It’s difficult to describe why I love Dollhouse.
Ray has described their story as “A comic about a girl, a band, and the terrible decisions they make”.
And they’re right – a group of people play and love music, mess up, and have to deal with consequences. But there’s a lot more to it than a typical Rom Com or Bad Soap Opera like that.
Dollhouse has a big, diverse cast of really interesting characters, who all have really compelling and often inter-woven stories to tell.
And there are no punches pulled – cuts bleed, hearts break, and naked people usually have sex.
So full disclosure, I (Mx Harry), struggled to get into it at first, because it seemed a bit…overly-dramatic?
But Michael (the other half of Dragonhide) told me to stick with it.
And eventually, something clicked.
Everyone’s lives are really dramatic and choatic – and that’s the POINT.
Literally everyone has their own sh*t to get through, and they all deal with it in their own way, and bring only some of it to their interactions with their loved ones.
The really compelling thing is watching the characters slowly let other people know what they’re going through: Discovering that no-one’s the bad guy, everyone’s just coping the only way they think they can.
And while it is hyperbolas sometimes, it’s very true to life in that sense.
Conflict only really occurs when someone fails to imagine someone else complexy, and realise they’ve got their own baggage too.
Meanwhile other folks share their burdens and stuff gets a little brighter.
And with that in mind, the whole thing is really well executed!
So if you’re kinda tired of characters being flawless, and fighting an unquestionable evil – and want something more real, and rather grey; try Dollhouse.
Come for the artwork, stories and intersectional cast, and stay because you really, REALLY get emotionally invested in wanting to hug people and make it all slightly better.
It’s a great read – bring tissues.