Excellent start to the series. Lays the groundwork for an exciting story arc.
Selwyn story line might not be best to introduce Ash as a protagonist
Rating ( 8.5 )
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Blade Runner 2019 #1 is the start of a new series published by Titan Comics. It’s set in Los Angeles in 2019, and follows the story of Ash, one of the most talented Blade Runners. This issue opens up with Ash interrogating and taunting an injured replicant. She explains to him that he has one of two options: he can use the knife she gave him on himself or she can take him to a friend to be dissected for parts. Ash views her offer as an act of mercy considering this replicant is responsible for murdering five people. Either way, she knows she will get paid for completing the job.
However, replicants are becoming more scarce so the work is not as lucrative as it once was. An opportunity presents itself when a request for her help comes from the higher ups. The request is to find the missing wife and daughter of Alexander Selwyn, the head of the Canaan Corporation. Even though Ash has unique talents as a detective, the fact that she has remained free from corruption appeals the most the Selwyn. His wife and daughter mysteriously disappeared after a birthday party but no news alert was sent out. Selwyn is concerned that if the news is made public it would only invite enemies to hunt for them. Can Ash locate them before it’s too late?
Ash is an intriguing character who appears to have some depth or, at the very least, will be entertaining in various predicaments. She’s known as the “honest” detective but she had no qualms toying with a homicidal replicant. So there’s an interesting backstory buried within the character. There’s also the potential for exciting situations as Ash scours the streets searching for Selwyn’s family. She comes off as authentic in the sense that she’s a product of this world but also her own person. I’m curious to see how the writers will explore the world through her experiences.
Blade Runner 2019 #1 is an exciting start to the series, laying the groundwork for interesting story threads. Ash is an intriguing character and I’m looking forward to seeing her in various situations. So far, I’m optimistic that this series will bring the Blade Runner world to life once again.