Blade Runner Origins #5
Written by K. Perkins and Mellow Brown
Art by Fernando Dagnino
Colors by Marco Lesko
Letters by Jim Campbell
The Rundown: Cal Moreaux continues his investigation into the rogue Replicant.
Cal tracks down a malfunctioning replicant. He and Asa manage to captures it can cause any harm. Later, the unusual cause of the glitch is discovered. And it forces Cal’s team to face some uncomfortable ideas. Afterwards, Cal has a revealing confrontation with Ilora Stahl. Finally, Cal meets an old friend at a secret location. He then finds himself in an unexpected situation.
The Story: This issue begins a new story-arc, and is the perfect entry point for those new to the series. I love the darkness and grit of the storytelling. In this episode, the underlying theme is humanity. The reader is forced to reconcile its nature as the Nexus replicants experience a form of consciousness. As Cal searches for the rogue, his encounters with replicants highlights man’s need to control and subjugate others. Conversely, Asa’s experience with Cal’s crew shows how the replicants struggle for understanding is very similar to humans. I appreciate the way Perkins and Brown take the time to really flesh out these characters. And I look forward to more of their adventures.
The Art: The illustrations in this issue have a noir feel. The color scheme and attention to detail perfectly match the tone of the story. Overall, I found this edition to be visually appealing and transportive.