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Travel to the world of Blade Runner 2009 and discover the origins of the BLADE RUNNER DIVISION. When a Tyrell Corporation scientist working on an experimental new type of Replicant is discovered dead in her laboratory, the victim of an apparent suicide, LAPD detective CAL MOREAU is called in to investigate. What he uncovers is a conspiracy of silence so deadly it could chan Travel to the world of Blade Runner 2009 and discover the origins of the BLADE RUNNER DIVISION. When a Tyrell Corporation scientist working on an experimental new type of Replicant is discovered dead in her laboratory, the victim of an apparent suicide, LAPD detective CAL MOREAU is called in to investigate. What he uncovers is a conspiracy of silence so deadly it could change the world as he knows it. Set ten years before the events of the first Blade Runner film, this is the world on the cusp of environmental collapse, and the beginning of the mass Off-world migration to the Off-world colonies. Through its rain-soaked streets, LAPD Detective CAL MOREAU, a PTSD sufferer, must travel as he attempts to unravel the truth behind a seemingly routine suicide that soon reveals itself to be just the thin end of a vast conspiracy, one that runs to the very top of the Tyrell Corporation tower.


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Travel to the world of Blade Runner 2009 and discover the origins of the BLADE RUNNER DIVISION. When a Tyrell Corporation scientist working on an experimental new type of Replicant is discovered dead in her laboratory, the victim of an apparent suicide, LAPD detective CAL MOREAU is called in to investigate. What he uncovers is a conspiracy of silence so deadly it could chan Travel to the world of Blade Runner 2009 and discover the origins of the BLADE RUNNER DIVISION. When a Tyrell Corporation scientist working on an experimental new type of Replicant is discovered dead in her laboratory, the victim of an apparent suicide, LAPD detective CAL MOREAU is called in to investigate. What he uncovers is a conspiracy of silence so deadly it could change the world as he knows it. Set ten years before the events of the first Blade Runner film, this is the world on the cusp of environmental collapse, and the beginning of the mass Off-world migration to the Off-world colonies. Through its rain-soaked streets, LAPD Detective CAL MOREAU, a PTSD sufferer, must travel as he attempts to unravel the truth behind a seemingly routine suicide that soon reveals itself to be just the thin end of a vast conspiracy, one that runs to the very top of the Tyrell Corporation tower.

30 review for Blade Runner: Origins, Vol. 1: Products

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Just another excellent BLADE RUNNER title. What a time to be alive!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    The classic science fiction film Blade Runner has spawned quite few graphic novel spin offs recently. I enjoyed all three volumes of Blade Runner 2019 & the first volume of Blade Runner 2029 was very promising. Now we have a new story with Blade Runner: Origins. So, what went wrong ? This prequel sees the birth of the Blade Runner department & presents us with a collection of new characters. Sadly I couldn't engage with any of the characters or the plot. The two star rating I have given is for th The classic science fiction film Blade Runner has spawned quite few graphic novel spin offs recently. I enjoyed all three volumes of Blade Runner 2019 & the first volume of Blade Runner 2029 was very promising. Now we have a new story with Blade Runner: Origins. So, what went wrong ? This prequel sees the birth of the Blade Runner department & presents us with a collection of new characters. Sadly I couldn't engage with any of the characters or the plot. The two star rating I have given is for the artwork alone, as the story & characterisations are pretty lacklustre. Hopefully other people will enjoy this graphic novel, but it had little to keep my attention. Perhaps there are now too many Blade Runner stories in print. It's a little like releasing too many Star Wars films in a short space of time & you end up with the hugely disappointing Solo. Too many Blade Runner spin offs seem to have evoked the law of diminishing returns.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    It's not a Blade Runner volume if there's not an individual holding a gun on the cover. I'm not sure that consistency is critical to my appreciation of the series (probably the opposite, really), but this first volume in the Origins prequel series continues the Blade Runner trend of noir detective tales told simply and compellingly. There's no Ash in Products, so we instead follow former Off-World soldier, current L.A. cop Cal. He's one of several white-haired characters in this volume, which lea It's not a Blade Runner volume if there's not an individual holding a gun on the cover. I'm not sure that consistency is critical to my appreciation of the series (probably the opposite, really), but this first volume in the Origins prequel series continues the Blade Runner trend of noir detective tales told simply and compellingly. There's no Ash in Products, so we instead follow former Off-World soldier, current L.A. cop Cal. He's one of several white-haired characters in this volume, which leads me to my primary complaint with Products - the characters are difficult to tell apart, even with above average artwork. Introductions are perfunctory and first names are rarely used. Products (and perhaps the whole Origins series) is far more plot-focused than the character-driven, atmospheric 2019 series. That's not a bad thing, since the plot is pretty interesting here. The Tyrell scientist working on an experimental replicant has "committed suicide" and Cal is assigned the case. It's an obvious setup, though it's unclear why Cal deserves to take the fall. The scientist's brother and close friend help/hinder Cal's investigation ((view spoiler)[as well as the scientist herself, who seems to have migrated into a male replicant body - again with white hair (hide spoiler)] ). The experimental replicant on the loose seems to be fodder for future volumes - all of which I'm of course looking forward to. These Blade Runner comics continue to be the gold standard when it comes to expanding a film universe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zare

