• Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep #19

    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Very good

    Deckard and Rachael debate their respective missions as foreplay.

    Writer: Philip K. Dick
    Artist: Tony Parker
    Colors: Blond
    Letters: Richard Starkings of Comicraft
    Cover Art: Brett Weldele
    Editor: Bryce Carlson
    Publisher: Boom! Studios

    Another quiet issue, where two people talk in a hotel room. That’s it, for the entire issue. And yet, it works much better than it has any right too, but you could say that about the DADOES comic as a whole. You’d think talky, one room comics like this would make for boring reading, but Dick has a special economical rhythm to his writing, and even when his characters are waxing on about philosophical conundrums, it’s easy to get caught up in it.

    I could recap this issue by simply telling you Deckard and Rachael discuss whether or not androids really are life forms or not, whether Deckard could actually retire these final andys he’s after, whether they should sleep together, whether Deckard actually can sleep with Rachael (from a physiological standpoint), and whether Deckard should go after the andys now or wait. Yes, that’s a lot of whethers, but for being a comic all about conversations, it isn’t weighed down by excess exposition or slow. It moves along well, and isn’t boring at all, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people unaccustomed to this series might wonder if anything actually happens ever. (Yes, it does. This issue probably isn’t the best representation of the series as a whole.) I will say I’m much happier with this sex scene as opposed to the strangely rape-y one in the movie Blade Runner.

    The art is very good, with the occasional flashback or imaginings to liven up what might be some static panels, and there’s a tiny bit of skin for when there’s nothing else new to focus on.

    I’ve been enjoying this series immensely, but it probably helps that I enjoyed the book. If you did, you will love this too. If you’ve never read the book, this is a great way to do it.

    Story: 4/5 Stars
    Art: 4/5 Stars
    Overall: 4/5 Stars
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Terry Verticchio's Avatar
      Terry Verticchio -
      I like the tag you put in the review, Andy..."bad scene in a good movie".

      That's so Andy!
    1. Andrea Speed's Avatar
      Andrea Speed -
      Well, it is! And if I'm allowed to add tags, I'm going to abuse the system wholeheartedly.
    1. Terry Verticchio's Avatar
      Terry Verticchio -
      Should we have a debate about the scene, Andy, as I never saw that way?
    1. Andrea Speed's Avatar
      Andrea Speed -
      We could if you wanted! But I have a feeling it'll devolve into who you think is genuinely crazier - Sean Young, Harrison Ford, or Ridley Scott? I mean, that's a plethora of madness to choose from ...
    1. Terry Verticchio's Avatar
      Terry Verticchio -
      Okay, I know this is going to sound wrong, but it was one shove. It was rough, but not violent. I know we're splitting hairs but that is how it seemed to me.