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Rai #1 - Welcome to New Japan. Review

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In the future, Japan is a relatively peaceful place, until the first murder in 1,000 years happens.

The Good

As far as first issues go, RAI #1 is eye candy. Not to take anything away from the writing of Matt Kindt, but Clayton Crain's art is truly wonderful on this book. RAI has a very cinematic look and feel and will remind science fiction fans of Bladerunner, with the way the city looks and feels. His color work here is where his art truly shines. His shading and palate are perfect for this issue.

This book feels so cinematic not only because of how Crain drew it but also because of writer Matt Kindt's pacing and panel set-ups. There are certain scenes that just emanate suspense, like the scene where Rai confronts Spylocke and it cuts to a panel a Spylocke's back with two guns sticking out. It's a moment that leaves the reader wondering, "is it about to go down?"

Kindt sets up this issue as a murder mystery, while showing the reader what the different sectors of Japan are like, while trying to find out what's going on in this new world. The reader will feel right there with Rai as he does his best to figure out what's going on.

Rai is a bit flat, but it makes sense. Rai is more of a myth or urban legend to most people. They have no clue he exists because he stays with The Father unless something big is going down. Rai isn't a totally awesome and tough character like Punisher. He's very robotic and plain, but the reader sees more of a personality pop up as Rai experiences things in the real world. He's a very interesting character.

The Bad

Because it's a completely new world, there's lots of new concepts, and it's a lot to take in. Reading RAI #1 can, at times, get confusing and readers may spend a bit more time on each page trying to understand the way this world works. The idea of PTs is explained incredibly well, but Raddies and Constables... not so much. The Reader will have to piece some concepts together themselves, which also leaves a lot of questions.

The Verdict

RAI is off to a killer start. It's wildly different than expected, in the best way possible. RAI reads more as a science fiction mystery than anything else, and while it's a giant leap away from the rest of Valiant's books, it still feels like it fits in the Valiant universe, but far, far in the future. Matt Kindt is crafting a very cool book, and while, at times, all these new concepts can get a bit confusing, since not all of them are explained enough to the reader, the overall book has this fantastic, cinematic feel. The highlight of the issue truly is Clayton Crain's artwork and colors. This is a book you really need to check out. Never read a Valiant book before? Don't worry, any new reader can jump on and feel right at home. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

21 Comments
Posted by Nahuel

Great! Picking it up soon I hope.

That art is GLORIOUS

Edited by Cap10nate

Great read. Read through the story once and then looked through it again just to fully appreciate the art.

Posted by fallbrigade

Damn, kinda wish I had gotten this today.

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

The art is amazing and I really enjoyed this start of the series a lot.

Posted by Extremis

Why did they make it "Father" instead of "Grandmother"? I thought that was an unnecessary change. I guess even two millennia from now, it's still a man's world -.-

Posted by inferiorego

@extremis said:

I guess even two millennia from now, it's still a man's world -.-

but it wouldn't be nothin'

NOTHIN'

without a woman or a girl

Staff
Edited by Extremis

@extremis said:

I guess even two millennia from now, it's still a man's world -.-

but it wouldn't be nothin'

NOTHIN'

without a woman or a girl

(after I googled it)

Edited by Fallschirmjager

Series has sooooooooooooo much potential. Amazing art, huge world to explore...great start. Looking forward to it.

Valiant can't go wrong. If they made a book about a guy who makes cupcakes for a living I'd buy it because it would probably be awesome.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@fallschirmjager: cancelling EW was wrong..... Sorry I am still sore about that.

Edited by Extremis

@fallschirmjager: cancelling EW was wrong..... Sorry I am still sore about that.

I can vouch for how sore you are about it.

I was just thinking about coming around to that title too. I didn't know.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@extremis said:

@allstarsuperman said:

@fallschirmjager: cancelling EW was wrong..... Sorry I am still sore about that.

I can vouch for how sore you are about it.

I was just thinking about coming around to that title too. I didn't know.

It's on hiatus it's not canceled.

Also is Spylock old man Ninjak?

Edited by Extremis

@jonny_anonymous said:

@extremis said:

@allstarsuperman said:

@fallschirmjager: cancelling EW was wrong..... Sorry I am still sore about that.

I can vouch for how sore you are about it.

I was just thinking about coming around to that title too. I didn't know.

It's on hiatus it's not canceled.

Also is Spylock old man Ninjak?

Whattttttt? Ninjak should be deadz yo

Also, why a hiatus? How long? Details plz

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@extremis: Hey there is many things a man can do in comics to keep himself alive in comics. Pak said Eternal Warrior was going on hiatus while Rai launched

Edited by Extremis

@jonny_anonymous said:

@extremis: Hey there is many things a man can do in comics to keep himself alive in comics. Pak said Eternal Warrior was going on hiatus while Rai launched

Yeah I just don't see it tbh.

And that's weird I wonder why? Hmm oh well. I searched google and turned up zilch that's why I asked.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by Extremis
Posted by AllStarSuperman

@extremis: I recommend getting the 2 trades that are out.

Posted by Ms-Lola

It was interesting. Confusing at times but that's to be expected with a new book.

Posted by bladewolf
Posted by Ms-Lola

Everytime I see the title of this thread I think of the Italian television network RAI.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

This was great!