4001 A.D. #2

Event\Storyline: 4001 A.D. Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Clayton Crain Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 1, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 8
7.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The most ambitious comics event of 2016 brings war to the 41st century - with Rai leading the charge!
Rai is smashing headfirst into New Japan with his team of hardened rebels - including the Eternal Warrior and a giant X-O Manowar mecha-armor that's been dormant for centuries!  But when Father transforms New Japan into a impenetrable space dragon as a defense of last resort, what hopes will the united heroes of 4001 A.D. have of freeing the citizens of New Japan from Father's brutal reign? Will Rai have to destroy New Japan...to save it?  
New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and superstar more

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jun 2, 2016

    Further strengthened by strides in character building, 4001 A.D. #2 establishes the series as arguably the summer's biggest and best event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FanboyNation - Lowell Newton May 30, 2016

    I thoroughly enjoyed this issue. I can't wait to see how it goes down in the next couple of issues. So if you read the first one pick this one up. If you haven't read the first one pick this one, you'll be brought up to speed. I'm just one of many reviewers beating the drum of Valiant, but Valiant has a great line up on the shelves every Wednesday. I'm glad I'll be able to look back and say I was there for their revival. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa May 30, 2016

    4001 A.D #2, to quote a famous fictional character, belongs in a museum art gallery. It is an absolutely visual treat with some of the best artwork you're likely to see in a comic until the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali May 31, 2016

    4001 A.D. #2 is another entertaining issue complete with high-octane action and well-paced story progression. The action is top-notch and the use of the technology is impressive. There isn't as much character development as the first issue aside from Lula learning of Grace's fate since the focus is mostly on the immediate battle with Rai and the strategic decisions that entails. Once again Gilad's role is minimal, and his significance isn't even as big as Lula's despite the connection to the current Geomancer. However, the change in the battleground and the understanding of what's at stake with the population of New Japan sets the stage nicely for some great developments next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 30, 2016

    The best cyberpunk comic in ages. It looks gritty, real, and downright futuristic, made complete with one of the most epic science fiction scenarios imaginable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks Jun 13, 2016

    So far, 4001A.D. has been my favorite summer event of the year, from any comic book company. Co-creators Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have pulled together all of their resources, along with other great writers and artists at Valiant, to bring us this great epic. This is this kind of unique writing, and artistic talent that the industry desperately needs to emulate. And even with the rocky start, the ending easily earns this issue 4 out of 5 stars. Everyone needs to be buying this crossover. If you are curious about the previous 3 event issues, check out their review I did to help solidify your purchase. And stay tuned for more to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Jun 1, 2016

    4001 A.D. is big, in every way possible. Its a giant event thats proving to be a fly by the seat of your pants fight as Rais small band of allies try to take down the godlike presence that Father has become in New Japan and it doesnt disappoint. This really is shaping up to be your comic summer blockbuster, and the slick writing and incredible visuals make this a tasty treat for one and all. You lucky, lucky people. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Jun 3, 2016

    To sum everything up I enjoyed the issue, the art is awesome and I can't wait for the next issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Amy Okamoto Jun 1, 2016

    The “Summer of 4001 A.D.” is marching on. 4001 A.D. #2 fans that flame and is a sure pick of the week. If you read only one series this summer, 4001 A.D. should be it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez May 31, 2016

    4001 A.D. # 2 continues to be a blockbuster of an event, in scope and story. Crain is delivering the art of his career with the intense, detailed and stunning art work and color that he gives. The scope of everything looks even bigger than readers will image once you see it. Every panel is crisp, vibrant and down right amazing, capturing the awe of the conflict or the emotion of the moment. Kindt scripts an issue that will make you jump for joy in excitement, horrified by the atrocities and grip you with the tears shed during this second issue. This is a fast moving train to an ultimate conflict, but Kindt and Crain are making it a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Project-Nerd - Pat Jun 6, 2016

    Heart is what this series will need to maintain my personal interest because I often have trouble with expansive worlds. I don't always like to work when I read comics, but I appreciate what Crain and Kindt have accomplished here. So, for the foreseeable future, I will put it in the work to witness the exciting journey of Rai in 4001 AD. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III May 31, 2016

    Some pretty decent action with nice, fluid artwork but with the problem that the character work feels secondary. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jun 2, 2016

    It gives this whole issue a feel as hollow as its villain, focusing on the wonderful mech designs and explosions, while losing sight of the characters at the center of the conflict. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steven Phillips Jun 1, 2016

    The book trades focus for scale. And, though the art benefits from this hugeness and grandeur, the characters become inconsequential. Let's hope things get better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Rick Jun 10, 2016

    The writing isn't much to write home about, but with so many odd things happening (at one point the Power Armor is attacked by robot cats) I didn't really have time to notice the stilted dialogue. And honestly, with such an interesting visual language, I didn't much care. This title should come with a future electro-pop soundtrack to go with the visuals. Read Full Review

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