Titan Comics Announces ‘Blade Runner 2039’ And The Last Chapter Of Ash’s Story

by Olly MacNamee

Blade Runner 2039 is the latest chapter in the expanding Blade Runner universe from Titan Comics and Alcon Publishing. Aahna “Ash” Ashina returns in this new 12-issue series which is being touted as the final chapter in this decades-spanning franchise and which began in 2019 with Blade Runner 2019 and continued in Blade Runner 2029.

Cover by Junggeun Yoon

Writer Mike Johnson (Supergirl, Star Trek), artist Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark), and colorist Marco Lesko, all return to this third instalment with Titan Comics Senior Creative Editor, David Leach having this to say about the new series:

“This new series marks both the continuation as well as the conclusion of Ash’s story, which started in Blade Runner 2019. It’s going to be the most dramatic of the series, and that’s saying a lot after what went down in Blade Runner 2029!It’s great to be working with Johnson, Guinaldo and Lesko again, these guys are what makes it scream Blade Runner!”

Cover by Veronica Fish

Alcon’s director of publishing, Jeff Conner added:

“It’s refreshing to have a comic character to grow and evolve the way Ash has. Mike and Andres are really doing something special. Fans of the series should be very pleased.”

Cover by Butch Guice

And now for the official synopsis:

“Los Angeles 2039. It has been three years since Niander Wallace introduced his brand of ‘perfectly obedient’ Replicants, and the ban on synthetic humans has been lifted, at least for the new Wallace models―the older Tyrell Corp’s Nexus 8 units are still hunted by Blade Runners. Cleo Selwyn, first seen as a small child in BR2019, Issue #1, has returned to L.A. some twenty years later, searching for Isobel, a Replicant copy of her real mother who died when she was three. Cleo believes that Niander Wallace is holding Isobel captive, and the only person she can call on for help is the one who saved her so many years ago: Aahna ‘Ash’ Ashina, now an aging and disgraced ex-Blade Runner.”

Blade Runner 2039 #1 comes with four variant covers to collect by artists Junggeun Yoon, Veronica Fish, and Butch Guice, as well as a concept art cover by art cover by Syd Mead, the renowned “futurist” designer responsible visualizing much of the Blade Runner world.

Cover by Syd Mead

Blade Runner 2039 #1 will be out this December 2022 from Titan Comics

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