At C2E2 2015, Valiant announced the return of New Japan’s fallen guardian this August in RAI #9 – the FIRST ISSUE of The Orphan, an all-new story arc from writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain! This summer, discover Kindt & Crain’s smash-hit series with a brand new jumping-on point as Rai finds himself exiled from the land he was once sworn to protect…and thrust into the never-before-seen corners of the Valiant Universe of 4001 A.D.!
For more than a year, Clayton Crain’s fully-painted interior art has beautifully captured the astonishing world of New Japan… Now, find out what has befallen the planet below nearly 2,000 years in the future! For the very first time, Rai will finally discover the true fate of the world New Japan left behind…and the Earth of 4001 will be revealed! Featuring all-new enemies, surprise guest stars, and first appearances, start reading here with The Orphan to find out why there is nothing else in comics like RAI!
Broken, beaten, and cast down to Earth, Rai and his allies now find themselves hunted, persecuted, and imprisoned for their failed rebellion against Father. Stranded thousands of miles from his former home, Rai is now more determined than ever to save his friends and bring down New Japan’s malevolent ruler once and for all…but how can he do that from Earth? And just what secrets will New Japan’s rising son discover as he journeys across the face of a planet scarred by his nation’s ascent to the stars?
Battle for New Japan was only the beginning! This summer, the war for the future has yet to be won… In order to defeat Father, Rai must marshal the forces of Earth and begin the long journey back toward home.
RAI #9 (ALL NEW ARC! “THE ORPHAN” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by RYAN SOOK
Cover C by RILEY ROSSMO
Cover D by RYAN LEE
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
$3.99 | 32 pgs. T+ | COMING IN AUGUST!