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This week's Culture Vultures recommend: 

Dollhouse Volume 1, Lakeview's People Play Games, and HBO's Girls

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Katie Johnston-Smith, Gorilla Tango Theatre executive producer, is flipping through:

Dollhouse Volume 1: Epitaphs Comic books are for nerds. However, nerdy is the new normal . . . which means comic books are for everyone! I am superlucky to live near one of Chicago's finest comic bookeries, Challengers Comics. The Challengers staff doesn't judge you if you are new to the graphic novel scene (like me), and they give excellent recommendations for new series to get into.

I recently read Dollhouse Volume 1 and absolutely loved it! It spins off of Joss Whedon's brilliant but short-lived show, also named Dollhouse. The story is set in a dystopian future in which the secretive Rossum Corporation programs individuals to become "dolls," wiping their minds and installing new personalities and skills to suit the needs of its wealthy clients.

Dollhouse Volume 1 explores a world in which Rossum's technology has gone global and brainwashed a majority of the population. It is both thrilling and pretty to look at. I mean, a graphic novel version of Tahmoh Penikett? Yes, please!

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