Rai #2

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Clayton Crain Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: June 4, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
6.8Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Discover the astonishing world of the 41st century! This May, Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain's one-of-a-kind adventure proves that there is nothing else in comics like RAI!

In the far future of 4001 A.D., Japan is a single endless city-state,  governed by a benevolent artificial intelligence and policed by a one lone enforcer - the mysterious Rai, spirit guardian of the rising sun. But, soon, a single bullet will shatter the peace it has taken 2,000 years to secure...

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jun 9, 2014

    So a good follow-up to the first issue, and I am doubly excited for the next issue, which can't arrive soon enough for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Dave Buesing Jun 3, 2014

    Rai is off to a great start, and its a huge gain for comic fans to have his character and future back in the Valiant Universe. While the book has been action-first to date, theres a lot of opportunity here to further explore the impact of rapidly controlling digital lifestyles, as well as absolute faith in abstract entities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 5, 2014

    Like a cat caressing, mustache twirling Bond villain, Matt Kindt loves his monologuing. The writer's inner musings and boundless exposition threaten to overwhelm an otherwise solid issue, word bubbles stacked atop one another like the world's most precarious Jenga tower. Obviously some direction is needed to steer such a complex and finely tuned plot, but when you have an artist like Clayton Crain at the helm, sometimes showing is a lot more fun than telling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 4, 2014

    Even with my problems with the art I'm still scoring this issue high. The reason being that the story has only gotten better since the first issue and I suspect it'll continue to do so. In the meantime if you're enjoying the Valiant Universe then you do not want to miss out on Rai. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Herotaku - Steven Lawrence Jun 2, 2014

    Rai #2 is a fun book that hits you with bits and pieces of action, the idea and concept laid out by writer Matt Kindt will sincerely intrigue you and I will be willing to bet you return for Rai #3. A lack of honest feel within the art work made me cock my head the the side at some points within the comic as if to say "hmmm really?" Overall Rai #2 is a keeper and again the folks at Valiant keep pushing out winners, Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 4, 2014

    All-in-all, this issue was a bit of a disappointment, coming off that amazing first issue. However, it's not all bad. RAI presents itself as a solid detective book here, but the problem was that the issue wasn't that exciting and came off a bit dull. Crain's art looks amazing in some places and lacks polish in others. It feels rushed. RAI shows a lot of promise but it needs to pick up a bit more to stand toe-to-toe with the rest of Valiants books. Overall, I'd give this issue a mild recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Jun 4, 2014

    Rai #2 has some good things going for it, but it commits the one of the worst sins that a comic (or pretty much any piece of entertainment) can make (aside from, I don't know, giving the reader cancer): it's boring. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jun 3, 2014

    While the story picked up some this issue, it didnt get going until half way through. Matt Kindt has gained a little steam and hopefully he can build off of that momentum. The art continues to be fantastic thanks to Crains style and effort. Next month has a good buildup for Kindt and Crain to turn in their best issue yet! Read Full Review

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