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Blade Runner 2019


Writer: Michael Green and Mike Johnson
Artist: Andres Guinaldo
Colourist: Marco Lesko
Publisher: Titan Comics
RRP: UK £2.65, US $3.99
32 pages
Publication Date: 17 July 2019

In the neo-noir city of Los Angeles, 2019, Ash, a veteran Blade Runner, is grappling with a new case: a billionaire's wife and child, apparently kidnapped by Replicants for dark purposes... An all-new ongoing comic series from the pen of Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, Logan, American Gods), with longtime co-writer Mike Johnson (Batman/Superman, Supergirl, Star Trek), illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America). The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe...!

Titan Comics's new Blade Runner comic book series hits the ground... er... running. The surroundings are familiar, the basic premise is the same, but the characters are different. Like Ridley Scott's 1982 classic movie, the story is set in Los Angeles in the year 2019. The Blade Runner we follow has a reputation of being the best at what she does.

The story starts off with Ash, having brought down a Replicant who killed a group of humans. She gives him the option to take his own life, or she will hand him over to associates of hers who deal in Replicant body parts for collectors. She informs him that his eyes alone will fetch a good price. Given the options, he renders his eyes useless by piercing them both with a knife, before taking his own life. It's a little graphic, but helps thrust us into the realities of the world our characters inhabit.

Her next case sees her having to track down a missing mother and child who vanished after attending a party. This gives the writers a chance to show how Ash works. Rather than threatening or paying off her informers, we discover that they give her information because she's practically one of them. They trust her.

Issue #1 comes with 5 covers to collect: Cover A: Stanley Artgerm Lau Cover; B: Syd Mead (Original Blade Runner movie concept artist); Cover C: Andreas Guinaldo; Cover D: John Royle. There are actually 10 covers if you include all of the exclusive ones available in different stores. But for those how can't afford or don't want to collect them all, there are reprints on one of the pages at the back of the comic.

It's an intriguing start to what should be an entertaining series.


Darren Rea

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