Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep: Where Blade Runner Came From
Written by Philip K. Dick
Illustrated by Tony Parker with Blond
Published by Boom Studios!
Deckard is a man living in a post-apocalyptic San Francisco, where a nuclear global war has laid waste to most of the planet. Most animal species are now extinct, thus owning one is a status symbol. Decker has an old electric sheep that he dreams of replacing with a real animal. His day job of retiring Nexus-6 androids makes Deckard question his own humanity and his own reality in the most profound ways possible.
With the arrival of Blade Runner 2049 we need to go back to the origins of it all. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was the source material for the original movie. The story in both the book and movie follow Decker a Blade Runner (although that name is never used in the book) and his experiences with Androids. This comic has over 600 pages (it has all 24 issues compiled) and takes the text from the book and puts it into a comic form. There is much to read so be prepared for that. But I find the art helpful rather than a hindrance even though you will spend a lot longer on one page than your average comic.
The art is stunning and really complementary to the initial story. Even though it is a long and mighty read, it is worth it just do delve into that world and perhaps find yourself facing the same questions about humanity that Deckard does.
There are also a total of 21 essays added to this comic that really give it a never before seen depth. Names such as Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker, Graeme McMillan and many more have contributed to this book. There are also additional pieces of art that are truly one of a kind. It really is a must read if you love Blade Runner and if you wish to have a more accurate background to the source material prior to seeing Blade Runner 2049.