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Review: Rai #16

RAI_016_COVER-A_MACKAs New Japan’s current protector, Aboto, slips beyond Father’s control, nothing can stop the unhinged warrior from destroying the orbiting nation from the inside out. To defeat this monster of his own making, Father must create his last and greatest Rai! But when Father’s fallen son and newest champion clash in the the streets of their sovereign nation, what dark information will Aboto bring into the light of day… and how will it fuel the flames of rebellion that await in the year 4001 A.D.?

As the 4001 AD summer event comes to a close, the final issue of Rai that’s tying into the event arrives, and honestly my feelings are mixed. 

The last few issues of Rai have focused on the earlier versions of the Guardian of New Japan, and aside from giving us an interesting perspective of New Japan’s past, there seemed to be a couple of plot threads that would be worth following down the road – whether that was in future issues of 4001 A.D. branded comics or in new series set in and around the futuristic time line of the Valiant universe.

What we ended up with, is a story that’ll tie in with the early issues of Rai, and not the event itself. The problem with this is that unless you have at least the barest idea of what happened in the beginning of the series then the events of Rai #16 will be almost meaningless to you beyond what you read in this issue, which means you’re going to be missing out on a pretty significant plot point. I’ll be honest with you; I didn’t start reading Rai until issue 8 or 9, but I remember reading about the premise of the series before it launched in a UK import magazine called Comic Heroes. Were it not for that, I’d have no idea what the significance of this issue’s events actually meant – and even then, I’m sure I’m missing something.

That being said, the comic is tough to give an opinion on, because although I enjoyed it, I felt that I was missing out  on something. Almost as if I was looking at the Mona Lisa through some foggy glasses.

Rai #16 is a solid issue, and for those who have been reading the series from the beginning I suspect it will be one of the best you’ll have read.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Cafu Colourist: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read 

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Faith #2

FAITH_002_COVER-D_HETRICKTrapped with no aid in sight, Faith is coming face to face with her very-first supervillain! LA’s own sky-soaring hero always wanted to be like the comic book characters that inspired her…but is she ready to deal with the consequences of being a bonafide superhero? And, as if a new arch-nemesis weren’t enough, a shadowy figure is closing in on Faith’s secret identity! How’s that for a cliffhanger?!

Full disclosure: I’m a Valiant fan, and enjoy almost everything the publisher has on the racks, but there’s something about Faith that just clicks with me. This will be a far from impartial review, but maybe by the time you’ve read it you’ll want to read Faith as well.

That Faith is a plus sized woman is going to be something that you notice right away, but it’s far from the most notable thing about the character or the comic. Faith is a wonderful character to read about; she’s a life long comic book fan who plays DnD, and reminds me more of myself than any character I’ve read about before.

Faith #1 ended on an almost cliffhanger that’s resolved in a really satisfying way, with Jody Houser seeming to take several light jabs at the typical comic book story stylings along the way. The comic is jointly illustrated by Pere Perez and Marguerite Sauvage, with each artist handling a different time frame to enable the reader to easily separate the flashbacks handled by Sauvage with the present day pages of Perez; tying it all together is Andrew Dalhouse‘s colouring work that looks as if it came straight from a water coloured cartoon.

Visually there’s a very whimsical feel to the comic, which balances brilliantly with Houser’s writing style – I did tell you I’m a huge fan of the series, so trying to be impartial was never going to happen. There have been a few comics this year that have elicited a childlike glee in me as I’m reminded of why comics are so great – Voracious was one of those, and Faith is another.

I used this Jody Houser quote in my review of the first issue, but it’s a great quote, so I’ll end with it today: “[Faith] represents a group of people not featured in comics very often is important, but it’s not the most interesting thing about her. People want to see themselves in comics, but they don’t want to see a character who is just one aspect of themselves—they want to see a fully fledged person.”

Story: Jody Houser Artist: Pere Perez
Flashback Sequence: Marguerite Sauvage
Colour Art: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided  Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review, although I picked it up anyway. 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

GENZERO_001_COVER-A_MOONEYWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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


Top Pick: Faith #2 (Valiant) – I really can’t say enough about how much I’m enjoying this series. If you’re not reading it you’re missing out on one of the best comics from any publisher being released right now. Faith is a series that’s fun, that has a more positive outlook on things and takes some very light jabs at industry tropes. And it’s visually stunning.