    Unlike BladeRunner 2019 this story arc does not have that feeling of completeness. Starting years before Ash we follow our detective Cal Moreau as he tries to solve the mysterious case of suicide of one of Tyrell Corp highest ranking scientists working on Nexus 5 Replicant product line. What starts as a suicide slowly (and I mean slowly) evolves into something more sinister and soon we find Cal trying to stay alive and evade Tyrell Corp security people. Problem with this book is that it is not ... Unlike BladeRunner 2019 this story arc does not have that feeling of completeness. Starting years before Ash we follow our detective Cal Moreau as he tries to solve the mysterious case of suicide of one of Tyrell Corp highest ranking scientists working on Nexus 5 Replicant product line. What starts as a suicide slowly (and I mean slowly) evolves into something more sinister and soon we find Cal trying to stay alive and evade Tyrell Corp security people. Problem with this book is that it is not ..... relaxed would be a word. I haven't read a book so tense, teeth grinding and constantly on the verge of scream and agony - and for no reason whatsoever. At least reason cannot be discerned from the book itself. There are flashbacks for Cal's past and some twist and turns but they all seem half-baked, no conclusion in them - what do they mean, what is their importance? Hopefully story will get better defined in volume #2. All in all interesting read, but in need of some story-wise polishing. Art is good, giving same look and feel as 2019 story line. You definitely feel you are reading about same futuristic world in these two books. Recommended to fans of noir and SF. Only beware, this book is more like a warm-up for what is to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    Wait, that's it? The story ends right when it actually seems to be going somewhere, after 100 pages of meandering character introductions and unsatisfying mysteries. I'm not exactly sure why, but it really didn't feel like Blade Runner to me. Maybe I read it too quickly? But none of the characters connected; the action was occasionally confusing because the characters didn't feel very distinct, and while the art did set the scene (there are some beautiful landscape panels especially), to me if c Wait, that's it? The story ends right when it actually seems to be going somewhere, after 100 pages of meandering character introductions and unsatisfying mysteries. I'm not exactly sure why, but it really didn't feel like Blade Runner to me. Maybe I read it too quickly? But none of the characters connected; the action was occasionally confusing because the characters didn't feel very distinct, and while the art did set the scene (there are some beautiful landscape panels especially), to me if came off like half-baked fan fiction. Maybe if I reread it, or read the next volume I'd get a little more out of it, but I spent the whole book waiting for things to happen, only to be left with a practical cliffhanger. Maybe it's that I didn't really connect the central conceit to being something that was a required prerequisite for the later stories, and that's why it didn't connect. Other Blade Runner fans will probably get more out of it than I did. But this is definitely not an entry point into the world.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Hmmm 🤔 - not really sure what to make of this take on the Blade Runner universe. It doesn’t feel as strong or as compelling as the 2019/2029 books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joey Nardinelli

