RAI: Welcome to New Japan
Written by Matt Kindt
Penciled and colored by Clayton Crain.
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
This trade paper back volume includes the first 4 issues of Rai, the protector of new Japan and embodiment of Father’s policies. I think the story is fabulously complex for a comic arc and the art is extremely entertaining. Even though Rai is the main protagonist, I have to say I’m enjoying the character building going into Spylocke. Both are ruthless implementors of violence in their views of the greater good. Four out of five enjoyment stars for this and I hope to read more. Got my copy from Valiant’s booth at Denver Comic Con 2015.
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