Action Comics #962 (DC Comics) – It’s not often that I read a comic where Superman feels like he’s actually in a fight for his life, so watching the Man Of Steel in a rematch against Doomsday has been incredibly fun – even if the chances of him losing are nil.

Blue Beetle Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I recently dug out the pre-New 52 run featuring Jaime Reyes, and wondered why I never read the series through the New 52 iteration. With how easy many of the Rebirth comics have been for new readers, I’m looking forward to this.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – A new series from Valiant? Don’t mind if I do.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – An incredibly underrated publisher, Chapterhouse have some fantastic series on the racks, one of which, Captain Canuck is a genuine pleasure to read. I’m excited for this spin off series that I know very little about (which is deliberate on my part), because based on Chapterhouse’s track record, this promises to be a blast.



Top Pick: Pretty Deadly TP Vol. 2 (Image Comics) – The first volume of Pretty Deadly was a dark, poetic, bloody journey that featured one of the best creative teams in comics…period. The second arc here is collected for those that missed out on the single issues (or just loved it so much that the trade is worthy of purchasing) and features more striking images from Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire’s colours with a hypnotic script by Kelly Sue DeConnick that will put you in the good kind of trance that makes Pretty Deadly a difficult title to put down.

Island #10 (Image Comics) – Anthologies tend to be hit and miss but not Island. Emma Rios and Brandon Graham have opened the creative floodgates by curating a slew of material from both artists more well known and those perhaps yet to be discovered by a wider audience. It’s also refreshing in that each and every issue of Island defines variety in covering a wide array of genres and material.

Faith #2 (Valiant) – It’s a very warming feeling to remember that Faith has her own ongoing series. Jody Houser provides such a great voice for Faith, blending her pop culture quips with dramatic moments. Maintaing the back and forth art style of Pere Perez during the present time and Marguerite Sauvage doing Faith’s fantasies from the mini series is an extra nice touch and has been played with wonderfully so far.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – Straight from the pages of Harbinger comes a new team of super powered teens. Minus the Imperium title, there hasn’t been much explored in the Harbinger side of the Valiant universe recently besides a few appearances here and there in other titles so it will be very interesting to see what Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela have prepared. This has a very New Mutants type appearance featuring a younger group of misfits so the parallels between characters will be very intriguing to see in how it will be presented.

Sombra #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue of Sombra was a fairly solid introduction to this story of a DEA agent about to throw herself into the middle of a tense situation with the Mexican Cartel. With the introductory exposition out of the way, hopefully being thrown further into the fire is something on Justin Jordan’s mind. Raul Trevino’s photo realistic backgrounds with the shadowy but bright colours of Juan Useche really paint an uncomfortable tone, especially with how the violence felt so sudden in the first issue.



Top Pick: Alena (Dark Horse) – This is a great time to get on board with this horror comic treasure. This TP gives you the whole story so that you’e all caught up before it becomes a live action Swedish horror film. There’s mean girls, a best friend who had been dead for a year and lots of murder an blood.

Batgirl #2 (DC Comics) – This issue should be packed with enough kick ass girl power to wipe the taste of the Killing Joke out of your mouth and combined with last weeks Birds of Prey get you back on team Babs.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer , Season 10, #30 (Dark Horse) – All good things must come to an end and Season 10 off BTVS is no exception. Issue #330 ends this killer story arc and will remind us all why we keep reading and still enjoy watching the reruns.



Top Pick: Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – I’ve been waiting for this series since it was announced and wondering when we’d next see Generation Zero since last we saw them (during Harbinger Wars?). I’m hoping for a new take on the New Mutants formula, and honestly that’s what I expect. It’s also an area Marvel has dropped the ball on, so glad to see Valiant picking it up and running with it.

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s new Atomic Robo, really nuff said when it comes to why you should be checking this series out. I’ve yet to be disappointed by any volume of the series released. It’s always packed with action and humor, and constantly entertains.

The Hellblazer #1 (DC Comics) – I’m intrigued as to what version of John Constantine we’ll be getting. The Rebirth issue gave me some hope, but the real test is with this first issue.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Putting out fun, positive, superhero comics with lots of action and humor. I can’t wait to check out this new series which we got a tease of in their Summer Special.

