When I took this on, I didn’t realize that I’d be reading the full, unabridged text of the original story…
But it explains why it got so challenging by the second chapter; it lumbered on with exposition that just wasn’t that self-evident (mind you, my brain has probably grown a bit lazy from reading standard graphic novels ).
It was worth the mental exercise, though, because I’m getting a completely different take on the movie ‘Blade Runner’ – which is based on this. So far (there’s a second -and final- volume left to read), they’re quite different – each in their own way.
There are some similarities here and there, certainly, but the film departs from the source material in significant ways – notably in the portrayal of earth’s future and its key characters.
What hampers this book is the artwork. While one shouldn’t compare it to the film, which is a visual feast, in comparison to other graphic novels it feels a bit bland. In my estimation, the penciler is not of the highest calibre.
The lettering, however, managed to make the text comprehensible and did so with a unique juxtaposition of bubbles, boxes and colours. It’s weird that I would notice this, as lettering is usually a casualty of the artwork, but it really stood out, not only in this book, but amongst graphic novels in its design. Not to say that it looks great – it simply made a book readable in comic book format (a laudable result, all things considered ).