- For the original film, see Blade Runner
Blade Runner 2019 is a twelve-issue comic book series by Titan Comics, written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson. The first issue was released on July 17, 2019, with the final issue released on November 18, 2020.
The comic was followed by the series Blade Runner 2029.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cover gallery
- 3 Video gallery
- 4 References
Early in the 21st Century, the TYRELL CORPORATION advanced robot evolution to the NEXUS phase – creating artificial beings virtually identical to humans – known as REPLICANTS.
Superior in strength and agility, the Replicants functioned primarily as Off-world slave labor or in hazardous, high-collateral combat situations.
After Replicants were declared illegal on Earth, special police operatives – called BLADE RUNNERS – had orders to kill or 'RETIRE' any trespassers upon detection.
Detective AAHNA ASHINA of the Los Angeles Police Department was one of the first to qualify for the assignment.
Her colleagues called her ASH.
She was the best of them.
Ash, having tracked down the replicant Benny, guilty of killing five people, she considers selling his eyes on the collectors' market. However, given the option to remove his own eyes, Benny accepts and then follows by slitting his throat, to Ash's astonishment.
The Blade Runner returns to her superior, Wojciech, who informs her that there are no current jobs to hunt replicants. Instead, Alexander Selwyn of the Canaan Corporation has requested a top Blade Runner to find his missing wife and daughter, Isobel and Cleo.
Ash meets with Selwyn in Santa Barbara, learning that his wife, child, their chauffer Arkady, and his wife's spinner were last seen at Lydia Tyrell's birthday party. He declines media attention toward the disappearance, fearing that it would attract enemies.
After a thorough search of the home, Ash turns up nothing, so searches the city. She eventually finds the spinner south of the city viaduct, with Arkady murdered inside. Becoming exhausted, Ash decides to delay her report to the morning, and rushes home.
In the late hours, Isobel and Cleo make their way through the streets to find Malak.
Ash makes it home, finding her way to a wheelchair to recharge her cybernetics.
Isobel and Cleo make it to their meeting place with Malak, but he is not there. They are confronted by two men and a woman, who attack. Isobel quickly incapacitates them before Malak finally arrives.
It is learned that Isobel Selwyn made a call to a "chop shop," which Ash investigates. A doctor practicing at the facility, "the Skin" tells her that Isobel's call concerned the rate of a birthmark consult, and said that she was going "home." Before Ash leaves, the Skin notices that she wears a brace.
Ash assigns an officer to tail the doctor, learning his address at The Carleton, where she finds Bellingham, an elderly replicant whose appearance is a result of an operation by the Skin. When she questions him about Isobel Selwyn, he states that he knows "everything" and attacks Ash. She managed to fend him off, but before he jumps out a window, he tells her to ask Selwyn "why he wants his daughter dead."
Ash speaks to Selwyn, updating him on the case, but decides to make no mention of the elderly replicant's command.
After the police find the Skin, Isobel disguises herself and Cleo. The Lung prepares them to meet "the Bones," who is to escort them out of the city.
Wojciech tells Ash of the Skin's past, including previous aliases as well as his employment at the Tyrell Corporation. Shortly afterward, Ash is attacked, resulting in her spinner being shot down.
She manages to crash-land her spinner into an abandoned warehouse and crawls out of the wreckage, but it explodes, injuring her.
Isobel and Cleo are introduced to the Bones and the elderly replicant informs the group that they had shot Ash out of the sky. The Lung suggests that Isobel and Cleo travel south.
Thirty hours later, Ash wakes in the hospital. Wojciech informs her that the entire department is now aware of and resistant to her cybernetics and that Selwyn no longer wants Ash on the case, which has been given to Harry Bryant's division.
Although Ash resolves to forget about the case, she travels to the Tyrell headquarters, where she learns she has apparently been expected. She meets with Ms. Elo, who wishes to hire Ash to find Cleo, telling her that Isobel is a Nexus-7 replicant who was originally a gift from Eldon Tyrell to Selwyn, designed to be identical to his late wife. The Tyrell Corporation believes Isobel has kidnapped Cleo, because Cleo possesses a mutated gene that is linked to a longer life expectancy, which Isobel may use to try and extend replicant lifespans. The corporation offers to pay Ash with a permanent fix to her spinal condition, alleviating the need for her brace.
The Bones takes Isobel and Cleo across the border.
Having accepted the assignment from the Tyrell Corporation, Ash decides her next step will be finding Bellingham. During her search, she encounters Lelas, her former partner, tasing him before he can brutalize a suspect. She intimidates the suspect into telling her of a beach south of the border, where some replicants have sought refuge.
Meanwhile, Ash flies south toward Baja, where she has determined the beach to be.
Selwyn and a bodyguard go to the Skin to interrogate him about his contact with Isobel.
Ash arrives at El Santuario and confronts the inhabitants. Convincing her to stand down, the Replicant Underground show her correspondence between Selwyn and Tyrell indicating that the Tyrell Corporation should be given full custody of Cleo, as payment for Isobel. Isobel reveals this to be the reason she escaped to El Santuario, where Cleo shall be protected until she is old enough to look after herself.
Selwyn arrives at El Santuario with armed Tyrell personnel. A firefight ensues, with Ash managing to escape with Cleo as Isobel stays to cover them.
Ash reaches Los Angeles with Cleo, resolving to protect the girl rather than take her to the police or Tyrell. Cleo tells her that her mother had mentioned another safe place and points to the sky.
