- Posted by Johanna on December 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm
- Category: Comic News
Diamond sent out the cover for the next Previews catalog, out December 29.
I was surprised to note that it was promoting Dollhouse: Epitaths, a comic book version of the canceled science fiction TV show coming from Dark Horse Comics in March. I hadn’t heard that the show was going to have a comic adaptation. Here’s how Diamond describes it:
Dollhouse: Epitaths will be written by TV series writers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and continue a story set in the post‐apocalyptic future in which mind‐wiping technology has gone viral. Originally, this technology was used by each Dollhouse to provide its “Dolls” with the memories and skills necessary to complete a given mission. Now, however, that technology has been abused by the Rossum Corporation and people around the globe have had their memories erased. Only a select few that have avoided this fate can save the world.
I was even more surprised when I stumbled across this article with creator Joss Whedon from January of this year, which says:
Whedon explained that a comic continuation seems highly unlikely.
“The only time it crosses my mind is when [Dark Horse Comics editor] Scott Allie pesters me as he did the other day, saying, ‘”Epitaph One” sounds like a comic! It’s post-apocalyptic!’ But my answer is ‘No.’ It’s pretty unequivocal. It could change, but I need to do the next thing, and I do spend an enormous amount of my career replatforming things I already did. After a while, it starts to just seem a little morbid.”
Beyond the fact that “Dollhouse” as a series is not solely under his own control legally, the writer felt that even with its sci-fi bent the premise of the series wouldn’t translate well to comics. “I don’t think it’s a comic. It’s a TV show…apparently not a Fox show, but it is a TV show. There are themes in it and ideas that could work in a comic, but for me to spend the amount of time it would take keeping the comic true to what’s already out there when I’m already doing that with ‘Buffy’ would be a ridiculous waste of my time. And ultimately that would net me a piece of something that belongs to Fox. It just makes no sense to do a comic with ‘Dollhouse.’ I don’t get it, and I’m not sure I’d read it. And in the amount of time it would take, I intend to do more comics, but I intend to do new comics. I’d like to throw some new ideas. And I’d like to continue ‘Buffy’ and make sure we don’t flip there and we really keep it coming.”