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The sale features 42 releases and you can experience 4001 A.D., Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Divinity, Harbinger, Ninjak, Quantum & Woody, Rai, Shadowman, and more!

Take advantage and discover some amazing series. The sale runs until Thursday, June 24.

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Dive Into Valiant with the Valiant Deluxe Edition Sale

If you’ve never experienced the world of Valiant, here’s your chance. ComiXology currently features the Valiant Deluxe Edition Sale.

The sale features 42 releases and you can experience 4001 A.D., Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Divinity, Harbinger, Ninjak, Quantum & Woody, Rai, Shadowman, and more!

Take advantage and discover some amazing series. The sale runs until Thursday, June 24.

Divinity: The Complete Trilogy Deluxe Edition

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Dive Into Valiant with the Valiant Deluxe Edition Sale

If you’ve never experienced the world of Valiant, here’s your chance. ComiXology currently features the Valiant Deluxe Edition Sale.

The sale features 42 releases and you can experience 4001 A.D., Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Divinity, Harbinger, Ninjak, Quantum & Woody, Rai, Shadowman, and more!

Take advantage and discover some amazing series. The sale runs until Thursday, June 24.

Divinity: The Complete Trilogy Deluxe Edition

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Dive Into Valiant with the Valiant Deluxe Edition Sale

If you’ve never experienced the world of Valiant, here’s your chance. ComiXology currently features the Valiant Deluxe Edition Sale.

The sale features 42 releases and you can experience 4001 A.D., Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Divinity, Harbinger, Ninjak, Quantum & Woody, Rai, Shadowman, and more!

Take advantage and discover some amazing series. The sale runs until Thursday, June 24.

Divinity: The Complete Trilogy Deluxe Edition

This site contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from these sites. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Dive Into Valiant with the Valiant Deluxe Edition Sale

If you’ve never experienced the world of Valiant, here’s your chance. ComiXology currently features the Valiant Deluxe Edition Sale.

The sale features 42 releases and you can experience 4001 A.D., Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Divinity, Harbinger, Ninjak, Quantum & Woody, Rai, Shadowman, and more!

Take advantage and discover some amazing series. The sale runs until Thursday, June 24.

Divinity: The Complete Trilogy Deluxe Edition

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Review: Rai #10

Rai #10

I feel like those who are not reading Rai have truly missed out on an absolutely fantastic story. Set in the 41st century, Rai and his brother Raijin have wandered the world looking for the lost remnants of their adversary, Father, looking to destroy them. Along the way, they’ve had some rather creative run-ins with Father’s offspring. The latest tale involves Fusion, another of Father’s machinations, who controls New Ur, a positronic city. In the last issue, they showed their true colors and came for Rai and his companions.

Rai #10 continues the action as Rai and Fusion do their thing. Raijin and Alice, Rai’s companions, are attacked and Alice falls…only to don the look of Bloodshot. Rai’s victory is short-lived as he leaves to the wilderness to be confronted by the dark he’d heard so much of, but it’s not the dark but the Darque, a nod to one of Valiant’s best villains that we’ve not seen in quite a few years.

Dan Abnett had been tasked with bringing back Rai and those adventures started in the event Fallen World. Since issue one, it’s been one of the best books they’ve published. The world around Rai has been greatly fleshed out and a lot of the threats have been really interesting. In a previous run, it’s revealed that positronic individuals are discriminated against and murdered for fun so having New Ur turn that around as a society against humans was a fun twist. There are a few story threads with Rai and they are given the proper amount of pages to not be neglected. Alice, who I was sure was going to be a throwaway character, ends up something far more interesting here, possibly becoming Bloodshot.

Juan Jose Ryp is one of my favorite artists in comics. He’s been on this entire run of Rai and delivered a lot of spectacular pages. There’s so much detail in his work and with this series, he’s done a lot of creative action sequences. Rai #10 is no different and with having Andrew Dalhouse on colors, they make each page a must-see.

This issue ends this volume of Rai and with some cliffhangers, too. My hopes are that it’s not for long and that we can get this team back on these characters. The pandemic has had such an awful effect on everything and been brutal on the work of smaller publishers. Still, this issue continues my thoughts that Rai is one of the best books of 2020 and that everyone asking for good comics should be rushing to get this one.

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

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: RAI #10

RAI #10

It’s the final standoff against Fusion and the denizens of New Ur with our post-apocalyptic cyborg samurai in RAI #10. A mysterious power rises from the era before New Japan, but is the reemergence of this force for good, or something a shade darker?

Please note that there may be minor spoilers for RAI #10 below. If you want to avoid them completely, skip right to the end where you’ll find a glowing recommendation.

