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A gripping drama, the latest issue of "Blade Runner 2019" leaves you on the edge of your seat

Writer: Michael Green & Mike Johnson, Art: Andres Guinaldo, Color: Marco Lesko, Lettering: Jim Campbell, Editor: David Leach.

"Blade Runner 2019 #7" Cover A art by John McCrea

Michael Green and Mike Johnson return with an all-new issue in the second arc of the Blade Runner 2019 comic series. To catch you up a bit, (first arc SPOILER ALERT) former Blade Runner Ash fled with Cleo Selwyn to an Off-World Colony mining rig. There, the pair came up with new lives and aliases. Cleo became Ian Kady, the young son of Darja Kady (Ash). Cleo is referred to by the rig's replicants as "Rabbit" for his ability to get them illegal wares. In the melee of the rig's attack by the Nexus rebels in issue #5, Cleo and Ash are separated from one another. The rig is destroyed and Cleo believes Ash to be dead. However, she is actually the only survivor and present-day Blade Runner Hythe takes possession of her. Hythe knows right away who Darja Kady truly is and gives her an ultimatum to either help Hythe or not. Ash takes the offer, but not without her own reasons for doing so. She's run for far too long and she's tired. It's not an option anymore.

Issue #7 jumps back and forth between the recent present and path as the rebel replicants continue with their agenda while Blade Runner Hythe and Ash hunt them down. Colorist Marco Lesko doesn't do too much to distinguish between these timelines. Instead, Lesko focuses on the environments and giving each its own color palette and tone. This gives you the feeling that Hythe and Ash are physically present with the replicants where they have already come and gone.

interior art by Andres Guinaldo

I also like the cool blue tones he gives to the environments where the story is all about business, straightforward and to the point for information and action. He contrasts this with warm tones in personable moments. Artist Andres Guinaldo ferociously rips into detail when it comes to the action. He doesn't hold back on showing the damage and destruction, but I think he could show a bit more of the gore much like in issue #1. Even the smallest of panels have painstaking detail that Lesko comes in and fantastically fills with rich shadows, deep hues, and vibrant shots from weapons. All of this work is credited to a captivating story by Green & Johnson. Blade Runner 2019 #7 reads like to true drama. It's practically a movie and I can't wait for the next issue to continue from where this cliffhanger of a thriller stops.

Blade Runner 2019 #7 is published by Titan Comics and is on sale March 18, 2020.

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