Witness the birth of the Blade Runner division in new Origins prequel

Blade Runner Origins #1
(Image credit: Titan Comics)

Return to the world of Blade Runner, with a new prequel series set 10 years before the first film in Titan Comics' Blade Runner Origins. 

(Image credit: Titan Comics)

Debuting in early 2021, the ongoing Blade Runner Origins comic book series will delve into the formation of the Blade Runner division - a police force tasked to track down replicants.

"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," reads Titan Comics' synopsis of Blade Runner Origins #1. "What he uncovers is a conspiracy of silence so deadly it could change the world as he knows it."

Blade Runner Origins is written by K. Perkins and Mellow Brown, with Blade Runner alum Mike Johnson co-writing the first issue with them. Their script will be drawn by Fernando Dagnino, whose work you can see in these character sketches for Cal Moreau and another character, Ilora.

"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," the synopsis concludes.

Here's a look at Blade Runner Origins #1 variant covers by Peach Momoko, Dagnino, Robert Hack, and Piotr Kowalski.

Blade Runner Origins #1 goes on sale February 24.

Blade Runner Origins will be Titan's second Blade Runner series, as a sequel set 20 years later titled Blade Runner 2029 launches in December.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)