Preview: “Rai #1”

Valiant has released a new preview for their upcoming book Rai. Written by Matt Kindt and drawn by Clayton Crain, Rai is a science-fiction tale of 41st-century Japan, where humans live in geosynchronous orbit and are guarded by only a single, mysterious protector: Rai. Check out the gallery below to see what’s in store for readers with this promising new issue!

[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]

All-New Preview: “Rai #1” – Inside the Visionary World of 41st Century Japan!

Valiant is proud to present an all-new look inside “Rai #1” – the first issue of the hotly anticipated ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Unity, Mind MGMT) with fully painted interiors by superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force, Carnage) arriving in stores on April 30!
The year is 4001 A.D. – led by the artificial intelligence called “Father,” the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father’s empire – the mysterious folk hero known as Rai. They say he can appear out of nowhere. They say he is a spirit…the ghost of Japan. But when the first murder in a thousand years threatens to topple Father’s benevolent reign, Rai will be forced to confront the true face of a nation transformed…and his own long-lost humanity…
The first series of the VALIANT FIRST publishing initiative, “Rai #1” is an experience unlike anything else in comics today – and a perfect introduction to Valiant’s award-winning line of titles! Hitting stores one week early on April 30th – just before Free Comic Book Day 2014 – start reading here to explore a daring new vision of the year 4001…then discover one of the most acclaimed publishers in comics today with one new major VALIANT FIRST #1 issue each month from May onward! Packed with all-new entry points from some of the most talented creators in comics, these are the titles that will have you reading VALIANT FIRST when you head home from the comic shop:

MAY: RAI #1 by Matt Kindt & Clayton Crain
JUNE: ARMOR HUNTERS #1 by Robert Venditti & Doug Braithwaite
JULY: ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1 by Joe Harris & Trevor Hairsine
JULY: ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 by Joshua Dysart & Robert Gill
AUGUST: THE DELINQUENTS #1 by Fred Van Lente, James Asmus & Kano
SEPTEMBER: THE DEATH–DEFYING DR. MIRAGE #1 by Jen Van Meter & Roberto de la

RAI #1 (VALIANT FIRST)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAR141386)
Cover B by BRYAN HITCH (MAR141387)
Cover C by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (MAR141388)
Cover D by RAUL ALLEN (MAR141389)
Variant Cover by KHARI EVANS (MAR141392)
Variant Cover by TREVOR HAIRSINE (MAR141393)
Variant Cover by DAVID AJA & RAUL ALLEN (MAR141394)
Blank Cover also available (MAR141390)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 4/30/14 (FOC – 4/7/14)

RAI #1 PLUS EDITION* (VALIANT FIRST)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN
$4.99/T+/48 pgs.
ON SALE 4/30/14 (FOC – 4/7/14)
*For Valiant’s dedicated pullbox subscription customers, celebrate the launch of VALIANT FIRST with a special expanded edition of RAI #1, featuring 16 extra pages of in-story bonus features and dedicated looks inside the world of 4001 A.D. that won’t be collected for the trade paperback!

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Asaph Bitner is a staff writer for Capeless Crusader. His other activities include studying for a college degree and dreaming of visiting the Song Of Ice And Fire universe as a future-tech wielding Jedi secret agent. You can follow him on twitter at @AsaphBitner.