The fight for free will starts now! Alpha was the perfect product of Rossum Corporation’s mind-altering technology, until he snapped, burdened by the dozens of personalities they’d downloaded into his brain. Now the technology has gone viral, turning the entire population into murderous automatons, and it’s up to the psychotic Alpha and a small group of survivors to save mankind.

Straight from the ‘Dollhouse’ one-shot written by show writers, this new series continues the tale of survivors taking up arms against Rossum, as Joss Whedon’s ‘Dollhouse’ continues only in the funny books!

Disclosure time… I wasn’t NOT a fan of ‘Dollhouse’ when it was gracing my television screen each Friday night for two seasons. I can’t whole-heartedly say I didn’t like the show, but I was disappointed enough to not fret too much when it was cancelled.

To me, the biggest problem with ‘Dollhouse’ was following a Doll as the main character. I always felt like Paul Ballard’s (Tahmoh Penikett) quest to free Caroline/Echo (Eliza Dushku) was the more interesting story. So, when ‘Dollhouse Epitaphs #1’ came across my desk it was met with a certain amount of hesitation when it came to diving right in.

‘Epitaphs #1’ had one thing going for it in my eyes… Alpha. Alpha working to save the world, and he is using a young boy named Trevor to be his army of one. By developing a way to imprint skills and traits, without the need for a chair, Alpha is attempting to create the perfect soldier. Only a little more free will and a little less mindless man child, it looks like someone learned a lesson after being a guest of the Rossum Corporation.

The action in the book kicks off at Golden State Telemarketing, as all of their phones ring in unison, instantly turning those evil telemarketers into evil mindless butchers. Butchers with one directive, Multiply. I found these pages especially gratifying as the tables were turned on the telemarketers, as they were the ones receiving an unwanted phone call.

I want to remain spoiler free in this review, so you’ll have to go pick up this book to learn more about the opening salvo to this all new series. I’ll say this, the book is really well written. There is a lot interesting happenings going on right from the get go. Cliff Richards, Andy Owens and Michelle Madsen, are a formidable art team. They do an excellent job capturing the severity of the situation, and I can’t wait to see more.