Rai #4

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Clayton Crain Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: August 27, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 6
8.7Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The most daring comic book launch of the year unleashes a cascade of shocking revelations as Rai rockets toward its second arc!

In 4001 A.D., as the nation of Japan soars above the Earth, Rai unravels the mystery of the first murder in a thousand years...and discovers his own profound connection to the crime. Everything Rai knows - about his existence, about his country, and about the benevolent Father he serves - is about to be thrown out of orbit. Do not miss this masterpiece in the making...Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain's RAI!

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 2, 2014

    The only bad thing about this book was the very end where it said that Rai returns in December. I'm inpatient and I really don't want to wait that long. However, I'm all in on this series and will be the first person in line when the second arch hits shelves this holiday season. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Aug 26, 2014

    Rai‘s first arc comes to a symbolic end, setting up the series' future perfectly. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Aug 27, 2014

    Rai #4 is an excellent issue that raises the stakes in the plot against Father while building on everything that has made this series so fascinating to me. The artwork alone makes this futuristic world appear like the utopia that many believe it is but the story captures perfectly the reprehensible underbelly that others experience and is responsible for their view of Father. This has become one of my favorite series, and as a sci-fi fan there are more than enough cyberpunk elements to rival even the most established works in the genre. I was terribly disappointed to learn that the next issue won't be until December but that's just a testament to how much I'm enjoying this series, so maybe rereading all the issues released so far can hold me over until then. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Aug 29, 2014

    That said, this issue does a ton right. The character development of Rai, over the course of these first four issues, has been great, and this issue really rounds it out. Seeing him deal with the revelation that he has a mother (who happens to be dead) is great. Until this point, he's had this belief that he's completely inorganic. Him finding out that part of him is human is huge for his character arc, as he begins to find his humanity. This is where his supporting cast of Lula and Spylocke come in. These two characters are one of the best parts of the book, each of the two characters representing the dichotomy of Rai's character. In addition to their roles as representing part of Rai's character, they're awesome on their own as well, which is good, because they take up so much page space here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 28, 2014

    Is there some unspoken rule that forces any book hitting its stride to go on hiatus? If so, the Comic Illuminati have nailed it with Rai, Matt Kindt and Clayton Crane delivering one of their most complete issues yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Matt Deery Aug 25, 2014

    Rai 4 is a great issue, Kindt sets up his next arc whilst bringing the opening arc to satisfying conclusion giving readers a further glimpse into the motivations of our main cast of characters in this futuristic thriller. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Aug 27, 2014

    It's a gamble to put this book on hold until December, but this ending is strong enough to bring me back so I imagine others will be inclined as well. It's a story that's just getting started and with the hefty goal of the next arc we have plenty of miles to travel with Rai. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Aug 27, 2014

    Rai, your big, beautiful, and complex world continues to expand and I'm enjoying every second of it. A lot of the story has been building several mysteries -- who Rai really is, whether Father's real, what went down with Japan's first murder -- and RAI #4 is all about rewarding readers with some very exciting answers and then leaves us on a cliffhanger that'll probably make some exclaim "oh, snap!" Honestly, because the book has such a detailed opening page, you can treat this one as a jumping on spot and odds are you'll be hooked when you finish the chapter. Obviously, I recommend picking up all of the issues, but some of you are working with a tight budget and $3.99 per issue isn't an easy thing to make room for. So, if this book has piqued your interest (magnificent artwork, worldbuilding that takes notes from Blade Runner, and a lead who's still discovering who and what he is), I'd say give this one a shot and prepare to become invested in Rai's story. Read Full Review

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