Blade Runner #1

Harrison Ford visits the miniature effects studio.

Blade Runner movie adaptation #1

Marvel Comics (October, 1983)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Hampton Fancher & David Peoples
DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott
ADAPTATION: Archie Goodwin
ARTISTS: Al Milgron & Carlos Garzon
CO-INKERS: Dan Green & Ralph Reese
COLORIST: Marie Severin
LETTERER: Ed King
EDITOR: Jim Salicrup

Adapting the Blade Runner movie, loosely adapted from Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep. In this part we’re introduced to Deckard, a former “blade runner”, cops who hunt down illegal androids called “replicants” who quit because they were becoming more and more real with each model. Now he’s forced back because five of the new model, the “Nexus Six”, have come to earth, led by combat unit Roy Batty. One already died trying to break in the company that built them and another killed the previous blade runner on this case who had infiltrated the company. As Deckard’s story becomes connected to the secretary, Rachel, he ends up hunting down another one, and Leon (the guy who killed the other cop, not our own Leon) isn’t happy!

The hardest part of writing that is knowing what information to put in here. I don’t want to spoil too much, but it’s over two decades old. There’s also how much do I want to shove into one paragraph or just make into a review of the movie. I just wanted to give you an idea of how much of the movie was put into this first of two issues.

What they got right: I obtained this issue when if first came out. It wasn’t until years later that I finally saw the movie (not the Directors Cut) and even longer before I finally found issue #2, which I’ll review tomorrow. The pacing was much better than the movie, mostly due to how much space they had in two issues to tell it, I imagine. The narrations jumped over the boring parts. The art was also good, although my copy is well-read and kind of old. This was before we all started taking such good care of our comics but it’s in still pretty good shape. The characters look like the actors, since matching them wasn’t as much an issue, being a licensed adaptation that came out around the time of the movie. I guess it was part of the license.

What they got wrong: Remember when I said “narrations”? That’s because there are two narrators, Deckard and the usual omniscient narrator. While they were nice enough to give both a different font, kudos to Ed King, it’s still a bit distracting. Like I said the narrators jumped over the boring parts, but the not-Deckard narrator wasn’t needed.

Recommendation: Back then the comic was all you had, and it was a rather fair adaptation. Nowadays I could better point you the movie, and you can hunt down which cut you prefer: the theatrical or the Director’s Cut with a different ending. You can also get the recent 30th Anniversary Collection with all the cuts. (Buy it through this Amazon Affiliate Link and support the Spotlight.) That might be a better option, but if you want the comic version it is a good story.

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