Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe #1

Writer: Rafer Roberts Artist: Francis Portela Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 14, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 1
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It is the year 4002 A.D.... Rai, the spirit guardian of Earth, has uncovered an ancient tome filled with history's greatest tales and civilizations darkest moments. Charting the dawning days of ancient Mesopotamia, all the way to the rise of New Japan, the history of the Valiant Universe is laid bare in shocking and revelatory detail. From X-O Manowar to Bloodshot to Faith to Divinity... history will reveal untold revelations for Valiant's greatest heroes and antagonists! In the tradition of the original RAI #0, Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade) and acclaimed artist Francis Portela (Faith) unleash a celebration more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks Jun 19, 2017

    In any case, this book still simply fantastic. Even though I said that the writing wasn't the best, remember that this is a HISTORY BOOK, not your standard 32-page comic. The Silmarillion even had it's moments where it felt like swimming through rocks. And the art… Well, to say the least, I would buy this book based off of Francis' and Andrew's work alone. Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe #1 is a great jumping-on point for new readers, and it's a fun recap for dedicated fans, such as myself. I give this issue 5 out of 5 stars! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Outright Geekery - Christopher Amundson Jun 13, 2017

    This book really lays down the foundation of the Valiant Universe. Anyone new to this Universe will enjoy it and get a little taste of what has happened and enjoy this book. All of the Valiant fans will enjoy this too, as they take a stroll down memory lane. This book has a little for everyone, as I think everyone would enjoy the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Dec 31, 1969

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  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Zach Jun 14, 2017

    RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1 is a visually stunning gloss over everything Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jesse Izdepski Jun 16, 2017

    Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe #1 is quite honestly the perfect starting point for anyone is looking to dive deep within the magic of the Valiant Universe. It is enjoyable for long time readers and fans as bridge from the events which transpired after4001 A.D. #4, to the future of the Valiant Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Jun 14, 2017

    Rai: The History Of The Valiant Universe #1 is a decent comic with totally different sides to attract new and existing fans of Valiant's comics. It's a comic I'm happy to add to my collection. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 19, 2017

    It's a helpful reference work for both those readers who have just discovered Valiant Comics - and a fun recap for longtime fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Todd Fisher Jun 17, 2017

    While not required reader or the dedicated fans of the valiant universe it is a great jumping on point, and has some fun nods to every important character within the universe both current and future versions. I think however this would have been a great book for an event like free comic day or even a $1 debut type of thing. Overall, I will recommend this book for people who want to learn more about the Valiant universe as a whole so they can get a good overview of the entire universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 12, 2017

    A good issue that does a great job retelling the modern history of Valiant. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    SciFiPulse - Oral Frier Jun 14, 2017

    Make no bones about it, Raiis the clip show of comic issues. Done poorly, it would have been absolutely boring, but this team knows what it is doing. Fans of Valiant should pick this issue up for a refresher course. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 15, 2017

    As Valiant's resident man of the future, Rai is the perfect vehicle to author a retrospective of the publisher's many exploits. And that's essentially what this book is. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Jun 15, 2017

    If you wanted to give someone a single comic to "sell" them on a universe, this wouldn't be to bad. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Thegreatmagnet Jun 14, 2017

    This is the greatest hits of the new Valiant, plus a few hints of cool stuff from 4001. This kind of thing would be bread and butter for a FCBD issue geared at new readers. However, for longtime readers that are expecting Rai 0, this has almost nothing new. I’ll even acknowledge that the new Valiant has already released their own version of Rai 0, in the form of the “Book of Death” mini-series and it’s “Fall of” tie-in issues. I’m just puzzled why they would compare this issue to Rai 0, when it’s clearly just a brief recap of the Valiant universe up to today. If this issue had been solicited differently, I might have had a much more positive reaction. Unfortunately, having compared this issue to the best issue of classic Valiant, I think they set themselves up for disappointment. Expectations are important. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Lucas Jun 29, 2017

    So, I got nothing out of it myself, I dont know what fans would think of it, and there really isnt much to talk about as far as writing and art are concerned All I can really say is that I didnt enjoy it that much, but if youre interested in the history of Valiant, you might enjoy it a lot more than I did. Read Full Review

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