Rai #3

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Clayton Crain Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: July 9, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
8.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Nothing is what it seems...not even yourself...

A seemingly random murder-the first in a thousand years-is unraveling the mysteries at the heart of Rai's very existence. As the country of Japan completes another orbit around 41st century Earth, Rai, its sole protector, turns his investigation toward two figures he never questioned before: Father, the A.I. that controls Japan...and himself.

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Aaron Clutter Jul 10, 2014

    Clayton Crain once again shows his talent in the cool spread of the Raddies attack. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Jul 10, 2014

    Rai #3 is a very interesting action/sci-fi series and in its relatively short publication time, I have to say that Valiant has put out another great comic you won't be disappointed to pick up if you haven't. I'm personally a big fan of sci-fi series like Ghost In The Shell and films like Blade Runner and I see some very good elements from those properties in Rai. This issue ended with a shocking revelation and I'm eager to see how it pans out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jul 10, 2014

    Rai #3 is an excellent issue that has pulled me into its futuristic world, and now I don't want to leave as I can't wait to get my hands on the next issue and see how things unfold for these characters who are new to me but very rich. As one who loves sci-fi and martial arts this combines the best of both worlds as there are shades of Blade Runner in its dystopian future and yet the most powerful being uses swords and his mastery of the arts. I'm glad I gave Rai a shot because now I can't get enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Jul 10, 2014

    I guess what Im saying is that Rai is a really, really good comic. The problem is, I can never quite shale the feeling that it could be even better than it currently is. And perhaps thats just my interpretation of the book. Thats not to say I didnt like the latest issue of Rai in fact, I loved it. Other than some of the minor issues, the only major issue with this book is the art. That isnt to say that its bad, per se. However, its obviously all digitally rendered. On occasion, I find artists who play around with digital art techniques to be extraordinarily talented, and Im not saying that this artist isnt. However, it looks a little bit too digital for my taste, even though it suits the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jul 9, 2014

    Valiant has published some great comics and RAI is no exception. Kindt's doing an impressive job handling a massive amount of worldbuilding. This futuristic version of Japan clearly borrows elements from other memorable sci-fi tales (e.g. Blade Runner), but it's doing more than enough to standout and it's always fascinating to see more and more of this new environment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 9, 2014

    I'm looking forward to the next issue. I want to see what's going to happen because it's going to make or break the series, but I doubt it'll break. All of the characters are rushing to one location and the intensity of the writing has me on the edge of my seat. At this point I'm basically just looking at the captions and dialogue because the artwork washes out so much of the emotion for me, but if you're digging it then you'll probably love this issue even more. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jul 10, 2014

    Kindt has done a solid job thus far exploring Rai's relationship with his unseen overlord/Daddy, giving just enough to make said existence believable while also offering enough murky musings to instill doubt. The revelations learned in this issue will only further that debate, especially given the shady source from which it comes. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Jul 9, 2014

    Overall, it's a fascinating story in a unique, glossy package. It also is pretty freaking rad in parts, especially in the more action heavy moments. Kindt and Crain are really, truly building a world here, and while it's not all the way there, the foundation is enticing enough that we can't help but be hooked as readers. More of this, and we could be on our way to another Valiant great. Read Full Review

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