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Blade Runner Origins #9 is the ninth issue of Blade Runner Origins.

Plot[]

"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.

LAPD DETECTIVE CAL MOREAUX has discovered that the suicide of DR. LYDIA KINE was actually an elaborate ruse constructed by the Tyrell Corp engineer so she could live freely as a Replicant named ASA. Dr. Kine's latest experiment – the escaped NEXUS 5 prototype – initially received the blame for her death, however Cal has discovered the truth – the identity of the Nexus 5's host consciousness: his sister, NIA MOREAUX.

More existentially advanced than the others, Nia has been "awakening" some Replicants in the slums of Los Angeles, causing them to leave their positions of servitude in pursuit of autonomy. Tyrell Corp executive, ILORA STAHL has been charged with overseeing Cal and the Nexus 5's capture, and she will stop at nothing to protect her job and the company's brand in spite of this chaos.

Asa has finally terminated the deranged Nexus 4 that's been terrorizing citizens and Replicants alike, but the score between he and Nia has yet to be fully settled. After realizing there's a greater threat at play in the form of Ilora Stahl, Cal, Asa, Nia, and a few loyal "awakened" Replicants have banded together to save the residents of Sector-6B from Ilora's rage-fueled destruction...
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A Nexus-3 who helps carry out the attack informs Stahl that the marketplace is nearly destroyed, but Stahl commands them to destroy the entire sector alongside any resistance. Meanwhile, Nia's group plans their response alongside Moreaux and Asa, deciding to evacuate the guard everyone in the slums, replicant and human alike. Nia takes Asa with her to eliminate Stahl's militia and sends her lover, Isaac, with her brother to go after Stahl.

Learning that Isaac had been with Nia since before she was a replicant, Moreaux offers to have a drink with Isaac after they complete the counter-attack. Stahl sees Moreaux and commands the militia to focus their fire on him. Marcus Kine helps Desiree and the rest of Nia's crew to protect and evacuate the slums' denizens. Pinned down by the militia's fire, Isaac offers to provide Moreaux with cover fire as he runs toward Stahl. Along the way, Isaac is fatally shot. Moreaux reaches Stahl just as she is leaving in a spinner.

After the attack, Nia shows Asa to a dying replicant crawling to another and points out that replicants were designed with feelings and emotions so that they can enjoy the enslavement they were created for. This, in turn, led to replicants desiring to rebel. Meanwhile, Marcus takes the injured Oliver to La Plume Sauvage, finding it in disarray. Knowing Marcus' role in the destruction, Divina decides to ban Marcus from the establishment.

Nia and Asa find Moreaux with Isaac's body. Nia cradles Isaac and cries a moment before requesting Asa's help in ending the conflict.

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