There is no doubt whatsoever that RAI is Valiant’s best title right now, and in my mind one of the top three titles on the racks (it’s certainly the most consistent in quality). Which brings me to a strange conundrum; the consistency and quality of the book is such that beyond talking about the plot itself, there’s little that I haven’t already written about the comic left to say.

It’s honestly a lovely situation to be in.

The following two paragraphs are taken from my review of the previous issue, not because I’m lazy, but because rather than rewrite the same thing in a different way, I’m being economical with our time. If you read the review of the last issue then you can skip them – if not, then you should really check it out.

There’s no question in my mind anymore that Rai is one of the absolute best series from any publisher currently being published. It is unquestionably Valiant’s best. The first volume of the series has been collected in trade, and you can find my reviews of the first, second, third, and fourth issues at those links. Initially, the series took me by surprise – given how much I loved the precursor, 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 has the inclusion of technology in our lives and the potential future we face with an over-reliance on the devices in our hands, pockets, and on our wrists. 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 perspective, and I know there’s too much technology in my life already.

The core concept of the series has been remarkably simple in that Rai and his younger brother figure who is also an older model android, Raijin (it’s not actually as confusing as it sounds, but to fully understand it you may want to circle back through the first volume of Rai written by Matt Kindt), are searching for Offspirng. 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 either a whole story or the first (or second) half of one. It’s in these single issues that Abnett explores the various subtexts that lend themselves so well to science fiction.

Back with me?

Okay. After RAI #9 left our heroes confronting a positronic citizen who had absorbed two of Father’s Seeds, the issue was slower with more dialogue and exposition in the comic than outright action – that is far from the case here. Ryp has choreographed one of the most fantastic fight scenes I’ve seen in a long time – the dance as Rai faces off again Fusion across multiple panels and pages is worth picking up the comic for alone. It’s a fantastic piece of artwork that, and Abnett lets the art do the talking as there’s very little words on the page as the two warriors face off in a a deadly duel.

His detailed yet gentle style has always been among my favourite art styles for action books, and the lack of heavy inking only serves to emphasize the beauty of the art. Coloured by Andrew Dalhouse, the visual presentation of the book is near flawless – which should not shock readers at this point. The comic is a masterpiece from start to finish.

We also get to see the results of Spylocke’s digital war against Bloodfather, or the Red King, as he finally has a lock on her location – the culmination of that subplot had me grinning from ear to ear as the comic came to a close, though I was left with the deeply unsatisfying feeling of having to wait an unknown amount of time for the story to continue.

With RAI #10, Abnett, Ryp, Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe have, yet again, delivered a phenomenal comic; if you’ve not been reading the book so far, then this is an excellent time to pick up the trades and find out what you’ve been missing. RAI #10, the conclusion to the first volume of the story is every bit as good as the previous nine issues, with only one slight flaw: the next volume doesn’t start next month.

This series has become one of my absolute favourites, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. I just hope I don’t need to wait too long.

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

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Live #3

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Black Cat #1 (Marvel) – The previous volume of the series was a lot of fun so that alone has us interested. The fact that it immediately ties into King in Black has us a bit nervous. But, crossing our fingers!

Blade Runner 2029 #1 (Titan Comics) – The cult series gets a new volume.

Canuck Beyond #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Captain Canuck has been a bit more of a wholesome superhero series and this new series throws the Canadian hero into another dimension!

The Expanse #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The television series comes to comics. The new limited series takes place between season 4 and 5 of the Amazon series.

Post Americana #1 (Image Comics) – The elite are who have made it to survival bunkers and there’s one person standing in the way of their attempt to subjugate the survivors.

Power Rangers #2 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re new to the property, it’s still a great time to dive in! The first issue was a lot of fun with some great art.

RAI #10 (Valiant) – One of the best monthly comics coming out right now. It’s never too late to find out why!

Red X-Mas #1 (Scout Comics) – When Mrs. Claus dies in a tragic toy accident, Santa vows to make all those little brats pay!

Sam & His Talking Gun #1 (Scout Comics) – A tale of revenge. Brother vs. brother!

Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #1 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume of the series was fantastic mixing humor with enough to make you think. We’re hoping for more in this new volume.

Sh*tshow #1 (Scout Comics) – A mysterious force destroyed the world’s heroes and when it returns, one of the remaining must get sober to stop it.

Taarna #1 (Heavy Metal) – The classic Heavy Metal property is back!

Taskmaster #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun mixing action and humor.

We Live #3 (AfterShock) – One of the best new series of the year continues! Amazing art, great storytelling, this is one to catch up on if you haven’t.

Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood #2 (Marvel) – An anthology series from Marvel, the first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting more of the same.

