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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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Today’s New Digital Comics Releases Features Over 150 New Comics from Marvel, Image, BOOM!, Vault, AfterShock, and More!

Black Cat #1

Today’s new comic releases are here and comiXology has you covered for digital releases. There’s over 150 new releases from Marvel, Oni Press, BOOM! Studios, IDW, Image, and more! Get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

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We Talk with Bloodshot Artist Pedro Andreo About Making His Valiant!

Bloodshot #10

Pedro Andreo is a name that most of you are likely unfamiliar with unless you read Bloodshot #8 or Aartha, Chronicles of the No Lands. The talented Spaniard is a new face in the North American comics scene, and we got a chance to sit down with him via the magic of the internet and ask a few questions about his work on Bloodshot and how it came to be.

In the lead up to his return to Bloodshot with issues #10 through #12, we talk to Andreo about his upcoming run.

And check out some of Pedro Andreo’s work from Bloodshot #8 and Bloodshot #10 below!

Graphic Policy: How did you come to work on Bloodshot?

Pedro Andreo: It’s been an exciting ride! Back in December 2019 I was trying to get some interviews with editors at a local comic convention here in Madrid and my portfolio caught the attention of Senior Editor Heather Antos. After a lovely chat and exchanging cards, I did some samples. I was super happy! Not long after, Senior Editor Lysa Hawkins approached me to see if I was available to do Bloodshot 8 (BOY, WAS I!) and it seems my work on it was well-received cause I’m still working on the series! 

GP: How does working for Valiant differ from what you’ve done in the past?

PA: I would say it’s mostly about the style and deadlines. I try to do my best work in every page and every issue, so, to me, the only difference is sticking to a more realistic tone and delivering everything on a tighter schedule!

GP: We’ve seen quite a few talented artists on this series over the course of the last ten issues – do you feel the need to alter your style to keep the comic’s visuals consistent?

PA: Not so much as alter the style completely, but definitely I have some big shoes to fill! Given that my style is influenced not only by US authors but manga and European artists too, I’ve had to alter it slightly to keep it more or less similar to the other great artists that have been working on this series. It’s been a pleasure, though, and a challenge that I’ve fully embraced and keeps me learning, improving and enjoying page after page.

Bloodshot #10

GP: When taking on issues with a gap as you’ve done with #8 and #10, did you get to see the script of #9 to make sure you’re aware of any visual nuance?

PA: I didn’t get the script on issue #9 itself, but that’s mostly on me, because I didn’t ask for it (I know for a fact that Lysa and Tim would have sent it to me within minutes). Reading the script for #10 I got the whole picture fast (Tim is an amazing writer and everything is super clear). The plot itself happens a little after the events of issue 9, so there’s little to no elements that carry over from one to another. In any case, they provided me with enough visual references and the materials I needed to get issue 10 rolling.

GP: With Bloodshot introducing characters, KT and Wiggins, from the Vin Diesel led movie in the tenth issue, was there any pressure (internal or external) to capture the actors’ likenesses or were you able to put a little of your own spin on the characters?

PA: Mostly internal, since Valiant didn’t pressure me at all about it. I’m not a very realistic artist when it comes to facial likeness!

GP: You’ve done some work in Spain and Italy – how does the process differ when working on an American comic?

PA: Not a lot, really. The process itself is practically the same, with a few differences on stylistic choices or mediums. I’m going fully digital on Bloodshot, but I worked on traditional pen and paper (no inking!) for Italy for 5 years, so, although the process of the page and the drawing are the same, there’s some stuff you can and cannot do depending on the medium you’re working on. 

GP: You’ve said that fantasy tends to be where you excel at – is there any character that you’d love to get your hands on?

PA: Oh! Great question! I think I would love to work on Shadowman or Punk Mambo. There’s always so much creativity involved when you have to design magic, other dimensions and such weird stuff. Doctor Mirage would be amazing too. Even X-O Manowar or Eternal Warrior have some fantasy side I would love to explore!

GP: Do you have any other projects for Valiant you’re currently working on you can tell us about? 

PA: Not at the moment! The whole COVID-19 situation has thrown a wrench on all the publishing schedules, as you know, so I’m only working on Bloodshot at the moment. I hope we get back slowly but surely and make some more awesome stuff for you all to enjoy soon enough!

