It’s raining today in the city of Toronto today – perfect weather for a Blade Runner fan.
There are plenty of people that really enjoyed Blade Runner2049 (2017), the visually-enticing film from director Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling. And there are more that absolutely loved that much-clamoured-for sequel to one of science fiction’s preeminent touchstone films, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982).
The original film was adapted from one of this columnist’s favourite writers, Philip K. Dick, and his 1968 novel, Nebula-Award nominee, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Blade Runner, the film, skewered slightly away from its original source material, but it carved its own niche in dystopian, existential, not-too-far-in-the-future, science fiction. And although both novel and film have seen themselves translated into comic book format over the decades, today’s release of Blade Runner 2019 is the first all-new Blade Runner that firmly exists in the cinematic universe, blazing brand new trails with brand new characters.
And, lucky for us, it’s a series that hearkens those things that make the Blade Runner universe so meaningful.
Blade Runner 2019 #1 is the first issue of a new, twelve-issue monthly series, published by Titan Comics. It’s written by Michael Green (scriptwriter of films Blade Runner 2049, Alien: Covenant), as well as Mike Johnson (Batman/Superman, Supergirl, Star Trek) and lavishly illustrated in a moody future-noir style by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America).
These guys know their science fiction and their comic books. Better yet, they know their Blade Runner.
Blade Runner 2019 takes place in the city of Los Angeles, in and around the same time period as Ridley Scott’s classic film. It’s a landscape full of dark possibility, where Ash, a veteran Blade Runner (a sort of bounty-hunter cop), is on a new case: searching for a billionaire’s wife and child, kidnapped by Replicants (outlaw androids posing as humans).
And if you know your Blade Runner – nothing is ever quite as it seems.
The creators of Blade Runner 2019 promise that the series will fall in cannon with the two cinematic films, and that those characters and situations will have meaning in this very series. That’s something to get excited about as fans can expect to see more Blade Runner in their very-near future!
It’s noir-detective sci-fi mixed with philosophical thoughts of identity and humanity!
Live out your dreams and make the run to your local comic book shop and pick up the very real Blade Runner 2019 #1 today!
Want more excitement? You can catch the Blade Runner 2019 comic book trailer directly below!