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Blade Runner 2029 #5 is the fifth issue of Blade Runner 2029.


"Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution into the NEXUS phase – a being virtually identical to a human – known as a REPLICANT.

Replicants were used Off-world as slave labor. Those who escaped to Earth were hunted by BLADE RUNNER UNITS ordered to kill any trespassing Replicant upon detection.

In 2022, a Replicant attack on the Tyrell Corporation forced the company into bankruptcy and erased all records of existing Replicants. The surviving Nexus 8 models disappeared with the help of the REPLICANT UNDERGROUND. Many Replicants remained in servitude.

In 2027, AAHNA "ASH" ASHINA, a former Blade Runner, rejoined the department to hunt down fugitive Replicants. Her superiors are unaware that her loyalties are divided. Her lover, FREYSA, is a leader in the Replicant underground.

While investigating a report of a rogue Replicant at the Los Angeles seawall construction site, Ash discovered that a Nexus 6 Replicant, YOTUN, whom she had failed to retire 12 years previously, had somehow outlived his expiration date and had become the leader of a Replicant guerrilla army.

In a surprise attack, Yotun and his Replicants destroyed a section of the seawall and murdered the political and corporate elite of Los Angeles. Ash, meanwhile, finds herself captive in Yotun's hidden base of operations...

En route to the group's base, they fly over Los Angeles, Yotun pondering on the thoughts and future of the city's denizens. He is interrupted when police spinners approach their vehicle, prompting him to disable one and hijack another.

Meanwhile, Ash manages to escape Kalia and Lelia, finding herself lost in a massive trash dump until Yotun arrives. She attempts to fight him, but is incapacitated by her spine.

At a restaurant, Freysa consults with Dyson in her search for Ash. She is then introduced to Silka, a recent replicant escapee who informs her that she knows where Ash is.

Yotun takes her back to the base, where a group of replicants she previously retired show themselves to her. As mercy for these lives she retired, Yotun has Ash placed in a tank, promising her "new life."