Monday, April 21, 2014

Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories by Zack Whedon


Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories by Zack Whedon

Review by Lauren

copy from library; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Based on the Emmy Award-winning web series Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, this collection of stories written by Zack Whedon (Deadwood, Fringe) chronicles some of the earliest adventures in the lives of archenemies Captain Hammer and Dr. Horrible. This anthology solves many unanswered questions left over from the show. For instance: What event inspired Dr. Horrible to become the world's greatest criminal mastermind? Why is Penny, the beautiful girl from the Laundromat, still single? How can you, the reader, be like blustering do-gooder Captain Hammer? And why is Horrible's sidekick, Moist, so... um... well, you'll find out!

Review: Based on the characters made famous by Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (starring Neil Patrick Harris, etc.) Dr. Horrible and Other Horrible Stories is a great addition for fans. I loved learning more about these character's lives and how they became the person they are in the "movie." I think people who haven't watched the film can still enjoy the comics included in this book, since it is a bit of a prequel. If you do though, I would definitely recommend watching the Sing-Along Blog soon after. It's funny, well-written, and has SONGS!!


One of the things that I thought was cool is how they showed the various characters coming together. A lot of the comics lead the various people (Moist, Dr. Horrible, etc.) to a specific point in time and I thought that was a nice way to tie things in. The drawings are all really well done as well. Each story ends with a realistic drawing that makes the characters look like their actor counterparts. It's almost like a poster, since there is no words and the name of the next story is on the back, so you could easily tear it out. That's if you don't mind "mutilating" your books!

Overall, I really loved this graphic novel collection. It makes me love Dr. Horrible and the rest even more and I can't wait for more - either stories or a film!!

 
This was read for the Graphic Novel Reading Challenge

14 comments:

Melanie said...

I'm not a fan of graphic novels and only have read one or two in my life but this does sound pretty cool!

Lovely review! <33

Erika Sorocco said...

I've never read a graphic novel before; but this looks fun! Is Zach Whedon related to Joss Whedon?

xx

Brandi Kosiner said...

I haven't really read comics or seen film, but sounds interesting.

Liviania said...

I like the blog, so I should probably check this out sometime.

Giselle said...

I've never read a graphic novel but I loved comic books as a kid I should def give one a try!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this is a graphic novel I would have so much fun! Need to check this one out!

Krysten Gautreaux said...

Love me some Neil Patrick Harris!

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said...

I love this show, and I think I've read the comic...though I'm not sure. I've definitely held the comic though, lol. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Eileen said...

Aww this looks so cute! I've actually never watched Dr. Horrible's SIng-Along Blog, but maybe I'll watch the series and then read this book afterwards to really complete the whole experience :)

Alise said...

Thought Whedon sounded familiar! Joss Whedon and Zack are brothers, that's so cool that they are in kind of the same business! Love it when a graphic novel has good illustrations, I have a hard time reading them otherwise.

Andrea Thompson said...

Fun! It's amazing how much that illustration looks like Neil Patrick Harris. Thanks for sharing!

Lauren D. said...

I haven't seen this show, but I need to check it out! I love graphic novels and I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I read this during a 24 hour readathon and loved it! It's really hard to get enough Dr. Horrible. :)

Angela's Anxious Life said...

I had to google this... I had no idea Joss Whedon had a brother. I was like.. Zack Whedon... who is that???