Exclusive Look At Dan Abnett’s New Valiant Comic Book Series

We have an exclusive look at four pages from Dan Abnett and Juan José Ryp’s RAI #1 by Valiant Comics.

Created by Jim Shooter and Paul Creddick, Rai was Valiant’s first original superhero, making his debut in the pages of 1991’s Magnus Robot Fighter #5. Now, Rai is getting a brand new comic book series by British writer Dan Abnett, the man who revived Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy with Andy Lanning.

Ahead of the November 20 debut of RAI, Valiant Comics has provided us with four exclusive pages from the first issue of the series by Dan Abnett and Juan José Ryp. You can check them out below.

During an interview with Dan Abnett, the creator had the following to say about his source of inspiration for this new Rai series.

“First and foremost, I drew on the great legacy of the Rai character, his previous incarnations in the comic, and especially the fantastic run of continuity that ran directly before me. I wanted this to be a great continuation for long term fans, not a reboot. But I also wanted it to be fresh and memorable, so I looked everywhere, at everything, to find inspiration… to bring vivid and unexpected SF touches to the book, both in terms of content and in terms of storytelling. I wanted Rai – and the ‘new world’ he’s exploring – to be fully realised.”

When asked about what readers should be most excited for with RAI, Abnett pointed out to Juan José Ryp’s stunning artwork as well as the character-driven storylines.

“The art… the strength of the series, the fact that it’s strongly character-driven. Rai combines moments of humour with blistering action and proper surprise twists, plus some really inventive settings. I’d like to think there’ san awful lot to get excited about.”

The award-winning writer also said the following about Juan José Ryp’s work on the upcoming Rai comic book series.

“Personally, I’m buying this book for the art alone. Juan’s art is extraordinary…the detail, the character ‘acting’, the storytelling. I’ve been delighted by every page as it’s arrived. I can’t praise it highly enough, to be honest, and I’m not saying that because “this is the book we’re promoting”. I’m seriously excited by Juan’s art on this, and I love the fact that he’s ‘got’ it… he’s really bought into the world I’m trying to build in the scripts and is delivering it and more besides. Rai has become a real passion project for me – I’m putting so much into the stories… and it’s fantastic to see Juan doing the same. He’s giving me back things I wasn’t expecting so I can then run with them.”

What do you think? Are you excited for Dan Abnett and Juan José Ryp’s RAI #1? Will you be checking out the Valiant comic book series? Let us know in the comments!

You can find more details about Dan Abnett and Juan José Ryp’s RAI #1 below.

Welcome to the 41st century: New worlds, new characters, new adventures. Valiant’s critically celebrated cyborg ronin named Rai embarks on a thrilling quest to save the future.

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

RAI #1 hits shelves on November 20, 2019. Don’t miss it, and stay tuned for the latest news regarding Rai and Valiant Entertainment!

Source: Valiant Entertaiment

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