Blade Runner 2019 #1 is the first in a new series from Titan Comics, continuing the Blade Runner story. The comic starts with a female Blade Runner, Ash, as she basically guts a Replicant. For those not in the know or major fans of the Blade Runner franchise, a Replicant is basically a fake human robot that is almost indistinguishable from a human being. They were created by the Tyrell Corporation to be assistants and go where humans could not. However, they developed the desires of human beings and fought to stay alive, even with a limited shelf life. Blade Runners are hired assassins to take down the Replicants so that they don’t go after humans. That doesn’t mean the Blade Runners use clean methods. Back to the comic. Ash is doing what she feels necessary to take down a Replicant and it is pretty gory for a comic book. Think carving out someone’s eyes. Earth is basically a dark mess full of neon lights and advertisements, and new Replicants appear to be hiding out and lying low. Ash is called in to find the missing wife and child of a wealthy man named Sewlyn. Things are, of course, not what they seem in this dark thriller of a comic.
Blade Runner 2019 is dark, just like the movie franchise. Ash is a difficult character to pin down at first. When the reader meets her, she’s carving a dude up, but later on in the comic you get a better idea of why. If you’re a reader uncomfortable with violence, maybe skip this series. If you’re a big fan of the Blade Runner franchise, what are you waiting for?
Blade Runner 2019 #1 is available July 17, 2019.