Titan Comics and Alcon Media Group have announced the February 2021 debut of Blade Runner Origins. Set ten years before Titan’s current bestselling and award-winning Blade Runner 2019, the year-long comic book series will follow the events leading up to the creation of the Blade Runner division, reflecting the world, characters, and events first seen in the genre-defining films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049.
A senior bioengineer for the Tyrell Corp is found hanging in her sealed laboratory, the victim of an apparent suicide. LAPD Detective Cal Moreaux—a war-scarred veteran of the bloody Off-world conflict known as Kalanthia, as depicted in the “Blackout 2022” Blade Runner anime—is sent to write it up, quickly, quietly and with the minimum of fuss. But something doesn’t sit right with the detective, and it soon becomes apparent that this is anything but a “normal” suicide. Did the scientist’s ground-breaking research on Nexus-model Replicants somehow contribute to her death? And is the apparent disappearance of a prototype Nexus unit also connected to the case? Det. Moreaux’s investigation will draw him into a dark conspiracy behind Dr. Tyrell’s Replicant empire.
TheBlade Runner Originsseries is being helmed by Mike Johnson, the award-winning co-writer of Titan’s Blade Runner 2019, joined here by DC Comics veteran K. Perkins, and screenwriter Mellow Brown.
Origins #1 will debut with a selection of amazing variant covers, including artwork by superstar artists Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and Peach Momoko, as well as a set of retro pulp-style covers by Robert Hack, plus much more!
Blade Runner Origins #1is set for release in comic stores and digital devices on February 24, 2021.
Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo Cover Artist(s): COVER A: Fernando Dagnino COVER B: Syd Mead COVER C: Andres Guinaldo
After six years off-world, ex-Blade Runner Ash has returned to Los Angeles, but now the hunter has become the hunted. New story by Academy award-nominated screenwriter MICHAEL GREEN (Blade Runner 2049, Logan) and co-writer MIKE JOHNSON (Supergirl)!
Titan Comics and Alcon Media Group have announced the December 16, 2020, launch of Blade Runner 2029, the continuation of the critically acclaimed series that began with Blade Runner 2019.
Blade Runner 2029 continues the saga of the LAPD’s most lethal Blade Runner, Detective Aahna “Ash” Ashina , and features the return of the original, award-winning creative writing team of Michael Green, co-writer Mike Johnson artist Andres Guinaldo, and colorist Marco Lesko.
Following the dramatic events of the first arc, Blade Runner 2029 sees an emotionally changed Ash back with the LAPD’s Blade Runner division and once again on the streets hunting renegade Replicants. She finds her loyalties and humanity challenged by two Replicants, one offering her salvation, the other deadly damnation.
This hotly-anticipated issue #1 is set to debut with a range of amazing variant covers to collect, including artwork by superstar artist Peach Momoko, John Wick artist Giovanni Valletta, a continuation of the iconic Syd Mead covers, plus much more!
One of the most fascinating panels from this year’s San Diego Comic Con came from TitanComics’ Blade Runner 2019creator roundtable. What made it so interesting, in a nutshell, is that the creators of the book agreed that what made writing Blade Runner 2019 so liberating was the fact there isn’t a long line of sequels, prequels, and trilogies to honor and reference. This isn’t Star Wars. It allowed for more creative freedom when populating the Blade Runner universe with new stories and further worldbuilding. Blade Runner 2019 #9 is a perfect example of this.
While the latest issue of the series is being presented as a new jumping on point for fans, there’s no doubt the book is aimed at readers that have been following the story since day one. I won’t spoil the story up to this point, but know that the kidnapping case that sets off the events of the entire series are still influencing the path the main character, Ash, is on.
Operating outside the legal confines of Blade Runners, Ash lands on a new problem that threatens to derail her search for answers involving old clusters of replicants hiding in old but familiar places and long lost projects coming up to the surface once more. Some of these parts of the story allow for accessibility but are still reliant on the previous developments. Not an easy jump in.
The creative team of Michael Green, Mike Johnson, and artist Andres Guinaldo do manage to keep the dark neon world of Blade Runner welcoming. In fact, Guinaldo’s work alone is enough to justify the buy. Issue #9 sees a return to the Los Angeles we’ve come to know and love from the movies and Guinaldo takes extra care to revisit classic locations with both nostalgia and new mysteries leading the way.
There’s a scene where Ash flies over the ruins of the Tyrell Corporation that’s particularly impressive due to how imposing it still manages to be regardless of its current state. Green and Johnson’s scripting put Guinaldo in a position to carry a lot of the storytelling on visuals alone. In fact, one of the things this comic does well is not overwhelm the pages with text. The comic genuinely plays to the idea that dystopic LA is its own character.
