Rai #16

Event\Storyline: 4001 A.D. Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Cafu Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: August 24, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 3
8.2Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

4001 A.D. TIE-IN! Rai locked in fatal combat against...the true protector of New Japan?

As New Japan's current protector, Aboto, slips beyond Father's control, nothing can stop the unhinged warrior from destroying the orbiting nation from the inside out. To defeat this monster of his own making, Father must create his last and greatest Rai! But when Father's fallen son and newest champion clash in the the streets of their sovereign nation, what dark information will Aboto bring into the light of day... and how will it fuel the flames of rebellion that await in the year 4001 A.D.? The future as we know it takes its final horrifying sh more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Dylan Hicks Aug 25, 2016

    From the first Rai to the current one, this team has done an astonishing job respecting and building continuity. All together they managed to build one of the most rich histories I have ever seen in a graphic novel format. More specifically this issue is officially my third favorite comic from Valiant, right behind Harbinger #3 and Imperium #12. I give this issue a 6 out of 5 stars. Meaning that you need to get off this site and go buy it! Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jesse Izdepski Aug 28, 2016

    Rai #16 represents the absolute finest work in comics today! It possesses a strong and captivating story, and matches this with high quality artwork and colors. If you were able to imagine the best Japanese animation available, it might well look like Rai. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Aug 23, 2016

    As you may have guessed, the close of this arc is immensely satisfying. Matt Kindt has managed to expand on the legacy of the 4001 New Japan universe and the character of Rai with a dissociative story, and yet one that fills in so many blanks to the background and history of this universe. Its quite brilliant in that this doesnt seem like an addition to the story of Rai, it feels more like canon – like something that was always there, we just hadnt discovered it yet. My only complaint (as I mentioned at the beginning of this article) is that I did feel slightly duped, and that did put a little downer on this for me, but yet it didnt quash my appreciation of this story. Not only was it so conclusive, but there are a few hooks left that will no doubt impact our Rai in future – just what has Sai been doing on Earth all these years. and what of her child? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jason Laframboise Aug 26, 2016

    I loved this book. It had all the ingredients that appeal to me. Great writing, great art work and great characters. It's been good ride and it's sad that the series is once again going on hiatus. I await the return of the series in a few months. If you get a chance this volume is definitely worth it, so pick it up. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Aug 23, 2016

    Rai #16 is a solid issue, and for those who have been reading the series from the beginning I suspect it will be one of the best you'll have read. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 25, 2016

    For a tie-in to a larger event, Rai's latest arc has been surprisingly strong. As far as investment goes, issue #16 doesn't quite measure up to what we've seen over the last few issues. What it does do, however, is bring the history of Rai and Father's relationship full circle, culminating with a last second reveal that hearkens back to the very first issue of the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Aug 23, 2016

    As decent conclusion to this uneven arc as one could hope for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. Aug 28, 2016

    I'm not going to say that Rai #16 disappointed me, but this issue was a little weak in comparison to the others, both in story and art, although I must admit both were good in general terms. The ending is promising as it sets the ground for something better and so I will be waiting just for that. Read Full Review

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