The GeeksverseDollhouse 1 & 2 thoughts

Dollhouse 1 & 2 thoughts
Published on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by

Who is Alpha now? Dollhouse 1 & 2 reveal who Alpha is, was, and what is he becoming.

I watched the first season of Dollhouse on TV, bought it on DVD, and shared it with all of my friends. We all loved it. By only knowing the first season I do know that Rossum eventually turns the technology on the masses and starts an apocalypse. This series of comic Dollhouse picks up with the techno-zombie apocalypse and a fractured band of survivors trying to figure out how to save themselves and perhaps the world.

The techno-zombie is an interesting twist on the zombie genre. Alone it would not be an interesting enough twist to carry a comic. Luckily, this comic pulls characters from the TV Dollhouse mythology.

One band is led by the mysterious and infamous Alpha the former operative turned fractured serial killer. Alpha in #1 has caught up with two Ivy’s (because Ivy imprinted herself on multiple people to ensure longevity) and a kid with newly implanted hardware. In #2 they lose an Ivy and nearly lose it all, but they finally gain a purpose and direction which they needed.

The second issue also reveals another group of survivors elsewhere.

The still missing character is Echo. They’re trying to find her but she has yet to factor into the series. Surely she will save day eventually when she shows up.

Perhaps this series will pay off in the end, but thus far the characters seem to be wandering aimlessly. Most of the slick action from the TV show has been replaced by zombie grappling. Most of the mystery of the TV show has been replaced by find Echo and stop Rossum which seems less intricate. The multiple Ivys is an interesting character set but they blur together to make a forgettable character. Alpha is starting to get interesting at the end of the second issue so perhaps this series is about to get interesting.

This is one of many Dark Horse Joss Whedon TV properties that have found their second life in comic pages. So far this is the least successful jumps from screen to comics. Perhaps it will pay off in the end, but at the moment it is wandering and purposeless.

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Writer: Andrew Chambliss, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon
Penciller: Cliff Richards
Inker: Andy Owens
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Fiona Staples

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