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Blade Runner Origins is a comic book series by Titan Comics, written by Mike Johnson, K. Perkins, and Mellow Brown. Set ten years before Blade Runner, the series follows LAPD Detective Cal Moreaux's investigation of an apparent suicide by a Tyrell Corporation bioengineer.

The series launched on March 10, 2021.[1]

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In 2007, soldiers Cal Moreaux and Avery are engaged in a firefight during the siege of Kalanthia. Provided by Tyrell Corporation with a box "if all else fails," Avery goes to open it as Moreaux clears a hallway, asking Avery to thank Tyrell for him. As he clears the hallway, Moreaux hears a hissing noise and returns to find everyone in the room dead, except for a pair of individuals, one of whom says "you're welcome."

In 2009, at a Los Angeles hospital, Moreaux – now a Los Angeles Police Department detective – sits at the bedside of his sister, Nia, who is alive but otherwise unresponsive.

Moreaux goes to the LAPD precinct, where he is given a case concerning the apparent suicide of Lydia Kine, a Tyrell engineer. Moreaux travels to the corporation's headquarters, where he is the first non-Tyrell employee allowed inside. He is taken to the scene of Kine's death, where he meets Kine's assistant, Effie Koropey, who had discovered the body. He attempts to question Effie, but they are interrupted by Ilora Stahl, who was hand-picked by Eldon Tyrell to answer any questions for the LAPD. Stahl tells Moreaux that any details relevant to the investigation have already been sent to the LAPD, but states her belief that Moreaux's skills would be put to better use working for Tyrell.

Moreaux goes to La Plume Savage, where he tells his friend about the situation. His friend tries to discourage him from being employed by Tyrell, for his sister's sake. Returning to his apartment, he runs into Marcus, the brother of Lydia Kine, who insists that his sister's death was not by suicide, and that the company is covering up the truth. Moreaux notices someone lurking in the shadows, attempting to push a large crate over on Marcus. Moreaux pushes Marcus away and takes him inside his apartment to safety. He receives a phone call from Effie, who informs him that the night Lydia Kine died, a Nexus-5 prototype escaped.

Eventually, Moreaux and Marcus flee from the apartment. Meanwhile, Effie attempts to check Kine's files, only to learn from Stahl that Kine had destroyed all of her files prior to her death. Before leaving, Stahl requests any information Kine might have shared with Effie.

At the precinct, Moreaux examines Kine's body in the morgue. Much to his sergeant's displeasure, Moreaux expresses his doubts that the death was by suicide, due to Kine's broken vertebrae not being consistent with injuries typically caused by a noose. After leaving the morgue, he finds that Marcus has been taken away from the station by Tyrell personnel. En route from the precinct, the spinner containing Stahl and Marcus is attacked by a man who escapes the wreckage seemingly unscathed.

Moreaux goes to Nemo's Diner in the slums to meet with Effie. Effie confides in him that Tyrell continuously demanded upgrades to the Nexus-5 model, despite initially believing production would stop at the Nexus-4. Among these upgrades resulted in a common obsession, that of a desire for optimization. Moreaux questions why replicants were made to look like humans as Marcus is rescued from the spinner by its attacker.

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