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Blade Runner 2019 #5 (Titan Comics) Comic Review

    Ian Jane

  • Blade Runner 2019 #5 (Titan Comics) Comic Review

    Blade Runner 2019 #5 (Titan Comics) Comic Review
    Released by: Titan Comics
    Released on: December 18th, 2019.
    Written by: Michael Green, Mike Johnson
    Illustrated by: Andres Guinaldo
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    This first issue of the second story line in this ongoing series from Titan Comics starts here. Aahna 'Ash' Ashina has rescued Cleo Selwyen, the daughter of business mogul Alexander Selwyn, from a plot that meant to see her handed over to the Tyrell Corporation for genetic experimentation.

    This chapter takes place 'off world' in 2026. The internal narration of a Replicant tells us of the dangers of mining in an area of 'intense geothermic activity.' As we see an eruption destroy Replicant miners and equipment alike, so to do we see what happens next - rest, relaxation and sustenance. No one even really thinks about what happened, that's just the way it is here. The only thing that seems to produce any excitement among the group if the occasional visit from a boy known as The Rabbit who deals in contraband. After bickering with the group, Rabbit splits but once out of sight, a Replicant named Padraic offers him some shine (a mined gem) in exchange for a new pen.

    Rabbit makes it home where his wheelchair bound 'mother' offers some harrowing words. We learn that Rabbit can't reveal 'his' true identity to anyone, but that doing this contraband thing keeps them both alive. The mother, 'Ms Kady', realizes Rabbit has grown to an awkward phase - 'too young to survive alone, too old to fool anymore.' She comments to herself that it's time to let Rabbit 'have her name.' Meanwhile, Rabbit brings the pen to Padraic and they get to talking. Rabbit confesses that her real name is Cleo, while Padraic talks about the journal that he keeps. Just then, there's an attack.

    This issue is fantastic, alluding to very big things to come. It doesn't fill in all of the blanks as to what Ash (Kady) and Cleo (Rabbit) have been up to since the end of the fourth issue, in fact it fills in very few of them, but it leaves us wanting to know more - what they've been up to, how they wound up in this mining community, what their involvement may or may not have been with what appears to be a revolution of some sort going on. Green and Johnson offer us a lot to chew on here, and the story is suspenseful and has a great action-packed finale of a cliffhanger, the right mix of style and substance.

    Andres Guinaldo's artwork is, once again, excellent. There's a lot of detail in the line work of each and every panel, while Marco Lesko's coloring work enhances the quality of the illustrations. The whole look of this book is wonderfully moody and atmospheric and Guinaldo does a great job not just with the intense action scenes but with the quieter, character driven moments as well (which in many ways are even more important).

    This series has been consistently strong from the very first issue and it just keeps getting better. Oh, and a seriously great Paul Pope/Bruno Seelig cover doesn't hurt things either.

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