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Rai #2 - House of the Setting Sun Review


Rai hunts for information that may help him find his killer

The Good

Rai continues his search to find out who commited the first murder in 1,000 years. The second issue comes off much like a detective book, which is a very interesting way to go about telling this story, but overall, it serves its purpose and it makes it feel very different from the rest of the books in the Valiant Universe.

There's one moment where Rai speaks about the legend of the Eternal Warrior. This will hopefully lead to a great cross-over between these two characters, but we're just looking at a single sentence of the book.

The issue really picks up when Silk comes into play. Silk is a very interesting, and very old, character. His conversation with Rai is the best part of the issue, and artist Clayton Crain does some amazing work during a beautiful two page spread. The page set-up is brilliant and flows incredibly well, and the color work is fantastic. Silk has this amazing, haunting look on his face that is unforgettable.

The Bad

It hurts to say this but this issue was pretty dull. Issue #1 of RAI kicked off in a momentousness way, but the second issue just fizzles and fizzles quickly. A little more than halfway through this issue, things begin to get interesting, but by that point, the reader has lost interest in the issue as a whole.

Issue one sets everything up very nicely, but the transition into two is a tad rough. From the opening pages, it feels like the reader has missed out on something. [cont]

One big problem in this overall issue was there were a few pages that were hard to read. Crain's set up of the pages and where the word bubbles were placed made it hard to see where you're supposed to read next. This caused confusion in many spots of the issue. There's also some moments here that feel rushed. The art feels a bit uncompleted, like some colors were quickly thrown on and it's not the usual quality fans expect from Crain.

The Verdict

All-in-all, this issue was a bit of a disappointment, coming off that amazing first issue. However, it's not all bad. RAI presents itself as a solid detective book here, but the problem was that the issue wasn't that exciting and came off a bit dull. Crain's art looks amazing in some places and lacks polish in others. It feels rushed. RAI shows a lot of promise but it needs to pick up a bit more to stand toe-to-toe with the rest of Valiants books. Overall, I'd give this issue a mild recommendation.

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Edited by manlybanister

I thought the first issue was good, I didn't think it was amazing. I picked this one up and haven't read it yet, but I'm disappointed to read that it may be even weaker than the first issue. Comics are too expensive these days to afford to continue pulling a book that fails to inspire. I hope when I do read it I don't get that dropping feeling.

Posted by Cap10nate

I'm pulling this book solely for Crain's artwork. If the story doesn't pick up, I will be dropping it after the first arc when Crain leaves.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

I thought this was 4 personally.

Posted by GraniteSoldier

Hope it picks up. I was really into the first issue.

Edited by BR_Havoc

Really sad to see the second issue score so low. I loved the first one and how unique it was, I thought we were getting indie Kindt not DC Kindt.

I really hope it turns around.

Posted by Extremis

I had a feeling this might happen. I love RAI and the potential the character has but Kindt is so dull to me that I don't get the praise he gets. I've only read his stuff from Valiant, but it's never impressed me.

Dysart or V-Ditti should've gotten this book.

Edited by Fallschirmjager


I didn't have issues reading it. Layout was fine.

Go read some Manga to sharpen your skills :p

Posted by That60sGuy

It's dissapointing to read this issue isn't that good. I sure hope this doesn't go the way of Eternal Warrior and gon on "hiatus" after a few issues. I'll definitely buy the first arc but after that we'll see.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I liked this issue, I seen no problem with it. I'm totally fascinated by this world, future Japan is the best Japan.

Posted by Ms-Lola

I liked how this issue provided more connection between Rai and those in his life, from the young girl in the lower levels of the new Japan, to Silk way up there at the tippity-top.

The art is beautiful and I do think it's to do with the colouring and background details. Overall, this world still has me interested and very curious about Rai's next steps.

Posted by roguejedi74

I love the art and really enjoying the story. The idea of Japan in the future is great. It was also nice how they pulled inspiration from the original Rai. Can't wait for the rest of the arc.