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Preview: Rai #7

RAI #7

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE 
Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by FRITZ CASAS
Cover B by NETHO DIAZ
Preorder Variant Cover by DON PERLIN
On sale SEPTEMBER 23rd | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Abnett and Ryp explore “Wild Frontiers” in the most critically-acclaimed sci-fi epic of 2020!

A mysterious supernatural storm has trapped Rai and Raijin with their enemies… who will live to see daylight?

RAI #7

Review: Rai: Book One

Rai: Book One

Rai: Book One takes us to the 41st century, the great hero Rai and his smaller and younger-looking (but older) brother Raijin wander the Earth looking for artifacts that could bring back their adversary, Father. He created Rai and all the other Rais that have existed. But he’s a bloodthirsty force that Rai has had to fight time and time again. His forces are expert killers, raiders, dinosaurs, and even a crazy model home, but they are no match for Rai.

Rai: Book One has a great blend of science fiction and action. Series writer Dan Abnett, who previously wrote Rai’s adventures in the preceding Fallen World mini-series, seems to understand how the character works. The book takes place in the 41st century, so there’s a lot of interesting and creative world-building done, too. Raiders and dinosaurs and even the haunted model home make up some of the threats that Rai and Raijin face and it feels like a refreshing slap of creativity.

Two of my favorite things about Rai are this:  For one, most of this is written as single-issue stories. Issues 4 and 5 are a two-parter. But, you could pretty much pick up any issue of this and be able to jump right in. Issue 2, where the Rais come upon the model home dedicated to its own preservation was one of my favorite single issues I read last year. The other favorite thing about Rai is the art.

I think that Juan Jose Ryp’s art on this book is jaw-dropping. I’m a bit biased; he’s one of my all-time favorite artists, but what he does with a page, very few can do. His work on Rai is very detailed and with Andrew Dalhouse on colors, it makes for a perfect pairing. Ryp has a way with action and violence in his work that stands out. Rai is the kind of book that could be appreciated for the art alone.

Rai doesn’t quite recap its previous events at the beginning of the book but through reading it, you learn what got him and little Raijin to this point. Honestly, it’s not that confusing and I feel Rai: Book One is ripe for new readers. This first volume from the relaunch of Rai starts off with all guns blazing and never lets up. It comes out in shops on September 16th and should leave with you on that same day.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Juan Jose Ryp
Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: I think it’s worth buying

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Preview: RAI Book One TPB

RAI BOOK ONE TPB

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE 
Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
On sale SEPTEMBER 16th | 208 pages, full color | $9.99 US | T+

Welcome to the 41st century: New worlds, new characters, new adventures.

The cyborg ronin named Rai embarks on a thrilling quest to save the future. Side by side with his prototype and predecessor – the robot boy called Raijin – the spirit guardian of the fallen nation of New Japan will journey into the wastelands of Earth to set right the wrongs of their onetime overlord once and for all.

Multiple New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) joins forces with breathtaking artist Juan José Ryp (X-O MANOWAR) to begin the essential sci-fi series of the next two thousand years!

Collecting RAI (2019) #1–5.

RAI BOOK ONE TPB

AWA Studios Announces Year Zero Volume 2

AWA StudiosYear Zero is getting a second volume that begins in November. The first issue drops one month after the first volume’s trade is released.

The new volume explores new characters from other parts of the world affected by the pandemic’s global reboot of the world and tests the ability to survive in this new world order.

Upshot’s hit series Year Zero returns with four new harrowing tales of survival from around a post-apocalyptic world: A grizzled Norwegian sea captain and her two young grandchildren navigate an ocean teeming with undead while eluding the relentless pirates on their trail. A Colombian cartel boss indulges all of his most sadistic whims unaware that a threat far greater than zombies is headed toward his jungle fortress. A Rwandan doctor must overcome the crippling fear that has plagued him all his life as he stumbles through the African bush. And a pregnant woman barricaded in an American big-box store discovers that the greatest threat to her life – and her unborn child’s – might not be undead. Benjamin Percy once again pens this global look at the zombie apocalypse, now joined by artist Juan Jose Ryp and colorist Frank Martin.

