- Writer: Mike Johnson
- Creative Consultants: K. Perkins, Mellow Brown, and Michael Green
- Artist: Andres Guinaldo
- Colorist: Marco Lesko
- Letterer: Jim Campbell
Thanks to Titan Comics for the review copy!
Blade Runner is one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, loosely based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (As an aside, if you haven’t read Dick’s stuff, I highly recommend it, if only to appreciate the sheer number of times his work has been adapted into movies). Blade Runner 2029 is an officially sanctioned story in the Blade Runner universe.
Knowledge of the movie isn’t necessary to enjoy this book, which is billed as a prequel. If you are unfamiliar with the source material, here’s what you need to know – corporations made robots that are nearly indistinguishable from humans called replicants. Replicants were made to do the nasty work that humans don’t like doing. As can be expected, that didn’t work out so well, so hunters called blade runners are charged with tracking the replicants down.
Aesthetically, this title fits right into the world established by the movie. The comic accurately captures the dark, rainy atmosphere. The buildings and vehicles feel like they’d fit right in with the movie. These little details go a long way to making the comic feel at home with the movie. It’s been a while since I saw the movie, but I think the comic also does a nice job of using the freedom of the medium to go big with action and vehicles that a special effects budget would struggle with. A large airship in particular stands out as something that both fits with the type of thing we’d see in the movie but on a much bigger scale. And if you like fighting and explosions, this title has plenty of that as well.
The plot also feels consistent with the universe established by the movie, while being original. Rick Deckard isn’t in this book. Instead the heroine is a blade runner named Ash. Moving from a movie to a comic provides the time to get a better feel for her as a character. I’m probably going to make people mad with this hot take, but Ash has more depth than Deckard. Her allegiances are more murky, which makes her decision making interestingly nuanced.
There is always a risk that adding adaptations to a classic will pale in comparison to the source. However, in this case, Blade Runner 2029 is a worthy addition to the Blade Runner canon. Fans of the original movie will definitely want to check this title out. If you haven’t seen the movie, the comic does a great job of introducing you to everything you need to know to understand and enjoy it.
Blade Runner 2029 is set for release on July 6th.
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