Dollhouse: Epitaphs (Dollhouse, #1-5)
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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
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Published April 11th 2012 by Dark Horse
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Bry
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...more
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
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...more
Beth Dawkins
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...more
Kate
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...more
Sarah
Mar 28, 2012 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Christine
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!
Andrew
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...more
Kelly
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...more
Matt Anderson
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...more
Wesley
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...more
Alan
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...more
Jenn
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
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
"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...more
Jill Hackett
Apr 13, 2012 Jill Hackett rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Kellie Sheridan
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...more
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
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
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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...more
Phil Zimmerman
Not super impressed with any of the Whedon comics I have read. This story does the bare minimum to connect Dollhouse to the Epitaphs. The art was bad. Hard to believe that is the best someone can do to draw Alpha and Echo.

Ho hum.
Mairi
More Dollhouse, which is what I've wanted since the show got cancelled. It fills some of the gaps between the main timeline of the show, and the future episodes.

I probably would have appreciated it more if I'd remembered more of the details from Epitaph 1 and Epitaph 2, but it still made for a good story that stands reasonably well on it's own. Alpha's back, and in a starring role, and is nicely drawn and portrayed. Echo and Ballard also appear later in the story. As do some of the "actuals" fr...more
Glenn
it was meh. maybe i should have read it after seeing the show. never got passed the first few episodes. not sure why, I liked the show but must have got into something else...
Adriel
This is a great link between the end of the show and the epitaph episodes. I'd recommend re-watching them after reading it that's what I did and suddenly everything all made sense.
Sunil
Dec 22, 2012 Sunil rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own, 2012
Dollhouse: Epitaphs functions as a prequel to "Epitaph One" and "Epitaph Two," giving us a first-hand glimpse of the thoughtpocalypse and some backstories on Mag, Zone, and Griff. Zone especially gets a bit more depth here. The more interesting stuff, however, is going on over with Alpha and Ivy and their new friend Trevor, a black kid who becomes a new soldier in the war against Rossum. The comic explores a lot of the same questions of identity as the series did, and it's consistently action-pa...more
M
The truth is revealed about the Dollhouse's "Epitaphs" in this Joss Whedon-inspired comic volume. The technology of the Rossum corporation is sent rampant, as we finally see the beginning phases of a mind-wiping global conspiracy. The survivors begin to band together, encountering the multiple bodies of Ivy, the fragile mental states of Alpha, and even Dollhouse mainstays Ballard and Echo. This volume makes one wish Dollhouse had continued, focusing on a world where the danger of the Dollhouse t...more
Greg
I bought this bundled through Dark Horse Digital so was able to read the collection before it is published in April. I struggled when this show was on the air. I wanted to like it, and I didn't dislike it, but I wasn't sure I fully understood the direction and vision. The two season finales were the most inspired efforts of the series and so I am glad to see the return to this world starting with this story. The comics fill in some gaps but more importantly are a good story in and of themselves....more
Shannon Appelcline
I wasn't that fond of the Epitaphs episodes of Dollhouse, so I was surprised that I liked the comic considerably more. Makes it's because more time has gone by, and maybe it's because the comic wasn't on the crazy fast-forward that the TV show was forced to adopt in its last year.

In any case, this was an enjoyable comic, in large part because it focuses on Alpha, giving interesting insight into a character who was too often the laughing villain in the TV show. Beyond that, the characters have an...more
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