Dr Horrible Comes to the iPhone

When the writer’s strike was going on a while back in Hollywood, very few things came out of that time. One of them though was the brilliant Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog [iTunes link], a three-part series featuring Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, all written and directed by Joss Whedon. Basic plot goes like this: NPH plays Dr. Horrible, a second-tier super villan who wants to get into the Evil League of Evil. Problem is, every time he does something to try to get the attention of the league, his arch nemesis – Captain Hammer played by Nathan Fillion – stops him in his tracks.

[Mild spoilers ahead]

Now that sounds like every other superhero story out there, but this one has a twist. Dr. Horrible isn’t really that unlikable a guy. We want him to succeed, even though we know that means doing some bad things. The other complication is that he’s met a girl and fallen in love. Her name is Penny and she’s played by Felicia Day. Of course she doesn’t know that he’s evil because he’s not in uniform, but then she runs into Captain Hammer and the love triangle begins.

The plot twists and turns a few different times, and there’s a lot of singing in there as well. Thing is, it’s not weird or goofy, it all just fits and flows really well. When you get to the end of the series, you’re left wanting more, but know there probably won’t be any. Well, turns out that’s wrong.

First, there were rumors that they were doing a Dr. Horrible movie. Good idea? Not so much. The short films worked out perfectly, but I don’t see this holding my attention for two hours. But now they’ve released an app for the iPhone, and it’s a comic book. You’ll never guess what it’s called.

“Dr Horrible.”

That’s right. Brilliant, isn’t it? Anyways, this comic [iTunes link] deals more with the backstory of the good doctor and where he began. I haven’t gotten into much of it yet, but so far it’s pretty entertaining. And at the low, low price of just .99 cents, it’s a bargain for everyone.

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If you’ve got an iPhone, this is a must-purchase. Go get it now, and prepare to be entertained.

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