Preview: RAI #10

RAI #10

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by JUAN JOSÈ RYP, BEN LOBEL
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by NETHO DIAZ
Cover B by ROBERT DE LA TORRE
Preorder Variant Cover by JOSÈ LADRÖNN
On Sale December 16th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

The “Wild Frontiers” explode in Dan and Juan’s thrilling climax to the sci-fi epic of 2020!

It’s the final standoff against Fusion and the denizens of New Ur with our post-apocalyptic cyborg samurai.

A mysterious power rises from the era before New Japan, but is the reemergence of this force for good, or something a shade darker?

RAI #10

Review: RAI #9

RAI #9

The critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic epic races onward in RAI #9! As Rai faces his strongest foe yet, the curtain is pulled back on this sci-fi world, revealing the dark secrets that lurk underneath. Rai and Raijin believe they’ve found sanctuary in the city of New Ur. Meanwhile, Spylocke determines there may be one last hope to defeat Bloodfather: Ray Garrison. Can she reach the former one-many army or has he succumbed to their arch nemesis?

There is no doubt whatsoever that RAI is Valiant’s best title right now, and in my mind one of the top three titles on the racks (it’s certainly the most consistent in quality). Which brings me to a strange conundrum; the consistency and quality of the book is such that beyond talking about the plot itself, there’s little that I haven’t already written about the comic left to say.

It’s honestly a lovely situation to be in.

The following two paragraphs are taken from my review of the previous issue, not because I’m lazy, but because rather than rewrite the same thing in a different way, I’m being economical with our time. If you read the review of the last issue then you can skip them – if not, then you should really check it out.

There’s no question in my mind anymore that Rai is one of the absolute best series from any publisher currently being published. It is unquestionably Valiant’s best. The first volume of the series has been collected in trade, and you can find my reviews of the first, second, third, and fourth issues at those links. Initially, the series took me by surprise – given how much I loved the precursor, 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 has the inclusion of technology in our lives and the potential future we face with an over-reliance on the devices in our hands, pockets, and on our wrists. 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 perspective, and I know there’s too much technology in my life already.

The core concept of the series has been remarkably simple in that Rai and his younger brother figure who is also an older model android, Raijin (it’s not actually as confusing as it sounds, but to fully understand it you may want to circle back through the first volume of Rai written by Matt Kindt), are searching for Offspirng. 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 either a whole story or the first (or second) half of one. It’s in these single issues that Abnett explores the various subtexts that lend themselves so well to science fiction.

Back with me?

Okay. After RAI #8 left our heroes confronting a positronic citizen who had absorbed two of Father’s Seeds, RAI #9 picks up as Rai, Raijin and their human companion Alice enter New Ur to learn more about this potential new ally in the war for the planet’s freedom. It’s a slightly slower issue than we’ve seen before, but no less engaging as Raijin tries to puzzle out what his brother is thinking whilst navigating the city’s prejudice to any non-positronic being. Specifically, Alice, who Raijin is determined to protect. There are some great moments in the book, brought to life by Juan José Ryp in is insanely detailed art style; it constantly amazes me how much he packs into each panel and yet it never distracts from what he wants your eye to be drawn to – it’s a unique balance that Ryp strikes, and it elevates every comic he works on.

His detailed yet gentle style has always been among my favourite art styles for action books, and the lack of heavy inking only serves to emphasize the beauty of the art. Man, Ryp’s art is every bit as good as the story, and elevates the comic to an entirely new level. Coloured by Andrew Dalhouse, the visual presentation of the book is near flawless. I’ve been a huge fan of both Ryp and Dalhouse ever since I first saw their work in a Valiant book, and I have never been disappointed by either man’s work; this book, much like every other in the series, is no exception.

There’s a less immediate threat present in RAI #9, but it’s still present just below the surface, giving the comic a sense of building tension that we’ll see playout in the not too distant future (possibly, for example, Rai #10) as Raijin, Alice and Rai find themselves caught in a situation that they may need to fight their way out of.

The subplot of the comic finds Spylocke trying to rescue what’s left of Bloodshot’s mind from deep within Father’s AI in the hopes that the former soldier can assist them in the war to come. It’s a very digitized segment, and much like any images depicting future hacking (or even a visual interpretation of hacking that’s more than a person at a keyboard), you’ll see some strangely sweeping images that wouldn’t look out of place in a comic about LSD and acid. It’s a unusual combination, but one that’s entirely welcome for the juxtaposition in the images it creates in the comic.

With RAI #9, Abnett, Ryp, Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe have, yet again, delivered a phenomenal comic; if you’ve not been reading the book so far, then this is an excellent time to pick up the trades and find out what you’ve been missing.

Hint: it’s great.

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

Story: 9.4 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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