Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, vol. 1

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, vol. 1 by Philip K. Dick and Tony Parker 8.0

When I took this on, I didn’t realize that I’d be reading the full, unabridged text of the original story…

What excellent news! happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy

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 winking0002 Free Emoticons   Winking).

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. indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent

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. happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy Not to say that it looks great – it simply made a book readable in comic book format (a laudable result, all things considered happy0024 Free Emoticons   Happy).

All this to say that it’s good, if grim, science fiction. And I’m really looking forward to the second part. happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy

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