The Revisionist #3 (Aftershock Comics) – Time traveling fun action. It’s entertainment for a genre that lends itself to all sorts of madness and interesting twists.


Preview: Valiant Universe Handbook: 2016 Edition #1


Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (FEB161914)
$2.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 24TH (FOC– 8/1/16)

From ARCHER & ARMSTRONG to X-O MANOWAR, explore the classified origins and heart-stopping histories of Valiant’s greatest heroes and villains right here with an all-new 40-page handbook – intro-priced at just $2.99!

Jump on board here to discover the staggering scope and epic scale of the largest independent universe in comics! Featuring complete dossiers on Valiant powerhouses like BLOODSHOT, THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, FAITH, NINJAK and RAI alongside newcomers like DIVINITY, IMPERIUM, PUNK MAMBO, and THE SHADOW SEVEN – plus never-before-seen explorations of far-flung locales like 4001 A.D. and THE DEADSIDE – this essential, oversized handbook is your one-stop introduction to the most acclaimed publishing line in comics! Featuring artwork from a blockbuster cast of superstar artists including Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, David Lafuente, Lewis LaRosa, Trevor Hairsine, Mico Suayan, and many more!


Preview: Rai #16

RAI #16 (“4001 A.D.”)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by DAVID MACK (JUN161911)
Cover B by ANDRES GUINALDO (JUN161912)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN161913)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (JUN161914)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 24th (FOC – 8/1/16)

4001 A.D. TIE-IN! Rai locked in fatal combat against…the true protector of New Japan?

As New Japan’s current protector, Aboto, slips beyond Father’s control, nothing can stop the unhinged warrior from destroying the orbiting nation from the inside out. To defeat this monster of his own making, Father must create his last and greatest Rai! But when Father’s fallen son and newest champion clash in the the streets of their sovereign nation, what dark information will Aboto bring into the light of day… and how will it fuel the flames of rebellion that await in the year 4001 A.D.?

The future as we know it takes its final horrifying shape here as 4001 A.D. mastermind Matt Kindt and fan-favorite artist CAFU reveal the final puzzle piece behind Valiant’s summer blockbuster event!



Moore, Henry & LaRosa Brutalize Savage #1. This November from Valiant

This fall, a new Valiant hero will be born…into a world where survival is all that counts!

Valiant has released a first look inside Savage #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE to an all-new, Valaint Prestige format adventure forging the next great legend of the Valiant Universe! On November 30th, acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and bone-breaking artists Clayton Henry and Lewis LaRosa begin an unrelenting and unforgiving battle in an impossibly ancient land where man no longer rules the day!  With no shelter, no weapons and no escape, one family is about to come face to face with nature’s cruelest laws… Once they lose everything, what part of them will endure? Where will the man inside each of them end…and the animal begin?

Fifteen years ago, the world’s most famous soccer star and his former supermodel wife – pregnant with their unborn child – disappeared without a trace. The world believes they are dead… But, in reality, their private jet crash-landed on a mysterious, unknown island ruled by prehistoric creatures from another time…

This is the story of how they lost their humanity. This is SAVAGE!

Featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa, Jared Fletcher, and Renato Guedes!

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Character Design Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Variant Cover by RENATO GUEDES
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE FORMAT | On Sale NOVEMBER 30th (FOC – 11/7/16)


Preview: Faith #2


Written by JODY HOUSER
Cover A by KEVIN WADA (JUN161884)
Cover C by JERRY ORDWAY (JUN161886)
Cover D by MEGHAN HETRICK (JUN161887)
Variant Cover by JOE EISMA (JUN161888)
Variant Cover by TULA LOTAY (JUN161889)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 24th 20 (FOC – 8/1/16)

Faith Herbert… Prisoner of the Hollywood Hills!

Trapped with no aid in sight, Faith is coming face to face with her very-first supervillain! LA’s own sky-soaring hero always wanted to be like the comic book characters that inspired her…but is she ready to deal with the consequences of being a bonafide superhero? And, as if a new arch-nemesis weren’t enough, a shadowy figure is closing in on Faith’s secret identity! How’s that for a cliffhanger?!

