REVIEW: Blade Runner 2039 #1 by Mike Johnson, Mellow Brown (W), Andres Guinaldo (A)

Last Updated on July 9, 2024

Following the stunning, action-packed run of Blade Runner 2029, we return to the seminal dystopian setting with Blade Runner 2039 and to be honest it feels like I never left—a lot of that thanks to the original creative team still being behind the wheel. In the ten years since the previous city, much in the crumbling dystopia has changed and little of it better for the inhabitants of future Los Angeles—especially the replicants. The blade runners are a fully organized force at this point, and their newest member is in fact a replicant herself: a cold, calculating and brutally efficient hunter named Luv created and designed to take down her own kind.

Blade Runner 2039 #1Blade Runner 2039 feels very much like a new chapter of the previous story, which itself feels like a piece of a larger whole that has been being built for the last few years, all of it expanding on the original Blade Runner universe and fleshing it out, expanding on the metaplot and history. If the original movie weren’t somehow immersive enough, Blade Runner 2039 and its various sister series so fully explore the world of the dark future it’s easy to find yourself getting lost in it.

As far as a first issue goes, Blade Runner 2039 #1 does everything a first issue needs to do: it sets the tone (bleak and gritty), it introduces us to some new characters and a some of the powers that be, it shows us that the world is still on a seemingly terminal track to an existential nightmare, and, right at the end we get a glimpse of some major connective tissue that ties it in to the previous Blade Runner comics that is very cool especially if you read and were a big fan of the previous series.

All in all, Blade Runner 2039 promises to be another exciting exploration of one of the coolest settings in pop culture history, and even with the first chapter is an engrossing story I can’t wait to read more of. Titan is seriously on the ball with their comic game lately, and Blade Runner 2039 is a prime example of what they can do and how they’re shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with. So, if you’re a fan of the original property or just want to sink your teeth into some hardboiled science fiction, Blade Runner 2039 comes highly recommended.

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Phoenix Reviews was a GdM reviewer between 2020-23 who loved graphic novels and comics. They have chosen to depart the internet in search of a happier life balance, and requested their profile be hidden.

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