Rai #1

Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Juan Jose Ryp Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: November 20, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
8.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Welcome to the 41st century: New worlds, new characters, new adventures.

Valiant's critically celebrated cyborg ronin named Rai embarks on a thrilling quest to save the future.

Multiple New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) joins forces with breathtaking artist Juan José Ryp (X-O MANOWAR) to begin the essential sci-fi series of the next two thousand years!

  • 9.8
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Nov 20, 2019

    Rai #1 is one of the best comics I've read all year. This is a comic that has (almost) everything you could want in a comic. I say almost because there's always something you can nitpick with any issue, though I have yet to find anything to moan about with Rai #1. I cannot recommend this book enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Comic Watch - Kenneth Bowden Nov 24, 2019

    Dan Abnett doesn't miss a beat after delivering the flawless Fallen World series with Rai #1, beautiful art by the Ryp/Dalhouse team just makes an insanely good read all the more enjoyable. Bottom line if you love comics then this is a must read. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 26, 2019

    This issue is a great start to the series. Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Nov 19, 2019

    Rai blends fast action, fresh dialogue and stunning visuals into a great first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Daniel Schwartz Dec 8, 2019

    With this fun first issue also comes fantastic artwork. Juan Jose Ryp makes Rai look like a badass, but he is also able to make Raijin look harmless and badass at different points in the story! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 20, 2019

    Juan Jose Ryp delivers some beautiful visuals in this first issue. The characters look great. The action is both fun and visually stunning and the backgrounds are filled with rich details. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Nov 20, 2019

    Rai #1 seems likely to remind long-time Valiant readers of peak Valiant, which in my opinion occurred a few years back with the 4001 AD event. Abnett, Ryp, Dalhouse, and Shapre put forth strong work with this debut comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Nov 20, 2019

    Colors by Andrew Dalhouse make it all pop in a way that feels unique from other Valiant titles, and elevates the minutiae of Ryp's art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Nov 19, 2019

    Overall, the team behind Rai #1 delivers a solid story that new and returning readers alike should find something to latch onto and enjoy. While the end of the issue might come a bit too early for many of those readers, there’s enough fun character moments and exciting visual designs to keep fans invested until next month’s installment. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Nov 18, 2019

    Again, much like Roku #1, I was hoping to jump into the Valiant Universe with Rai #1. While not the worst place to start, it isn't the best, either. I was a bit confused about different things throughout it. It seems like Abnett has started an interesting journey with these characters; I just needed a little something more to get me invested. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Nov 24, 2019

    There was something interesting about watching a robot kid talking to a human bartender while the cyborg Rai is fighting the Anarcho-Baron Clan. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Nov 21, 2019

    "Rai" #1 is an ambitious but flawed start of a brand new chapter for the protector of New Japan. Read Full Review

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