Still very good, but I’m disappointed to discover that my assumption that there were only two volumes was wrong. In fact, it appears that there are a total of six volumes – I just haven’t seen them yet (or knew about them until now).
This particular volume breezed by compared to the first, as the exposition appears to have been taken care of. In fact, at four chapters, this book was all too brief – much of the original novel’s description being replaced by artwork.
It was also all too predictable; you could totally predict what was going to happen (and, no, the events don’t relate to ‘Blade Runner’ – that’s not the reason… ). And there were moments when I felt the characters could have done more logical things…
For instance, it would seem to me natural for the bounty hunters to be paired up: one for testing and one for protection – seeing as the Andys would evidently assume they’re about to be terminated, thereby making them more dangerous. Or the fact that it’s not standard procedure to use the Nondirectional Penfield Wave Transmitter whenever they’re about to capture someone. It seems safer, and it limits chances of escape.
The artwork really bothered me this time. I recognized its weakness in the first volume, but now it completely tainted the experience: poses were unnatural (and sometimes impossible), backgrounds felt incomplete, perspectives were sometimes off, …etc. You get a sense of what’s going on, of course, but I wonder if Dick’s descriptions are accurately portrayed here.