Review: Rai #10

RAI_010_VARIANT_LEEContinuing on from last issues’ opening chapter of The Orphan, Rai #10 finds a (literally) fallen Rai far from his home, and abandoned on the desolate wastelands of the Earth. With his friends being hunted and tortured back in New Japan, Rai needs to find help from an unexpected yet familiar face who knows a thing or two about survival.
Visually, this is an absolutely stunning comic. Clayton Crane‘s artwork has been beautifully put together; the line work is delicate, in some panels there is very little inking over the lines (this is shown quite effectively on the opening pages where Rai‘s torso almost feels flesh like), but it’s the colouring in the comic that really makes the jaw drop. Indeed, there are several panels and full pages where the vibrancy of the colours can take your breath away. At times throughout the issues you really get a sense of the difference between the two primary locations, as Crane uses the colouring to really show the difference between the near utopia of New Japan and the post apocalyptic Earthen terrain.

Matt Kindt is on fine form here, as well, with the dialogue and scripting, although I’d highly recommend you pick up the previous issue so you’ve got a bit more of an idea as to what has been happening thus far into the story beyond what the recap page tells you. That being said, there are several different aspects to this story as we follow a group of characters who, once united under Rai‘s leadership, are now scattered across New Japan, or in Rai‘s case Earth. This provides the reader with several different points of view as we hop from character to character,and yet the story continues to flow very smoothly across these multiple angles. On the plus side, each one of these multiple angles are absolutely worth reading, unlike many comics where you’re waiting to get back to your favourite character’s story arc.

As I already mentioned, the artwork in this issue is absolutely worth absorbing, so on the off chance you don’t want to read the series, at least  look through it when you see it on the racks. However, as Valiant have been producing some of the most consistently great comics from any publisher over the past few months, it should come as no surprise that Rai #10 is worth reading (even if you may also want to pick up Rai #9, if you haven’t already).

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Clayton Crain
Story: 7.25 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant Entertainment provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.