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Blade Runner Origins #8 is the eighth issue of Blade Runner Origins.


"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, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets.

Now, on Earth, the NEXUS 4 Replicants have been adapted for societal elites to own for industry and service work. But, Tyrell continues to experiment with further enhancements – because progress stops for no man.

After the apparent suicide of DR. LYDIA KINE – a Tyrell Corporation bioengineer – was determined to be a murder committed by a Replicant, LAPD DETECTIVE CAL MOREAUX tracked the presumed killer: a NEXUS 5 prototype. However, Cal later discovered that Kine had successfully transferred her psyche into the body of a Replicant called ASA.

The Nexus 5 has been "awakening" some Replicants, causing them to leave their positions of servitude in pursuit of autonomy. Cal has followed this trail of rebellion to Sector-6b, the slums of Los Angeles, once his home, where he learned the true identity of the escaped Nexus 5... his sister: NIA MOREAUX.

Desperate to atone for the wrongs he committed as Dr. Kine, Asa had followed once of these "awakened" Replicants, a murderous Nexus 4, to the slums in order to dispatch it. In his search for Nia, who is also looking for the deranged Nexus 4, Cal has arrived here too. Unfortunately for them all, ILORA STAHL is right on their tail...

Asa attempts to propose a strategy, but Cal refuses, due to Lydia transferring Nia's consciousness into the Nexus-5. Nia, realizing Asa is Lydia, attacks him, allowing the Nexus-4 Filip an opportunity at Moreaux. A violent confrontation ensues, during which Filip throws Moreaux into an apartment building. During a scuffle inside, Filip attempts to take Moreaux's eyes, but the detective defends himself with a nearby pipe, destroying part of Filip's face. In retaliation, Filip shoves Moreaux through several walls until Moreaux is able to clothesline Filip with a group of cables.

Meanwhile, Nia angrily pummels Asa with attacks until she is distracted by a young girl witnessing the brawl. Asa takes this opportunity to fight back and try to explain himself, stating that the transference experiment would end with them, having realized how dangerous it could be and that he was trying to make it right. After kicking Nia down a flight of stairs, he flees and finds Moreaux as Filip makes his flight.

Enraged, Moreaux strangles Asa because of Lydia's actions with his sister. However, he soon relents as Asa vows to be better than Lydia. The two agree to continue pursuing Filip, who they catch torturously attacking Nia. Moreaux attacks Filip and Asa then tackles the bloodthirsty replicant, sending him down through several balconies, eventually beheading him.

Moreaux reunited with his sister briefly before she goes after Nia once more at the slum marketplace. The confrontation is interrupted by a group of Tyrell spinners led by Stahl, with Marcus in tow. Tyrell personnel prepare to set the market ablaze.