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‘Dollhouse: Epitaphs #1’: a comic review

About a month ago I reviewed a comic spin-off of the Joss Whedon TV series Dollhouse. In that review (which can be seen here) I mentioned there would be a series following that one. The first issue of that is now out and as promised in that prior review, I am taking a look at this mini-series.

Writing:

There are three co-writers on this issue (and I presume in the next two issues of the mini-series), which seems like a lot, but comes with a nice polish. Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharden (who both co-wrote the prior issue) add a lot of script experience spent during their work on the Dollhouse series, while the new addition, Andrew Chambliss, helps get the gears turning.

One of my gripes with the prior issue was the redundancy of the material. It was well written, but it seemed pointless. Already this issue changes that. While there’s no greater revelation from the two Epitaph episodes in the TV series, it takes the series in an original direction and helps establish a sense of atmosphere that couldn’t be fulfilled due to the cancellation of the show. And for that it makes it a good read in terms of script, but also an original story.

Art:

Cliff Richards’ art is still solid. It does its job of conveying the narrative. There a lot of great arrangements of the dialogue bubbles (I’m not sure who to credit for that), but it lends a lot for comedic humor on the side. There a lot of white spaces at times at the corners of pages (see below example), but they’re not blunt and space consuming, and tend to follow a fluid progression of the panels. The mini-series so far seems like a solid fare in terms of its art.

Final Opinion:

Dollhouse: Epitaphs already offers some intrigue in its first issue. It’s not an essential to understand the Dollhouse story, but those familiar with the series and wanted more stories, then this is perfect for you. The end of the issue gives a nice build-up to the rest of the series, so I’m hopeful.

Dollhouse was created by Joss Whedon. Dollhouse: Epitaphs was written by Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharden, with art by Cliff Richards.

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