GP: Thanks for chatting and looking forward to checking out the issue!

Bloodshot #8

Bloodshot #10

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

Valiant Classic Collections X-O Manowar: Retribution is Out Now

Experience the epic adventure that started it all for Valiant Entertainment’s flagship character in Valiant Classic Collections X-O Manowar: Retribution.

Witness the epic origin story of Aric of Dacia, aka X-O Manowar, originally published back in the ’90s in this digital mega-sized collection featuring 284 action-packed pages from the earliest days of the Valiant Universe. X-O Manowar: Retribution is out now and available to purchase on ComiXologyAmazon Kindle, and Google Play.

THE MOST PRIMITIVE MAN, THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON

Abducted from his own time by the predatory Spider Aliens and displaced to the present day, Aric of Dacia will make war on his one-time captors and any who stand with them. Armed with a sentient suit of battle armor and savagery born in an age of war, he will become the hero this new age demands. Tyrants from beyond time and space, superpowered corporate raiders, and corrupt government power brokers… all will quake in fear where X-O Manowar dares to tread.

Featuring groundbreaking work from comic-book legends Jim Shooter (Secret Wars), Bob Layton (Iron Man), Barry Windsor-Smith (Weapon X), Joe Quesada (Daredevil), Steve Englehart (Detective Comics) and many more, the complete adventures of Valiant’s original armored hero begin here in the first Valiant Classic Collection of the series Graphic Policy calls “a must read“!

Collecting X-O MANOWAR (1992) #0–9, and X-O DATABASE #1.

X-O MANOWAR: RETRIBUTION

Introducing Valiant Motion Comics: Watch Faith Episode #0 Part 1 Now!

Valiant Entertainment has revealed brand-new Motion Comics, and the debut episode is an adventure with the publisher’s most heroic and inspirational character: Faith!

Discover the origin of Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr, and a tale with her first love and fellow Harbinger Renegade John Torkelson, aka Torque. The first episode is now live on Valiant Entertainment’s YouTube channel and you can watch the nearly eight-minute-long story unfold, below.

This animated episode is taken straight from the pages of Harbinger: Faith #0featuring a script by Joshua Dysart, artwork by Robert Gill and José Villarrubia, and letters by Dave Sharpe. Keep an eye on Valiant’s YouTube channel for Part 2 of the story and more Motion Comics featuring other characters from the Valiant Universe.

Check Out Today’s New Digital Releases Featuring Over 125 New Comics from Marvel, BOOM!, IDW, Image, AfterShock, and More!

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It’s new comic book day! There’s lots of new comics, something for everyone, coming to shelves today. You can get the new releases at your local shop or start shopping now online at comiXology. Check out all of the new releases below by publisher or get shopping now!

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It’s the Best of Valiant with this Digital Comic Sale. First Volumes just $0.99

It’s your chance to discover the amazing releases by Valiant with the “Best of Valiant” sale currently occurring on comiXology. The sale features 68 releases and runs until December 3, 2020.

You can get Divinity, Bloodshot, Faith, Harbinger, Imperium, Rai, Ninjak, X-O Manowar, and more!

The first volumes of collections are just $0.99 with other volumes just $2.99 and $3.99. That’s some massive savings of up to 90%!

It’s a hell of a sale and you can stock up on comics for just a few dollars. There’s no excuse and more than enough time to try a first volume and come back for more (trust us, it’s that good).

The sale ends December 3, 2020, so take advantage and save on some awesome comics!


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Valiant Partners with the US Open Cricket to Honor First Responders

US Open Cricket

Valiant Entertainment is joining forces to pay tribute to first responders with new digital billboards at the US Open event run by the US Open Cricket Council! Fans will have a chance to see heroes from the Valiant Universe supporting the heroes on the frontline of the COVID crisis.
 
Chairman and CEO of CCUSA, Mahammad Qureshi (MAQ) is pleased to have US Open Cricket partnering with Valiant Entertainment to salute our “Superhero First Responders” during this year’s open.

Bringing Valiant’s pop culture superheroes and the US Open Cricket’s sports heroes’ huge audiences together to salute first responders is a cause that will be heard around the world. This relationship will also bring lots of fun download activities for families to participate in while enjoying the fastest growing sport in the world, US Open Cricket!

The US Open runs December 15th – 20th, 2020.

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