From the moment Dr. Horribleâ€™s Sing-Along Blog hit the intardwebz, fans of musical comedies, with a superhero hook have been in seventh heaven. While there have been a couple of attempts to tell a Dr. Horrible origin story, the official take on the villainâ€™s past can only be found in the pages of Dr. Horrible #1 from Dark Horse Comics.
What sends a villain over the edge and gets him (or her, but in this case him) to dedicate his lifeâ€™s work to evil? For young Billy (a.k.a. the future Dr. Horrible) it was the moment when he witnessed the fall of the brawn due to the brain of the villain. It probably wouldnâ€™t have gone down that way had the dumb as a bag of hammers school bully hadnâ€™t just given Billy a shiner.Â At that instant, Dr. Horrible was born.
The rest of the issue is a jump ahead 20 years to a point where Dr. Horrible is just starting to make a name for himself,and keeps having run-ins with Captain Hammer, who himself is not that smart.Â Instead of taking a pounding, Dr. Horrible believes distilling the DNA of his enemy and injecting himself with it will give him all of the power, with none of the consequences.Â There are, or course, consequences, but before things get too bad Dr. Horrible makes his escape to fight another day.
Zack Whedon does a great job of telling the origin story, and considering his familial connection to the property it makes sense he would create something that should be considered canonical.Â The pacing of the story is good, and his ability to work most of the other characters from the web musical into the story works well too.
Those who are expecting exact likenesses of Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and Simon Helberg might be slightly disappointed, as Joelle Jones creates great caricatures, but not realistic likenesses.Â Her art works really well, as it brings another level of interest to the story.Â Felicia Day fans are going to enjoy her likeness as sheâ€™s drawn as the cute pixie who anyone – even a villain – would fall in love with.Â I believe this is the first time Iâ€™ve ever seen Jonesâ€™ work, and Iâ€™m finding myself wanting more.
And by issueâ€™s end I find myself wanting more of these stories. We do know how it all ends, but the adventure getting there is what will make an interesting series.Â As a single issue, there are not a whole lot of problems with the story or art.Â I like how the story answers some questions, and the art ties it all together.Â If you are a Doctor Horrible fan, then youâ€™ll want to pick up this issue as it receives 4.5 out of 5 Stars.