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Preview/Review of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep #5

Written by prozacman on Wednesday, October 28 2009 and posted in Previews

Find out what happens when you plug a real cat's tail into an electrical socket! (not as funny as you would think)


Written by Philip K. Dick
Drawn by Tony Parker
SC, 32 pgs, FC, (5 of 24), SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Moritat
COVER B: Brett Weldele
Diamond Code: AUG090721

The book that inspired BLADE RUNNER continues! The world has survived war… but is it ready for mass empathy? Everyday, the thousands left on Earth immerse themselves within the plight of Wilbur Mercer. They suffer as he does, making a never-ending climb through a Hellish terrain. Welcome to the world of Rick Deckard, the world of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


Coming in blind to the fith issue of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, I was surprised to find it a self contained story.  I knew from the press releases that it was the story that inspired Blade Runner.  Beyond that I didn’t know much.  The story was good in a sad way.  Though with a different artist, it could easily have been a comedy.     


The story is supposed to be exactly as Philip K. Dicks wrote it.  At least the dialog and narration.  The artist interpretation of those words is what decides the tone of the story (more on that latter).  In the world this story takes place, life is so scarce that we make androids to take their place.  The focus of this issue is that a real cat has been accidentally killed by electrocution when mistaken for an android and attempts to recharge it.


Admit it, most of you laughed a little after reading that last sentence!  You pictured a cartoon cat getting his tail stuck into a wall socket and electrocuted Tom and Jerry style.  The art in this book tries really hard to keep you from having that reaction.  The opening pages of the book show a grim semi-burnt city on a cloudy day.  A city that looks so depressing that when you read the narration box say “he stared down on the corps of the cat” I picture Rorschach from the Watchmen movie as the narrator.  Tony Parker composes his panels to convey the seriousness of the situation.  One of the employees had accidentally killed some one's pet.  That cat was member on some a family.  Now the people have to deal with the serious consequences of that accident.  Not to many artist could pull that off.  Parker along with Blond’s colors makes it happen. 

The same dialog given to a different artist would make this book a comedy.  Picture Sergio Aragonés or David Willis of Shortpacked! drawing this script.   Especially when the fat guy says “what did you do, try to recharge his batteries?”. 

Final Thoughts:

Good book in and of it self .  Good but sad.  Not sure how it works into the rest of the story, but is the rare book these days that you can read with out having read the previous issues.  Try doing that with a Green Lantern book. 

Review by Brian Osserman


8 of 10


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