Want to read the first 4 issues of Blade Runner 2029, but you don’t want to worry about posing and picking up individual comics? Good, Meeting is the solution for you.
Blade Runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion is a graphic novel bringing together the first 4 issues of Blade Runner 2029 comics in one easy-to-read volume. Mike Johnson is the author of this graphic novel. Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, Logan, Murder on the Orient Express) is the creative consultant and co-author. Andres Guinaldo is the artist. Finally, Marco Lesko and Jim Campbell are respectively the colourist and the letterer. Oh, and Titan Comics is the publisher of this graphic novel, as they were for the comics.
Blade runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion goes on sale July 6, 2021. You can get hardcover copies of this graphic novel at your local comic book store. Or, if the digital version is fine for you, you can get it on Amazon for ComiXology or Kindle. The one you want.
Warning: spoilers for Blade runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion and by extension Blade Runner 2029 # 1-4 below. If you are interested in reading the prequel to Blade Runner 2049, stop here and come back once you’ve passed the Voight-Kampff test.
Blade Runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion ~ Plot summary
Be a collection of the first 4 Blade Runner 2029 comics, the graphic novel shares the exact same story. The story begins 12 years before the present day in 2017, when an escaped replicant named Yotun just wanted to disappear. Indeed, he finds someone who can make him disappear. Unfortunately for him, this person literally meant it, with a Blade Runner named Ash lying in wait. Lucky for him, he’s much stronger and faster than either of them expected. Someone pays the ultimate price, Ash is injured and Yotun escapes; stopping only to tell Ash that to tell her bosses that a replicant had beaten her and had shown pity.
Fast forward 12 years later to 2029, Ash is still a Blade Runner. However, Ash is now the one to save innocent replicants from death, helping them disappear with new identities, in a complete reversal of his previous attitude. Additionally, Ash now has a replicating girlfriend named Freysa, who serves as a deuteragonist. However, Ash’s job is never done, as evidenced by the fact that a replicant is working on the local dike. Ash shows up at the site, pursues a running worker, then said worker jumps to his death with the farewell words of “Yotun redeems.” ”
With these words in mind, Ash digs deeper into the mystery here. The mystery only deepens when the “Replicant” who committed suicide turns out to be fully human. Or at least, doesn’t have a serial number. Which means it is either a human or a replicant born in the womb. Meanwhile, a replicating servant murders his employer / master and gouges out one eye. Why? Well that’s later in Blade Runner 2029.
Ash discovers another lead in a secret replicant club that she enjoys visiting: a redheaded woman. She tries to follow her, but the redhead escapes, but not before leaving a clue behind her that leads to her apartment. Ash’s rabbit hole ends with the redhead following her to her own apartment, where she then knocks Ash down, throws her in a Spinner, and flies off with Freysa needlessly screaming at the Spinner. Ash wakes up strapped to a chair where Yotun’s replicating friend is giving her monologues. Later, a rescued Replicant Ash tries to free her, but dies from a bullet to the head before he can do so.
Meanwhile, the missing eye becomes necessary for Yotun and a group of his sidekicks. They use that cut eye to enter an airship filled with Los Angeles’ wealthy elite. They hijack the airship, use it to destroy the sea wall, then kill everyone inside. Why? Revolution, of course. And so ends Blade Runner 2029 Flight. 1: Reunion. To find out what happens next, read the Blade Runner 2029 # 5.
Blade Runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion ~ The Good
Blade Runner 2029 is the prequel comic to Blade Runner 2049, and it’s just as good. The comic does full justice to the universe and is fairly faithful to the source material. The story really does make it seem like it could have come straight out of the movies.
The artwork is fantastic. There is a dark, grainy feel that is just as faithful to the movies. The way light sources produce almost blinding flashes of light is also reminiscent of movies. You can practically hear the soundtrack of the original 1982 film playing in the background.
The characters are also quite interesting. Ash herself is one of the most interesting, being a Blade Runner who is also technically a traitor to her organization helping innocent replicants escape. His romantic relationship with Replicant Freysa is also a nice touch and provides a believable explanation for the heel-to-face turn even without any formal explanation. The importance that Freysa has for the story itself is also a nice touch, allowing her to become a strong deuteragonist. In addition, it is a youri story between the 2, so it brings me a plus as youri fan.
Finally, specific to Blade Runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion: Collecting the first 4 comics into one graphic novel makes the whole story easier to read. There is a seamless transition between issues, so you can’t tell where one issue ends and another begins. Hopefully the next 4 issues will also receive a similar treatment.
Blade Runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion ~ The bad
I really can’t think of anything wrong to say about Blade Runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion. I must be really nitpicking here. I wish it was longer? Like, maybe Titan Comics should have waited until the end of the comic book series before putting them all together into one graphic novel? Then again, we don’t know how long the comic book series will last. If they had, it might have resulted in the door of a graphic novel being blocked. I wouldn’t mind, but I guess they thought maybe it was too much.
Blade Runner 2029 Vol. 1: Reunion by Titan Comics brings together the first 4 issues of Blade Runner 2029 in one practical graphic novel. Want to read those comic book issues without having to constantly switch between issues? Or haven’t you read this before and want to read the comic book prequel to the 2017 sequel to one of the greatest sci-fi / cyberpunk movies of all time? Then this could be the graphic novel for you.
Source: Titan Comics