First Look: RAI #5 – Kindt & Crain Launch "Battle for New Japan" in December! ~ What'cha Reading?

First Look: RAI #5 – Kindt & Crain Launch “Battle for New Japan” in December!


I’ve never even heard of RAI before (go ahead, call me out in the comments and ask if I’ve been living under a rock, it’s okay), but the artwork is so gorgeous that I think I’m going to have to check it out. See for yourself below!

After multiple sell-outs and a myriad of critical acclaim, Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain are returning to the year 4001 this December for an all-new volume for the series that everyone is talking about – RAI!

First Look: RAI #5 – Kindt & Crain Launch "Battle for New Japan" in December!

RAI #5 – Cover A by Clayton Crain

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of RAI #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new story arc for the series Comic Book Resources calls “an immersive experience…unlike anything else in comics.” Written by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, Mind MGMT) with fully painted artwork by superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force, Carnage), start reading here as “Battle for New Japan” unleashes a pivotal new turning point for the spirit guardian of the rising sun!

RAI #5 – Cover B by David Mack

RAI #5 – Cover B by David Mack

In the aftermath of the devastating insurrection against Father’s empire, Rai must pick up the pieces as he grapples with the startling truth about Japan and his true purpose. Will Rai remain a champion of the people…or will he succumb to the same fate as the men who carried the mantle before him? And why is everyone looking at him so strangely? Go back to the future as Kindt and Crain unleash a brand new chapter for Valiant’s smash-hit ongoing series on December 3rd!

RAI #5 – Cover C by Riley Rossmo

RAI #5 – Cover C by Riley Rossmo

Featuring covers by Clayton Crain, David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil), Riley Rossmo (Bedlam, Drumhellar), and Glenn Fabry (Preacher), RAI #5 also features a one-of-a-kind shelf cover revealing the true voice of Japan’s spirit guardian! Look for the RAI #5 QR VOICE VARIANT on shelves everywhere on December 3rd. Use any QR code smart phone application to activate Rai’s fully animated talking action!

RAI #5 – Cover D (QR Voice Variant) by Mico Suayan

RAI #5 – Cover D (QR Voice Variant) by Mico Suayan

And don’t miss the RAI #5 PLUS EDITION – featuring 15+ extra pages of stories and artwork that won’t be collected for the trade! Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain, and a host of special surprise guests join forces to go beyond Rai’s latest quest and into the darkest corners of Father’s futuristic empire with all-new tales of Japan’s solitary protector. The extra material presented in the RAI #5 PLUS EDITION will not be reprinted in trade paperback form or available digitally, so pre-order with your local comics retailer to reserve your copy today!
RAI #5 – Variant Cover by Glenn Fabry

RAI #5 – Variant Cover by Glenn Fabry

Plus: catch up on the blockbuster events of the Rai’s sold-out first story arc with the RAI VOL. 1: WELCOME TO NEW JAPAN trade paperback collection. Collecting RAI #1-4 at the introductory price of $9.99, go back to the beginning to relive the events of one of the year’s hottest new series debuts – Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain’s RAI!

RAI #5 PLUS EDITION – Cover by Clayton Crain

RAI #5 PLUS EDITION – Cover by Clayton Crain

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Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (OCT141684)
Cover B by DAVID MACK (OCT141685)
Cover C by RILEY ROSSMO (OCT141686)
QR Voice Variant by MICO SUAYAN (OCT141687)
Variant Cover by GLENN FABRY (OCT141688)
$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+ | On sale DECEMBER 3 (FOC – 11/10/14)

About Author

Julie Hegner has been descending the geek rabbit hole since she watched her first episode of Star Trek at age eight. A longtime fan of Trek, Who, X-Files, and the Whedonverse, it was only a matter of time until hanging out with other geek girls and repeatedly watching Tom Hiddleston led her to the awesomeness of comics. She takes a special joy in reading about ladies who kick ass, but in general anything with a good storyline floats her boat. You can tweet @julz91 on Twitter.

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