Faith’s headline-grabbing adventures continue here as breakout writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and sensational artists Pere Pérez (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells) deliver the next high-flying chapter to the all-new ongoing series read ‘round the world!


Preview: Generation Zero #1


Cover A by STEPHEN MOONEY (JUN161874)
Cover B by TOM MULLER (JUN161875)
Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PEREZ (JUN161876)
Character Design Variant by ANDRES GUINALDO (JUN161878)
Variant Cover by KANO (JUN161879)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY  (JUN161880)
Blank Cover Also Available (JUN161877)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 24th (FOC – 8/1/16)

Because you demanded it! Exploding out of the pages of HARBINGER WARS comes AN ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES starring GENERATION ZERO from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER) and blockbuster artist Francis Portela (FAITH)!

If you have a problem… If your parents won’t help… And if your cause is worthy… Log onto network #ZERO…because Generation Zero is listening.

Years ago, the children of the experimental strike team known as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers. After years of taking orders, they have fought for and won their freedom. Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future… To fight for kids, just like them.

One of those kids is Keisha Sherman, whose boyfriend just turned up dead after a suspicious car crash in Rook, Michigan – a newly booming tech town that sprang from rags to super-riches seemingly overnight. When Keisha makes a desperate plea into her webcam, the local high school suddenly finds itself with several unusual new students… But as word of Generation Zero’s presence spreads rapidly through the halls, this volatile band of teenage upstarts is about to discover that they’re far from the most extraordinary thing lurking behind Rook’s stainless-steel facade…



Sell-Out and New Printing Roundup

Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings from this past week.

Image Comics

Writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Tomm Coker launched one of the hottest new series of the summer in The Black Monday Murders. Image Comics has announced that the debut issue will be rushed to a second printing.

The Black Monday Murders is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control all of society: a secret world where vampire Russian oligarchs, Black popes, enchanted American aristocrats, and hitmen from the International Monetary Fund work together to keep ALL OF US in our proper place.

The Black Monday Murders #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code JUL168168) as well as The Black Monday Murders #2 (Diamond Code JUL160739) will be available in stores on Wednesday, September 14th. The final order cutoff date for retailers is Monday, August 22nd.



Before Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca’s epic series reaches its blockbuster conclusion, get caught up on the series everyone is talking about! Marvel has announced that Darth Vader #20 – #23 have all sold out at the distributor level and will all immediately head back to press!

Darth Vader has been pursuing his own agenda, but now it is time for the End of Games. As the threads begin to unravel, the Dark Lord of the Sith faces his greatest challenge yet. His deadly trials against Cylo! His machinations against the Emperor! His covert missions with Doctor Aphra and her murderous droids. All will be revealed in this explosive ending – now is the perfect time to jump on board.

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This September, three of the summer’s biggest, most acclaimed storylines are returning to comic shops worldwide with all-new second printings!

Valiant has announced that three, brand-new jumping-on points for some of the publisher’s most acclaimed series have sold out at the distributor level and will return soon with the A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #5 Second Printing, Bloodshot Reborn #14 Second Printing, and X-O Manowar #47 Second Printing on September 21st!

First: Love is in the air when Faith flies into the pages of Valiant’s smash-hit ongoing series for a first date that is going to sweep Archer off his feet in A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #5 Second Printing! Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts and Eisner Award-winning artist Mike Norton present a landmark Valiant tale for the ages as Obadiah Archer and Faith “Zephyr” Herbert’s budding romance erupts into a romantic thrill ride that is going to change both of their lives forever! More crossbows than Sleepless in Seattle! More fistfights than The Notebook! This ain’t no ordinary team-up… It’s Archer and Faith’s first date!

Then: New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and blockbuster artist Mico Suayan drop Valiant’s nanite-enhanced commando into a scorching trial by fire in the Bloodshot Reborn #14 Second Printing – re-presenting the explosive FIRST ISSUE of “Bloodshot Island“! Live. Die. Rejuvenate. Each day, Bloodshot and his predecessors awake to find themselves hunted by the unstoppable engine of destruction called Deathmate. And each day, they die…only to begin their escape once more after the nano-technology inside them repairs their fatal injuries. As Bloodshot and his new teammates begin to understand the brutal logic behind their seaside prison, will the biggest threat to their survival be the horrors that await in the jungle around them…or each other?

