Rai #5

Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Clayton Crain Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: December 3, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 3
8.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series is BACK!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain return for the second staggering volume of RAI!

In the aftermath of the devastating battle for 41st century Japan, Rai must pick up the pieces as he grapples with the startling truth about Father and his purpose. Will Rai remain a champion of the people or will he succumb to the same fate as the men who carried the mantle before him? And why is everyone looking at him so strangely? Go back to the future as Kindt and Crain crack open a brand new chapter for Valiant's smash-hit ongoing series!

  • 9.8
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Dec 2, 2014

    Rai #5 is an excellent start to the new story arc and creates exciting story threads from the plan to kill Father to the independent Positronic deciding on a course of action to live. From the first page to the last I was completely engrossed in everything taking place. The introduction of the chemical hiding Raddies from being detected was a great touch as it made the overall plot against Father seem more plausible and interesting. And the uncertainty regarding Rai's mental state in terms of Father's ability to read his mind added a little more edge to the entire situation. And Lula finally getting her own Positronic along with Momo searching for meaning in her own existence rounded off the events taking place in this futuristic world nicely. So I'm glad that I won't have to wait 4 months to get my hands on the next issue because it's just too good. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Dec 2, 2014

    Rai #5 is another standout issue for this series and while new readers can jump on here I highly recommend getting the first four issues to get the full experience of this amazing Valiant story. Kindt and Crain are a team that gives us a future that's wildly imaginative, exciting and scary all at the same time. Get Rai #5 or any issues in any form you can. It's one of the best new Valiant titles and best new comic title from any publisher hands down. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Book City Podcast - Matthias Talley Dec 2, 2014

    This issues serves as a great new jumping on point for new readers who want to delve into a futuristic, scifi mystery with a character that hasn't seen his continuity change dozens of times in a course of 75 years. Just as they aimed to do in the early 90's, Valiant is bringing something different to "Superhero" comics by publishing titles such as Rai, which are a shining example of quality writing and art. This is a must buy for those interested in the genre. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Dec 4, 2014

    Fans of Clayton Crain may be disappointed in the general lack of razzle-dazzle to this issue, but slow most certainly does not mean boring. His painterly view of the future remains as beautiful as ever, each panel loaded with detailed backdrops and high tech touches. The standout moment features an as of yet unknown character, Crain's design truly unsettling in its menace. Rai #5 looks to be a great start to a bold new direction, effectively bridging what came before with what's yet to come. If you're behind, best get caught up now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Dec 3, 2014

    Rai's back with bit of a slow start. You won't see Crain unleashing any jaw-droppingly gorgeous action sequences here, but that doesn't stop it from being a very good read! With this issue, Kindt's pretty much covering all of the ground he needs to as he teaches new readers about this elaborate and fascinating world and its cast of characters while also setting up several key plot points. If you've been loving RAI -- and that should apply to, well, everyone -- you'll likely think this is a solid return and anxiously await the next issue. It's a bit bummer there weren't any really mind-blowing or gripping developments, but it's done a fine job setting the stage for what's to come and, given how good this book has been, I'm thoroughly excited to read RAI #6. Read Full Review

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