While the Phillip K. Dick sci-fi vibes are definitely present in this new story arc, I was pleasantly surprised to find a bit of horror thrown into the mix. Ash meets a group of zombie-like replicants that put their own spin on synthetic body horror, subtly but effectively. There’s the potential for even more disturbing replicant designs as the story moves forward.
The same pulp sensibilities of the previous entries and the movies is still present and it helps emphasize each small happening into a crucial and story-defining development. In a world where change comes at the cost of humanity, these things matter. Green, Johnson, and Guinaldo do a good job of capturing it all and giving it the time it deserves.
Blade Runner 2019 #9 is not as simple a jumping on point as it suggests it is, but if it inspires people to go back and read the first issues then it is hitting all the right notes. This series is a treasure trove of cyberpunk storytelling and any excuse it gives readers to explore it is a good one.
Script: Michael Green & Mike Johnson, Art: Andres Guinaldo Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Read or reread Blade Runner 2019 issues 1-8, then read #9
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Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo Cover Artist(s): Jesus Hervas (CVR A), Syd Mead (CVR B), Andres Guinaldo (CVR C)
The second arc of the bestselling comic reaches its climactic conclusion as former Blade Runner ASH’s mission takes her where no other Blade Runner would dare to go the never-before-seen Off-World colonies! From the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Blade Runner 2049, Michael Green, and co-writer Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Supergirl).
Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo Cover Artist(s): John McCrae (CVR A), Syd Mead (CVR B), Andres Guinaldo (CVR C)
Michael Green, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049, and co-writer Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Supergirl) continue the smash hit sci-fi comic set in the iconic world of Blade Runner! From the rain soaked dystopic world of Los Angeles 2019 to the never-before-seen promised land of the Off-World colonies, Replicant-hating ex-Blade Runner ASH’s missions take her where no other Blade Runner would dare to go.
Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo Cover Artist(s): Rian Hughes (CVR A), Syd Mead (CVR B), Andres Guinaldo (CVR C)
Michael Green, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049, and co-writer Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Supergirl) begin a new story in the smash hit sci-fi comic set in the iconic world of Blade Runner! Seven years after her disastrous last case, veteran Blade Runner Ash is low on cash and short on options… Illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America).
Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo Cover Artist(s): Butch Guise (A), Syd Mead (B), Andres Guinaldo (C), Butch Guise B&W (D) Retail Price: $3.99 Ship Date/Month: September 18, 2019
Hunter becomes hunted, as veteran Blade Runner Ash is shot down in neo-noir Los Angeles, 2019! The first new comic series set in the world of Blade Runner, from Michael Green (screenwriter for Blade Runner 2049) and Mike Johnson (Star Trek), and illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America)!
Yesterday (April 10, 2019) is a special date for Blade Runner fans — it’s the exact date of rogue Replicant Leon “Let Me Tell You About My Mother” Kowalski’s inception. (Even casual fans remember Leon as the Nexus-6 synthetic human who shoots the Blade Runner giving him a Voight-Kompff empathy test during the film’s opening sequence inside the imposing Tyrell Corporation double pyramid).
To mark the occasion, Titan Comics and Alcon Entertainment unveiled the first covers and further details for Blade Runner 2019 — a brand-new, in canon series set during the exact timeframe of the original Blade Runner film.
In the polluted and rain-drenched neo-noir nightmare that is Los Angeles, 2019, the veteran Blade Runner known as Ash has a new case: a billionaire’s wife and child, both apparently kidnapped by violent Replicants.
The 12-issue series is being written by acclaimed Blade Runner 2049 screenwriter Michael Green and veteran collaborator Mike Johnson, with interior art by noted artist Andres Guinaldo.
Blade Runner 2019 will debut July 17, 2019. The first issue—featuring variant covers by Artgerm, Syd Mead, Andres Guinaldo, and John Royle, among others—is available to pre-order through the upcoming May edition (for July shipping) of Diamond PREVIEWS.
Titan unveiled a fresh look at Blade Runner 2019 – a brand-new comic set during the exact timeframe of the original Blade Runner film.
Created by the legendary, multi-talented Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, the first cover from Titan’s Blade Runner 2019 series beautifully depicts the cityscape of Blade Runner’s Los Angeles in 2019, as well as a further look at new Blade Runner, Ash.
The comic is written by acclaimed Blade Runner 2049 screenwriter Michael Green and veteran collaborator Mike Johnson, with interior art by noted artist Andres Guinaldo.
Titan’s Blade Runner 2019 comics are set to debut in summer.