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Blade Runner 2019, Vol. 1: Los Angeles

(Blade Runner 2019 #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  727 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Return to the original world of Blade Runner 2019.

Welcome to the rain soaked world of Los Angeles 2019 - a dystopic world of Replicants, Spinners and hardboiled future noir. There's a new Blade Runner in town, and she's out for blood. Replicant blood.

This officially sanctioned sequel comic to the original Blade Runner film is written by Michael Green, the screenwriter of B
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Paperback, 114 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Titan Comics
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Kevin Kelsey
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Quality movie tie-ins are rare, and I’m extremely pleased to say that this is one of the best I’ve read. A lot of tie-ins skimp on the artwork — Expanse: Origins, I’m looking at you — but this series, thankfully, understands just how pivotal and elemental the visuals of Blade Runner have been to every story told in this universe. The original 1982 film set the scene, the brilliant point-and-click 1997 video game produced by Westwood Studios showed the darker corners, Villenueve’s striking sequel ...more
Bill Lynas
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first read this graphic novel in December 2019, & decided I needed to reread it before starting the next part of the story which was published this month.
I remembered the artwork being excellent, but was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed the story even more a second time around & upped my rating.
It's great to see the Blade Runner story continue, & a graphic novel is the perfect format to give it justice.
My original review, from 2019, is below.

In 2019 Los Angeles detective Aahna "Ash" Ashina
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Lata
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gritty and grim, a new story in this future/present has Blade Runner Aahna ‘Ash’ Ashino investigating the case of a missing mother and daughter. Not her usual sort of case, but when the head of a corp “employs” you.....
Ash finds out that Alexander Selwyn (corp guy) is a buddy of Tyrell’s and they both seem to want the girl recovered, and not just cuz she’s a minor in danger.
This LA has replicants living throughout the lower parts of the city, and Ash goes through them and anyone else in her way
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Tiag⊗
Blade Runner 2019 is the new entry on the world created by Philip K. Dick, starring a cool new lead named Ash, and it promises to become one of the coolest titles of Titan Comics, but the story on this first volume was done too much by the numbers for me to give it that much praise, the mystery was too predictable, but I loved the ride nonetheless, the world and the atmosphere feels pure Blade Runner, and the narration is cool, so I'm sure this will only get better after this. I read this while ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great return to the world of the original Blade Runner film. The art is stylish, expanding the horizons just enough. In particular, I liked the idea of the border crossing, which suggests quite a lot but leaves plenty of mystery. I wondered if that scene was a nod to Denis Villeneuve and Sicario. I also like the main character, who is not simply another Deckard. She has her own interesting history and struggles, which make her see the same world in a slightly different way.

The main plo
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James DeSantis
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoa this was really good.

So if seen Blade Runner movies (both are great, I'd say the newer one even better than the original TBH) then you need to check this out. It's the same gritty cyberpunk feel of those movies. We follow a character name Ash as she's trying to solve a mystery of why a mother has taken a child away from her father. Of course as we get deeper into the story things get darker and more fucked up with plenty of twist and turns.

This is a great action/mystery story with a solid
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Mark
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
With Ridley Scott we got some classic movies one of the them being "Blade Runner" which gave us Rutger Hauer as a Replicant being hunted by the Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and he stole the sun from Ford in his immortal performance that showed the inhumanity through the eyes of creature created by mankind to do the heavy lifting and war, basically slaves without any rights. With Blade Runner 2049 we got a further look into the universe of the Replicant who are by far more interestin ...more
Alexander Peterhans
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not bad at all. Good art, too.
Khurram
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the first volume of the series. Good artwork and good story. I would have liked a bit more action, but this is a great start to the series.

I liked Ash's character, it always interesting to have a character that is an out cast from both side. I have always liked the old lone wolf private detectives. Most of whom started out as police. There is a lot of story to explore on Ash's peraon and professional history. On the artistic side something I did like was Ash's injuries were kept for th
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Logan
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this volume of this new Blade Runner series! This comic really captures the cyberpunk atmosphere of the films. The main character Ash is a cool character and it made me want to see her live through to the end. The artwork could be better, but otherwise, this was a good first volume!
Amanja
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon
RG
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5* Amazing art but story doesnt amaze as much
Andrew
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The artwork is stunning - true to the Blade Runner universe.

The story is captivating and Vol. 1 ends at a very interesting point. Gives us a quick peek into the next issue but does not reveal anything.

'Ash' is only getting better with every issue, from a regular blade runner in #Issue 1 to a complete badass in #Issue 4.