An uprising is staged by replicants. Cleo escapes with Padraic, a replicant she has recently befriended.
Ash is recovered from the carnage left by a Nexus-8 uprising as Cleo is taken to Pellam – the leader of the Nexus-8 group – by Padraic. Pellam wants her to retrieve transit ciphers and she tells them the nearest location is at Ramanuja.
Ash is subjected to the Voight-Kampff test by Blade Runner Hythe, who knows her true identity and that she is wanted for the murder of Isobel Selwyn. However, Ash completely denies her true identity, insisting that she is Darja Kady.
The replicant group reaches Ramanuja as Ash decides that she is done running. Hythe reinstates Ash as a Blade Runner and recruits her to help find Cleo. Hythe interrogates an aquarium owner, who tells them that the Nexus-8 group sought information about eyes.
The Nexus-8 group visits an eye surgeon, who removes their eyes that contain serial numbers, although Padraic opts out. Ash and Hythe visit her a week later, asking her about their visit. She is at first resistant, but when Hythe threatens with force, she relents, telling them everything about the visit. She hints that if they find Padraic, they will find Cleo, a risk that Cleo points out to Padraic.
Ash and Hythe go to the Maze, a dangerous borough of Ramanuja, learning that the group had been there recently, but without Cleo. Pellam ambushes the Blade Runners, telling them that they will not find the rest of the group. They subdue Pellam, but he reveals no valuable information before Hythe exterminates him.
Ash and Hythe meet with the latter's boss, Isobel Selwyn. Isobel explains that she escaped the firefight and has been spending the last seven years searching for Cleo.
Hartawan explains to Cleo and Padraic that it would be wise of them to change their appearances before they venture forth to Arcadia.
Ash, Hythe, and Isobel follow Cleo's trail to Ramanuja Station. Just as their leads turn cold, Ash sees an advertisement to Arcadia and believes it is Cleo's destination. As she examines the crowd preparing to board the transport to Arcadia, Ash is held at gunpoint by Hythe, revealing that she had been deceived – the Isobel she knew had actually died, and this was another, created to trick Ash into leading them to Cleo.
Padraic emerges from the crowd, tackling Hythe and throwing her gun away. Cleo goes to Isobel, unaware of the deception as Hythe draws her sidearm, killing Padraic. As Hythe harshly criticizes Ash's support for the replicants, Isobel shoots her and reveals that she is sympathetic to Ash, as she possesses the previous Isobel's memories. Thus, Ash leaves Cleo in Isobel's care so that they can reach Arcadia, while she returns to Earth.
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In the year 2000, at a food stand operated by Ash and her grandmother, LAPD officers take meals and refuse to pay, threatening to expose the stand's fake permit if they insist on payment.
In July 2009, Eldon Tyrell, Rhea McCallister, and Charles Edevane conduct a meeting concerning the murder of Lydia Kine – a worker in Edevane's lab – by the pleasure model Nexus-4 331575. Meanwhile, Ash blackmails Zhang in return for a back brace, allowing her to walk more efficiently without crutches.
In 2013, Ash performs a Voight-Kampff test on a female replicant and retires her, the first retirement of her Blade Runner career.
Seeking information on the whereabouts of Alexander Selwyn, Ash visits Wojciech, who is now retired from the LAPD. Wojciech, however, informs her that Selwyn has "gone hermit" and that Ash must rely on her own knowledge of Los Angeles to find her way to him.
Ash's search leads her to the remains of the Tyrell Corporation headquarters, where she is ambushed by a group of squatters. She escapes, finding refuge with Fost, a Tyrell scientist who was part of the project that created the Isobel Selwyn replicant and apparently still believes the company is operational. Ash convinces him that she is also part of the project and needs to deliver data on the Isobel project to Selwyn.
Meanwhile, Selwyn informs another Hythe that Ash is on his trail and assigns her to hunt Ash down.
Fost assists Ash in escaping the Tyrell building, but she is apprehended by police officers. After being interrogated, she is to be taken to Ventura, but instead, a Resistance group intercepts the police spinner and takes her to a farm where the group resides.
The group's leader, Freysa, begins to repair Ash's brace so that they can gain her assistance, but the farm is discovered by the new Hythe, who had been tipped off by Pim, a member of the group. Pim apologizes to Freysa but is promptly eliminated by Hythe. Dyson then launches a counterattack, destroying a spinner that accompanied Hythe, allowing Ash, Freysa, and a boy, Ephraim, to escape in Hythe's.
Reaching a hideout in the city, Freysa repairs Ash's brace while stating her own plans to take down Selwyn, who has been illegally producing Nexus-8 replicants through his company. Ash returns to Selwyn's former home, where he awaits her with Cleo's lion – now grown – and four more Hythes.
A fight ensues, with Ash killing two of the Hythes and the lion before slipping out of the mansion. However, Selwyn disables Ash's spine brace with a remote. Cleo and Isobel then arrive to confront Selwyn about his intentions for seeking Cleo. Selwyn pleads that they become a family again, but Isobel snaps his neck, prompting one of the Hythes to prepare to kill her. The other Hythe – a defective one – kills this Hythe and requests the mansion and anonymity as payment.
Ash, Cleo, and Isobel return to the city, with Cleo and Isobel now planning on going to Arcadia, while Ash decides to stay on Earth in order to assist Nexus 8s.
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