Pullbox Reviews: Blade Runner Origins #1

Author(s): K. Perkins, Mellow Brown, Mike Johnson
Artist(s): Fernando Dagnino
Cover Artist(s): Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau (CVR A), Peach Momoko (CVR B), Fernando Dagnino (CVR C), Robert Hack (CVR D), Piotr Kowalski (CVR E), Blank Sketch (CVR F).

Enter the world of Blade Runner: 2009 and Discover the untold origins of the Blade Runners!
A Tyrell Corporation scientist is DEAD – the victim of an apparent suicide.
But when LAPD Detective Cal is called in to investigate, he uncovers secret documents revealing a new kind of replicant and a conspiracy that could change the world. FEATURES AN ALL-STAR CREATIVE TEAM including K. PERKINS (Supergirl), MELLOW BROWN (American Gods) plus Titan’s bestselling Blade Runner 2019 co-writer MIKE JOHNSON.

It’s hard to talk to a any kind of nerd in their 30s to their 60’s that doesn’t have a deep love for Blade Runner. We love the original film, the world, the comics, just about everything. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity to take a peek at the story of the first person to be called a Blade Runner.

The art is bea-uti-ful! Fernando Dagnino (pencils) and Marco Lesko (colors) are a great dynamic duo for interiors. Their use of colors, light, and dark adds so much to the experience of the book. There’s a scene early in the book where our main character, Moreaux, is traveling to his station house. They recreate the look of Ridley Scott’s classic world perfectly. From the distinct cityscape to the 1920’s look of the police station, it looks perfect. Top marks to the art team.

The story hit me on a different level. First I was a bit surprised to see three people with the writing credit. K.Perkins, Mellow Brown, and Mike Johnson all get a nod as the writer. I’m not sure how they split the writing duties, but it streams together well. The dialog flows well and as far as the first issue goes, it makes me want read the next issue. There is one aspect of the story that just seems like I’ve seen it before. Here’s the set-up: An important scientist at the Tyrell corporation is dead of what looks like an apparent suicided. Moreaux, a not well liked cop, is assigned the case and his investigation is being impeded by well-connected corporate executives. In the last pages of the issue, our hero learns that it might not be a suicide but in fact a (gasp) murder and that the newest model of replicate had gone missing. I liked a like about this book, but the story like seems pretty close (or identical) to Will Smith’s 2004 version of Isaac Asimov’s I Robot. I’m hoping it plays out different.

Score: 9/13

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