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Sara
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Picked this up on a whim and am very happy I did. Aahna is a great character, and the world building is balanced perfectly between familiar territory and new material. Just great. Hope this gets an adaption.
Diz
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This graphic novel presents an original story with a new set of characters in the Blade Runner setting. The creators are able to portray the cyberpunk world well, and the story has a few twists that also make this feel like it belongs in the Blade Runner world.
Michelle Morrell
A Blade Runner in the year 2019 accepts a commission to find a missing woman and her daughter. Of course, it's never quite that simple.

All that you would expect from the franchise, hard boiled noir, cyberpunk styling, crises of conscience. A worthy addition to the canon.

Read through Hoopla.
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Robert
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla
Extraordinary. Ash is a great variation on Deckard, and can’t wait to continue the story in Vol. 2.
Daniel
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful art and a good story, all you can ask for in a graphic novel.
Andrew
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a sucker for blade runner - right from the first time I saw the original film on its first ever UK TV airing - I was enthralled.

And so years later I always eager to read and watch stories which add to the whole universe - from the next film to the novelisations and now to the graphic novels. I think I am fascinated as much by the world the characters inhabit as much as the characters themselves (who cannot recognise the Syd Mead spinners which to this day are still as iconic
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Andrew
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Blade Runner 2019, Vol. 1: Los Angeles, by Michael Green, is a Blade Runner prequel starring Ash, a Blade Runner who hunts androids for a living, selling there parts on the side for money. She is very good at her job, so good in fact that work has slowed right down. In the meantime, she is contacted by a powerful CEO and friend of Tyrell, who tasks her with finding his lost wife and daughter. Things are not what they seem, however, and Ash must get to the bottom of the issue, as her loyalties sh ...more
Evans Light
Beautifully written and illustrated, can't wait for Volume 2. ...more
Cale
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant surprise. This volume manages to nail the tone and themes of Blade Runner, in a manner that is in keeping with the original movie and also manages to frame the themes in a very timely manner. We have another Blade Runner with a secret sent to investigate a case that is supposedly a missing persons situation but ends up related to her focus. Tyrell shows up prominently, and themes of Corporates standing above the law, class issues between the workers and the upper-crust, and c ...more
David Agranoff
As I sat down to read this, I was kinda hoping that the story would unfold and I would hear the Vangelis soundtrack in my head. That I would see the outdated yet still amazing Special effects and I would feel like I was watching a Blade Runner movie. It is hard to talk about this book without spoilers so let’s start by saying I think fans of the movie who like comics will enjoy this side story that happens in the same city and year as Rick Deckard’s story.

Co-written by DC comics veteran Michael
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Dakota Morgan
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent noir in the Blade Runner milieu. Ash, a (secretly) broken Blade Runner, takes up the case of a missing wife and daughter. The gazillionaire husband and the powerful Tyrel corporation might have ulterior motives for reuniting the family. As Ash digs deeper, she deals with shady body part dealers, corrupt police officers, and, of course, Replicants.

The art perfectly matches the Blade Runner films: gloomy, damp, and harsh. The storytelling is less obtuse than the movies, which is a plus.
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Dimitris Papastergiou
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
It was ok!

Kinda interesting at first and well, I tried to like it, but it was a mediocre story with an ok artwork and forgettable overall.

Gonna read and continue the whole thing but not seeing much happening or getting any better.
Florin Pitea
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice plot. Good graphics. A bit too sunny and bright, here and there, for a world whose climate is supposedly broken beyond repair. Recommended.
Adriana
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting start to a new series based in the Blade Runner universe. Will keep an eye out for the next volume.
Michal Sventek
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Meh.

The story is interesting, but nothing beyond average. I'll probably just stick with the movies.

3/5
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Brian
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Blade Runner universe seems like a perfect fit for a graphic novel, since so much of it--in the good version, anyway--relied on visuals with no dialogue or narration, but going in I was worried that this would be to Blade Runner what Rogue One was to the Star Wars universe, afraid to stand on its own feet without constant references to its predecessors. Fortunately, Green realizes that the Blade Runner universe is large enough that it can contain multiple stories that don't all need to conne ...more
Josh
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Had too high of expectations cause its, well, Blade Runner. The art didn't really convey the fantastic atmosphere of BR. But I'll def read the next one. ...more
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Michael Green is an American television and film writer, as well as a comic book scripter. Green grew up in Mamaroneck, New York.

Green has been a contributor for Superman/Batman. He will also co-write a Green Lantern movie with Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, set for release in 2011. He wrote the six-issue story arc "Lovers and Madmen" for Batman Confidential.
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