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Blade Runner 2029 #8 is the eighth 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.

Learning of her investigation, Yotun had Ash abducted before launching an all-out terrorist attack upon Los Angeles. His Replicant army destroyed the newly constructed seawall, killing the political and corporate elite of the city who had gathered to witness the opening ceremony.

Rescued from Yotun's clutches by members of Freysa's Underground, Ash awakens from her time in his rejuvenation tanks seemingly reborn, her back free of its cybernetic brace and her vision restored too. Learning that her lover is Yotun's prisoner, Ash races to save her.

Meanwhile, Yotun's army have taken control of the LAPD building...

Yotun suddenly cries out in pain, his companions offering their blood to him, prompting Freysa to discover this is how he had lived past his expiration date.

Meanwhile, Ash obtains a motorcycle and makes her way to the LAPD headquarters, where she dispatches several of the revolutionaries as Yotun broadcasts a message to Los Angeles, announcing his group's takeover of the city. However, Freysa stops the broadcast and Yotun retaliates by attacking her, ultimately removing her right eye.

Ash discovers that the building is bombed and is caught in an explosion. Continuing through the building, she encounters Yotun, who manages to slip away. She then manages to find Freysa and the pair are rescued by the Replicant Underground as the LAPD headquarters burns.