Finally: The countdown to the greatest Valiant milestone of all time begins in the X-O Manowar #47 Second Printing – the FIRST ISSUE of “Long Live the King”! Witness history in the making as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and acclaimed artists Joe Bennett and Roberto de la Torre begin the march toward X-O Manowar #50 with a cataclysmic turning point that will bring our world to its knees! An unthinkable new foe has arrived on Earth… They are The Torment – and their name means death. Thought to be a legend by the Vine, they have now become Earth’s violent reality. As old as the universe itself, they have traveled for eons to reach us…in search of Aric of Dacia and the unstoppable X-O Manowar armor. Can Aric challenge a seemingly omnipotent threat with motives beyond the comprehension of mortal men? Will the armor truly be our world’s salvation, just as the Vine’s myths foretold? And is this the beginning of the end for X-O Manowar – or the beginning of something even bigger?


Valiant Blasts into Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 with Exclusives, Panels, Signings, and More!

From Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th, Valiant Entertainment is taking over Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 – and they’re bringing along a squadron’s worth of convention-only exclusives, signings, programming, panels, and more!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside the Baltimore Convention Center at Booth #2008 and find out why Valiant has racked up an unprecedented 50 Harvey Award nominations by perusing a complete selection of Valiant trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for their critically acclaimed and award-winning titles! But that’s just the start of your Valiant Universe experience! For the entire weekend, Valiant will give away FREE complimentary copies of the Faith #1 Second Printing! Packed with the beginning of Faith’s best-selling ongoing series debut and the bonus “The Future of Valiant” Sneak Preview flip book – spotlighting an all-new wave of ongoing series, prestige format projects and standalone events from the largest independent superhero universe in comics – you won’t find a more exciting giveaway anywhere else!

And, available only in Charm City, don’t miss the Generation Zero #1 Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Variant – featuring the awe-inspiring artwork of fan-favorite artist Wook-Jin Clark! Experience the latest “Future of Valiant” series here as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and blockbuster artist Francis Portela deploy the breakout stars of Harbinger Wars into their most dangerous mission yet: high school!

Valiant is also offering fans at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016 the chance to join in the celebration of X-O Manowar (2012)’s 1,000,000th copy sold with the X-O Manowar 1,000,000th COPY COMMEMORATIVE SEAL. Fans who purchase or provide copies of X-O Manowar #49 (any cover) at the Valiant booth (#2008) will be afforded the opportunity to have their copy embossed with an official Valiant 1,000,000th copy seal – designed in honor of X-O Manowar’s legendary achievement and forever commemorating a new milestone in Valiant history – free of charge!

Plus, get ready for signings throughout the weekend from an all-star cast of special guests, including writers Fred Van Lente and B. Clay Moore!

The action continues on Friday, September 2nd at 2:30 p.m. in Panel Room #339-342 with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here – a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

But that’s not all! Peek into the unbelievable stories charging towards your favorite superheroes on Saturday, September 3rd at 1:30 p.m. in Panel Room #343-344 for Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond! With a record-setting 50 Harvey Award nominations, Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today. Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series like FAITH, GENERATION ZERO, BRITANNIA, BLOODSHOT U.S.A., HARBINGER RENEGADES, SAVAGE, and DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE right here with an all-star cast of panelists including Fred Van Lente (GENERATION ZERO) and B. Clay Moore (SAVAGE)! The future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Baltimore Comic-Con!

Then, hang onto your ballots, because Valiant’s weekend in Baltimore is going to hit the stratosphere on Saturday, September 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency for the 29th Annual Harvey Awards! For the second year running, Valiant will attend the Harvey Awards as the single most-nominated publisher with critically acclaimed titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, DIVINITY, THE VALIANT, and may more! With 50 nominations in nearly every category, including “Best Writer,” “Best Artist,” “Best New Series,” “Best Continuing or Limited Series,” and “Best Single Issue,” Valiant is once again leading the pack – and we want you there to celebrate with us!

Finally, stay tuned for a soon-to-be-revealed surprise from Valiant and the Certified Guarantee Company (CGC) that will make its official debut at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con!

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