Blade Runner 2 (November 1982)

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There are some real problems this issue–Goodwin’s got to adapt the stuff without Deckard (who in his adaptation isn’t just not a replicant, but is also a lot more the Deckard from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) and it’s just a mess. The way Goodwin structures it–the noir with Deckard and Rachel–it just doesn’t work for following the rogue replicants. Wait, aren’t they all rogue?

Anyway, Goodwin pulls it together for the conclusion, with a beautifully narrated sequence. Did Goodwin do any detective comics? I’d love to read them.

The stuff with Deckard and Rachel is a lot different from the movie and, if it weren’t for the structure, I’d argue Blade Runner the comic is a completely different animal.

Goodwin ends it with a postscript, a little line about blade runners. I Googled the line. He wrote it himself… makes for a lovely comic book.

CREDITS

Writer, Archie Goodwin; pencillers, Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon; inkers, Williamson, Garzon, Dan Green and Ralph Reese; colorist, Marie Severin; letterer, Ed King; editor, Jim Salicrup; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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