rated it really liked it
"Dollhouse" is another television series by the great Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dr.Horrible). Unfortunately it lasted only 2 seasons, and the role of this graphic-novel is to fill in the gaps created by the end of the series. So, I suggest you watch the series first and then read it, not beacause you won't catch the meaning, but simply because there are some spoilers about the series.

As for the graphic-novel itself, the plot was very interesting. It focuses on Alpha
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Jill Marie Hackett
Apr 13, 2012 Jill Marie Hackett rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Dollhouse Fans
Dollhouse: Epitaphs is the first book of a series that is a must have for all Dollhouse fans. The comic retains many aspects of the show that I enjoyed most: the mood, the characters, and the psychological thrills.

The comics take the opportunity to explore characters besides Echo, who we already know so much about. Instead we follow primarily the story of Alpha and a 13-year-old boy named Trevor who gets wrapped up in the adventure. The comics explain several things about the ending of the telev
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Kellie Sheridan
Aug 17, 2012 Kellie Sheridan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
While I was in Ireland I had the chance to read a Dollhouse graphic novel that I didn’t even know existed, and I lovveeddd it. For any Dollhouse (a TV show by the creator of Buffy) fans, this fills in some of the gaps between the big Rossum break in episode (semi finale) and Epitaph One. You get to see a little bit of what all the characters got up to, there are some crazy action scenes and overall, just great story telling.

I loved the art as well, there was rarely any question of which characte
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the golden witch.
First, a huge thanks to Dark Horse for putting this awesome book up on NetGalley for the (reviewing) world to request and read! I was really pleasantly surprised when I saw it up there – I just had to request it. And you know what? This one book collects all five of the original issues that make up the “Epitaphs” mini-series and all of the awesomeness contained therein. And yet, while you get the “complete” story of how the Rossum mindwipe thoughtpocalypse starts, it doesn’t exactly end where th ...more
Sara Thompson
May 09, 2012 Sara Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A post-series story following the characters of Dollhouse, this graphic novel is a must have for fans. Those not familiar with the show may find some of the plot confusing but the writer’s did a good job of introducing characters and the Dollhouse. The story begins with a phone call. This is not your normal call but one that threatens to take away all that makes you you. For some, they turned into mindless killers. Others turned into makers of mindless killers. Those who avoided the call are try ...more
Paul Decker
Apr 17, 2013 Paul Decker rated it really liked it
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Dollhouse is one of my favorite shows so when I saw that there was a graphic novel out, I had to get it. This book takes place after the first two seasons, before the Epitaphs episodes. We get to see how Felicia Day's character and her group originally got together. We also glimpse into the world of the survivors of the Dollhouse.

The book starts with the synchronized phone call that started it all. It reminded me of the first volume of Y: The Last Ma
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Molokov
Nov 27, 2014 Molokov rated it liked it
A story that bridges from the main TV show to the Epitaphs episodes, attempting to fill in the gaps there... a lot of new characters (and handful of recognisable ones), but there's not very much depth given to these characters because it's all focused on plot. A little weak, but then again, so was the TV show.
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Andrew Chambliss is an American television writer and producer. He is well known for working on series such as Dollhouse, The Vampire Diaries, and Once Upon a Time.
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