I was expecting more
Published in 2006 by Pantheon
I may be living in a box because I had not heard of this book or the
movie before I found the graphic novel. When I saw it was based on a
Philip K. Dick book I was hopeful - after all, he is the author of such
thought-inducing works as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (A.K.A. Blade Runner) and he is the inspiration for The Minority Report and Total Recall (Not that Total Recall is as deep as the other two, but
there are some themes that the three share, including a caste system
based on birth, be you an android, a mutant or someone who can see the
What I hoped would be a thoughtful commentary on the
"War on Drugs" and/or the damage that drugs do to the user turned into a
rambling work of several episodes in the lives of some druggie pals and
the undercover narc officer who has caught himself in the web of
addiction. Sometimes funny, usually odd, this book just never lived up
to the other Philip K. Dick works mentioned above. It never gelled, it
never reached that critical mass where it started to make commentary on
the folly of drug use, or the folly of empowering our government to go
after users, etc.
Much like its characters, this book never
really got off the couch and did anything, despite a series of fits and
starts in which I thought that it might finally be going somewhere.
I rate this graphic novel 2 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on December 13, 2006.
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