Dollhouse: Epitaphs #1
Writer: Andrew Chambliss, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon
Penciler: Cliff Richards
Inker: Andy Owens
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Price $3.99; Release date: July 6, 2011
Based upon the creation of Joss Whedon, Dollhouse: Epitaphs #1 is directly linked to the television series. The first issue here introduces us to a world gone crazy with “imprinting.” Imprinting is essentially the forcing of another life and set of memories onto an individual to basically rewrite their brain. New skills, new languages, even new likes/dislikes can be learned in short order. Originally this process was used only on the “dolls” at the different houses across the world, but the comic opens up to mass imprinting via basic communication devices.
We get to meet Trevor, a young boy who is altered to be able to accept information and skills in a slightly different method than the reader/viewer is used to seeing. There are several new characters, well, new to me anyway, that seem to be pivotal to the building storyline.
The writing is sufficient to interest the casual reader, but I think the more dedicated fan of the Dollhouse program will find it even more intriguing. Personally, I only recently discovered the show and am saddened to hear that it is ending soon. Luckily, someone made the decision to transition the program to the world of comics (much like was done with Buffy, quite successfully, in my eyes).
I look forward to reading more in this series and watching the characters develop. I am excited to see this comic series starting and am happy to see another of Whedon’s creation take on new life. I would definitely recommend this comic as it flows easily and still retains enough mystery to make you want to buy the next issue. There’s also a mention of Echo in this first issue, that means we will be seeing her in the very near future. Pick this comic up, it’s totally worth it.