Although there is still no official word on a sequel to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog, fans can still get their Dr. Horrible fix with a new one-shot comic from Dark Horse. The comic will bring back everyone's favorite singing characters for one more adventure written by Joss Whedon.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, written by Whedon, was a 2008 comedy musical web series that starred Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, a mad scientist who does a video blog about his nasty deeds and schemes. He eventually admits via song that he is in love with a girl named Penny (Felicia Day) after seeing her at the laundromat. But then Dr. Horrible receives some important news: The Evil League of Evil plans on reviewing his application for entry into the group, and he must do something terrible. That leads him into an adventure that makes him choose evil over Penny, which eventually leads her into the arms of Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion). And that's just in Act 1. The musical captured the hearts and minds of fans, many who continue to demand a sequel.
Unfortunately, it still doesn't seem like a sequel will happen, but for those fans who want a continuation of the story, there is good news. Whedon revealed at a 10th Anniversary panel for Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog that Dark Horse will release a one-shot Dr. Horrible comic. Called Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever, the story, written by Whedon, will see Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer join up to rescue Hourglass, who is in trouble. Whedon said:
"What a pleasure it is to be back in this world, putting words into these characters’ mouths and saying, ‘say these words, mouths’ and then they do. Each member of the Hammerverse—sorry, Doc, that’s what it’s called, he registered it—is a delightful, bigger than life character, but more importantly, on a very human level, they’re idiots. You will thrill to their adventures and weep for their pain, or maybe not weep, maybe just, I don’t know, itchy nose. Based on Actual Events."
The only downside to a Dr. Horrible comic book is that it can't sing, especially when the original web series had 14 musical numbers, performed by its actors. The soundtrack even made the Top 40 for albums shortly after its release. Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog also won numerous awards, including a People's Choice Award, a Streamy Award, a Hugo Award and a Creative Arts Emmy Award. Almost everyone involved, including Neil Patrick Harris, seem willing to work on a sequel, but much to fans' chagrin, it hasn't happened yet.
As it stands, fans are still stuck with only rumors of a Dr. Horrible sequel. But for now, at least there is a comic book to look forward to scratch that Horrible itch. Expect Dr. Horrible: Best Friends Forever to land in comic book stores on November 14. After that, though, it's still curtains for Dr. Horrible - lacy, gently wafting curtains.
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