Year Zero Volume 2 #1

Preview: 2020 iWolverine #2 (of 2)

2020 iWolverine #2 (of 2)

(W) Larry Hama (A) Roland Boschi (CA) Juan Jose Ryp
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Murder in Madripoor!
• Albert may have recovered Elsie-Dee, but the bloodshed isn’t over yet…
• When the two androids attempt to get revenge, they’ll find that their enemies aren’t the only things at risk for permanent deletion!

2020 iWolverine #2 (of 2)

Review: Rai #6

Rai #6

A brand-new arc of the critically-acclaimed series starts in Rai #6! Rai and Raijin are drafted into the positronic Roman legions to face a savage threat.

I absolutely loved the first issue of the current volume of Rai. I was quite taken with the second issue, as well as the third and fourth. After how much I loved Fallen World, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Rai as much as I have. Every issue has been near perfection. The theme of the series is the inclusion of technology in our lives and the potential future we face. One could argue I’m reading too much into the comics, but I’d like to counter that. After all, what a reader takes from a book can be different depending on their perspectives.

The core concept of the series is that Rai and his younger brother figure who is also an older model android, Raijin, are searching for Offspirng. Not the band, but rather pieces of artificially intelligent code that when returned to Bloodfather will make him nigh unstoppable. Each issue centers around Rai and Raijin and their search for more Offspring, giving the series it’s overarching plot line while allowing Dan Abnett to have each issue effectively tell a whole story or the first half of a two parter.

Rai #6 is one of those comics that deals with the Greater Good; aiming to win the war at the expense of the smaller battles. Abnett explores this concept in a microcosm as Rai and Raijin intervene in an ongoing struggle between two warring factions. There’s a tenseness to the writing as we discover how Rai plans to react the the situation, his singleminded dedication to his goal coming across as selfishness and indifference, which emphasizes Abnett’s point; you can save the world, but don’t forget who your saving it for.

Juan Jose Ryp‘s artwork pulls me right back to Valiant’s Roman era series Britannia (probably because he also drew that), which only helps to emphasize the interconnectedness of the Valiant universe (even if it was unintentional). Once again coloured by Andrew Dalhouse, the visual presentation of the book is near flawless.

Rai was THE book I was waiting for once comics began shipping again, and I can happily say I wasn’t disappointed in Rai #6 after the long wait. Abnett’s Rai is easily the one of the very best things being published right now. If you’re not reading it, why not?

Story: Dan Abnett Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse Letter: Dave Sharpe

Story: 9.8 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: RAI #6

RAI #6

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by NETHO DIAZ
Cover B by KANO
Cover C by JASON METCALF
Preorder Cover by BRET BLEVINS
On sale AUGUST 19 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

A brand-new arc of the critically-acclaimed series starts here! Rai and Raijin are drafted into the positronic Roman legions to face a savage threat.

RAI #6

Preview: Strikeforce #9

Strikeforce #9

(W) Tini Howard (A) German Peralta (CA) Juan Jose Ryp
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

BATTLE ROYALE ON MONSTER ISLE!
It’s a death match of no-holds-barred sports entertainment – at the center of King Deadpool’s Monster Island! Strikeforce finds themselves divided between their mission to contain the dangerous Vridai and the sweet, sweet taste of competitive victory. Can this team of misfits stay together long enough to complete their mission?

Strikeforce #9

Preview: Strikeforce #8

Strikeforce #8

(W) Tini Howard (A) German Peralta (CA) Juan Jose Ryp
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE WOULD-BE QUEEN OF THE VRIDAI FACES OFF AGAINST THE FORMER QUEEN OF HEL!
As Birgit leads the fae Vridai on an infiltration quest across the Ten Realms, Strikeforce is hot on their heels! But for Angela, the battle is about to get personal. Old demons abound in the swamps of Svartalfheim!

Strikeforce #8
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