Blade Runner: Origins #6 REVIEW: Cal's past brings unwelcome pain, a cacophony of clusters

Written by: K. Perkins and Mellow Brown, Art by: Fernando Dagnino, Colors by: Marco Lesko, Letters by: Jim Campbell.

What is going on in Blade Runner: Origins!? Who is the villain and who is the hero? What happened to Cal’s ill sister, Nia? Why exactly did Dr. Lydia turn herself into a Nexus 4 replicant? Where is the rogue Nexus 5 and why did it escape? So many questions swirl about in a cacophony of clusters when reading this series. Writers Mellow Brown and K. Perkins definitely put in tons of work into crafting this Blade Runner world that the Charlie Day “Pepe Sylvia” meme has to undeniably apply. There is so much happening in Blade Runner: Origins #6 that you need to make sure you dive into it with all the previous issues fresh in your mind.

Former LAPD Detective Cal Moreaux is searching for the experimental Nexus 5, a work in progress replicant that is more advanced than its predecessor in every way possible. Seems it would be easy for Cal to let this problem go as something for Tyrell Corp. to handle, but he’s left with no choice after realizing how much is on the line for himself and those closest to him. This brings Cal to a place in his past that he knows will not treat him with the same fondness he has for it.

Meanwhile, Marcus is still fighting to make sense of his sister Lydia’s actions. This subplot seems to largely be handled by K. Perkins, who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Perkins is able to intelligently and cleverly weave into the story a very difficult aspect of coming out to your loved ones as your true self. A part of you hopes they understand and accept you as you are unconditionally and without question or hesitation. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The way Perkins handles this in the vein of Blade Runner is surprising in the best of ways, and it still had me thinking about it a while later.

Blade Runner: Origins also has some great art and panel arrangements throughout the issue. Fernando Dagnino's art is forever coming through, and giving exuberant energy and life. Marco Lesko as the Colorist brings a personalized ambience to every location we are shown. Dagnino and Marco are a fantastic duo and their work is only further improving the story, rather than just being basic color and art. In truth, I have to give myself a little over a half hour to read each issue because I stare at their work: the character expressions, the minutia within the slightest movement, the arrangement of objects in and around the panel are all just fantastic. If you haven't checked this comic out yet, what are you waiting for?

Blade Runner Origins #6 is published by Titan Comics and released September 15th from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology


Ruth Kotsalos spent her Saturday mornings as a kid fully invested in Batman: The Animated Series. Since then, she has been a fan of all DC animated cartoons and movies. Ruth currently works in the nonprofit sector, has a masters degree from The New School, and lives in New Jersey with her husband John, and their German Shepherd puppy, Athena.

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