Review: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus TP

DADOES_Omnibus_coverBlade Runner was one of those movies that one has to watch multiple times, to make a proper opinion of it, as everyone I know looks at this work in so many different ways since their first viewing. Just like any movie, you pick up on certain things you never noticed the first time, plus you actually beign to see certain things that other people have pointed out. Personally, I did not like the movie the first time around, I remember being 8 years old, and not getting what the story was about or why Harrison Ford’s character is chasing people around the city. It was not until I was 15 that picked up the source material, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which blew my mind.

Philip K Dick’s story was miles away from what the movie was in my memory; I cannot even say it captured the essence of the book, as it pretty much was a departure from what the story was altogether. So when the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner came out a few years ago, I finally understood why they never fully realized the original vision, with all the behind the scenes turmoil and the pressures from the studio. As the Director’s cut, prove more faithful, but not so much that it changed my opinion of the movie, which is why I crave for a better adaptation. BOOM! Studios answered that call, with their adaptation a few years ago.

BOOM! recently released an omnibus version of the series, in all of its glory, and collecting all 24 issues of the original entire run of the comic. Unlike most adaptations, this one has got to be the most faithful to the original book than I would have ever imagined, and from reading all those years ago, it still remains intriguing and cerebral in the right marks, much like the book. This adaptation reminds me exactly why I liked Rick Deckard in the book, because he comes off so much like John Wayne’s character in the Searchers, a well worn warrior, who just has one more mission to go on, while searching for these replicants(androids), he actually searches for himself. By story’s end, the reader finds resolve at the same Deckard does, but not without going through change.

Overall, an excellent adaptation, it captures the book in its best lights, as it soars in faithful adaptation where the Watchmen movie, often suffocated. Philip K Dick’s story still stands strong, many years later from its conception, as from the many recollections about his writing process especially on this book, he wrote like a man possessed. The art by Tony Parker and Blond, is a beautiful mixture of 80s comic book art and new school vision. Altogether, a solid book, at 642 pages, for any fan of Philip K Dick, considering one of his other books which has been adapted, is now streaming on Amazon Prime, he is at his best with this book.

Story: Philip K Dick Art: Tony Parker and Blond
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy NOW

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review