Rai #13

Event\Storyline: 4001 A.D. Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Cafu Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: May 18, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 5
8.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating


As 4001 A.D. teeters on the brink, discover the intertwined origins of New Japan's very fi rst Rai and his creator, Father - the despotic artificial intelligence that would one day threaten us all. And as the truth behind these long-lost beginnings resurfaces, so too will the questions that have eluded mankind for nearly two millennia. How did New Japan come to orbit Earth? Who created Father? And what happened to the nine previous Rai that once swore allegiance to his empire?

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  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks May 31, 2016

    On it's own, Rai #13 measures up to be one of the best issues in the series; so it is only natural to say that it is THE best issue of the 4001A.D. event to date. As an origin story, I could not possibly ask for more from this team. Between Matt's scripts, Cafu's linework, and Dave's color, Rebirth and Civil War II tie-ins are going to pale in comparison. So get this book, and the other two issues of 4001A.D., and the last 12 issues of Rai, right now; you can thank me later. I give this 5 out of 5. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali May 18, 2016

    Rai #13 is an engrossing issue that succeeds in developing Father's character more through the story and learning experience of the first Rai. The fact that this is from Father's perspective and not so black and white makes it all more intriguing, and whether it's the creation of the Positrons or the rebellion's plan against Rai, this issue is pretty intense. There's no new insight given into the rebellion against the Positrons so an understanding of previous issues might be necessary. I've stated this before but I'll reiterate that if you're a fan of futuristic sci-fi you need to give Rai a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa May 17, 2016

    Powered by some atmospheric artwork by Cafu and colour artistDave Lanphear this comic is an issue you should treat yourself to if you're a fan of machine-led science fiction.Rai #13 is a brilliant comic that will stand alone if you've only got a fleeting familiarity withRai,Valiant and their universe, or if you have no intention of reading the rest of the4001 A.D.story arc. I presume there will be a second chapter in this tale withRai #14and I can't bloody wait. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Levi Hunt May 19, 2016

    As this is the start of a brand new generation of Rai, it's a perfect place for new readers to try out this intriguing series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn May 14, 2016

    Valiant have done it, theyre treating us to what is shaping up to be an intense summer event and Im all-in. Matt Kindt and team have crafted a new layer to the world of Rai, and look to be backfilling these characters with an exciting and compelling new story. Father is without a shadow of a doubt – one of the best villains of recent times, and getting to witness his evolution alone is worth the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez May 16, 2016

    Rai # 13 is a great look into the future history of 4001 A.D. as well as build the characters of Father and Rai. Kindt throws some solid characterization while introducing us to this work that belongs to Father from so long ago. CAFU and Lanphear really do an outstanding job with the art, really presenting a deeper world of New Japan while giving gritty yet detailed panels that are sprinkled well with color. Kindt's only real misstep is showing us a little more of the original Rai's time instead of just telling us. Otherwise, this is a really strong story that helps supplement the main 4001 A.D. miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III May 17, 2016

    A much better look into the history of New Japan that works well as a companion to 4001 A.D. Read Full Review

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