Review: Blade Runner 2019 #12
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Artists: Andres Guinaldo
Colors: Marco Lesko
Letters: Jim Campbell
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
After six years off-world, ex-Blade Runner Ash has returned to Los Angeles, but now the hunter has become the hunted. New story by Academy award-nominated screenwriter Michael Green (Blade Runner 2019, Logan) and co-writer Mike Johnson (Supergirl)
First, this story has ended too soon. Mike Johnson and Michael Green have found the right way to continue the Blade Runner franchise. Admittedly so as a reviewer, I am not sure at times if I am reading/watching a prequel or a sequel as the content is just that good.
This concluding issue of Blade Runner 2019 provides a climactic closure to this chapter in the Blade Runner saga. Andres Guinaldo‘s impeccable artwork immediately grabs your attention with its nostalgic nod to Eldon Tyrell’s replicant owl.
Writers Michael Green and Mike Johnson underpin their story with ambitious skill and craft, leaving their audience on a climactic knife-edge as Ash comes face-to-face with the man in question – Alexander Selwyn. The seeds he has planted provide that there will be continuity for the Blade Runner series in comics.
The artwork is superb. Andres Guinaldo captures the cinema of Blade Runner as well as develops the script he was provided. However, he fumbles on the penciling this issue with Ash looking more like she possesses a mullet rather than her usual coif.
But the wardrobe is all Blade Runner. Well done Andres on capturing the world of Blade Runner. To really add to a cult classic is a compliment in any medium and he has done so in this comic!
I love that the ending scenes were in the rain and at a noodle bar. That continuity is the thread that links the movies to the comics and beyond.
This chapter may be done, but Blade Runner 2029 is coming out soon!
Crickets are chirping as you need to check this out! This comic is breaking the rules a bit in expanding our knowledge of the Blade Runner universe. If you are a Pulp Noir fan or simply a Blade Runner fan, you should be on board with this Titan Comics entry.
This story line has been refreshing. As The Mandalorian breathed new life into Star Wars, Blade Runner 2019 has resuscitated this franchise!