    Thought this would be a one-volume story but it spirals off into a pretty unsatisfying “to be continued” structure at the end. Kind of like the Alien universe, the expansion of the Blade Runner universe seems stuck in a rut that this story tries to break out of be taking these issues of identity and really asking “what does it mean when programmed memories allow total identity transference to a replicant?” It’s a thought-provoking idea not sufficiently addressed here. The existence of the Nexus Thought this would be a one-volume story but it spirals off into a pretty unsatisfying “to be continued” structure at the end. Kind of like the Alien universe, the expansion of the Blade Runner universe seems stuck in a rut that this story tries to break out of be taking these issues of identity and really asking “what does it mean when programmed memories allow total identity transference to a replicant?” It’s a thought-provoking idea not sufficiently addressed here. The existence of the Nexus 4 and 5 are teased but otherwise I’m not sure we’ve seen them. I think Villeneuve set the high bar for taking the story beats of the original film and updating them with a lot of attention to the quality of the story and works building. 2049, ultimately, this is not. Never a great sign when you spend nearly a hundred pages with a central character (Marcus) and can only infer a few things about their past. Hopefully that’s thematically relevant in a future volume.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael J.

    Surprisingly, this series has been less popular with reviewers than the other BLADE RUNNER offerings from Titan Comics. For me, this is the series that grabs my interest, from the characters, the storyline, and the atmospheric art. This takes place ten years before the events of the BLADE RUNNER film, and relates the early days of the Tyrell Corporation into the Nexus phase of robot/android development. The alleged suicide of a Tyrell bioengineer brings detective Cal Moreaux into the investigat Surprisingly, this series has been less popular with reviewers than the other BLADE RUNNER offerings from Titan Comics. For me, this is the series that grabs my interest, from the characters, the storyline, and the atmospheric art. This takes place ten years before the events of the BLADE RUNNER film, and relates the early days of the Tyrell Corporation into the Nexus phase of robot/android development. The alleged suicide of a Tyrell bioengineer brings detective Cal Moreaux into the investigation. His work reveals a cover-up and a murder committed by a Nexus 5 prototype. This first story arc is a well-written introduction to the continuing story, and holds a lot of promise for great things to come.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David

    Poorly executed. The plot, and it's a pretty loose and dodgy plot, centers on a dead scientist who may have transferred her memories (or her consciousness?) to a replicant. There is a lot of potential there, but this book doesn't do much with it. Mostly, this is full of stock Bladerunner footage; lots of rainy days and nights, foot chases, and flying cars set amongst an architectural background of mixed squalor and mega structures. The dialogue is sparse and lackluster. The story is badly handle Poorly executed. The plot, and it's a pretty loose and dodgy plot, centers on a dead scientist who may have transferred her memories (or her consciousness?) to a replicant. There is a lot of potential there, but this book doesn't do much with it. Mostly, this is full of stock Bladerunner footage; lots of rainy days and nights, foot chases, and flying cars set amongst an architectural background of mixed squalor and mega structures. The dialogue is sparse and lackluster. The story is badly handled. The art is good enough, but doesn't save the book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vegan Jon

    Good stuff. After the 2019 - 2029 series we now have 2009. Loving it. The artwork is lush and the colours neon and apt. The story is very good and all adding to a worthy canon.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarospice

    Titan makes it very easy to enter the world of blade runner again and this story has great atmosphere and characterization. One of my favorite series right now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Not as strong as other Titan BR comics, but still worth a look for those that dig the universe.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dale Hudson

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ian Dixon

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Neo

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  17. 5 out of 5

    Remy's Dad

  18. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ilia Epifanov

  21. 5 out of 5

    Juha

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Hillman

  23. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dom Mooney

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darby

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adelina Esquibel

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Williams

  28. 4 out of 5

    Periklis

  29. 5 out of 5

    David

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

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