Blade Runner 2019 #9: Writer: Michael Green & Mike Johnson, Art: Andres Guinaldo, Color: Marco Lesko, Lettering: Jim Campbell, Editor: David Leach.
It is now 2026 and our favorite former Blade Runner Ashina is home again in Los Angeles. Seven long years have passed since Ash was last on Earth. Many things, people, and places have changed, but it is all still familiar in the darkness and rain that encases the city. Ash is back for one reason only.
Ash went off-world with Cleo in 2019. Cleo is the daughter of Isobel Selwyn and Alexander Selwyn, friend of Eldon Tyrell and an employee of Canaan Corp. The whole reason why Ash even saved the child is due to the fact Cleo was born with a rare mutation to the Fox-03 gene, which allows for a longer life expectancy. Isobel feared Selwyn was going to use Cleo for experimentation with respect to advancing replicants, so she fled with the child. As it turned out, this Isobel was not the human, but a Nexus-7 replicant gifted to Selwyn after the human Isobel's death in 2018. As a thank-you, Selwyn arranged to give the Tyrell Corporation full custody of Cleo. When Ash discovered the truth, she helped Isobel with saving Cleo from her father and Tyrell.
With Cleo back with Isobel in the off-world paradise that is Arcadia, Ash realizes she must stop this problem from going further. There was a reason why corporate Blade Runner Hythe betrayed Isobel and Ash. That reason is what brought Ash into the fold all of those years ago. Turning to old friends and old ways, Ash must maneuver through Los Angeles once more for old times' sake.
Andres Guinaldo and Marco Lesko bring back all of the Blade Runner vibes in this issue and it couldn't make me happier. I can hear Hans Zimmer's and Benjamin Wallfisch's scores when turning the pages. Guinaldo does not hold back when the action kicks into high gear in this issue. You genuinely become concerned for Ash and wonder how or if she'll get out of this predicament. Lesko does an amazing job of differentiating the worlds we step into in this issue, with specific color themes and tones. Lesko also did this in the last three-part series, but it is more pronounced here. We'll see how Ash fares on her mission in next month's issue and we'll undoubtedly have amazing panels to fawn over then as well.
Blade Runner 2019 #9 is published by Titan Comics and is on sale August 26, 2020.