Rai. Bk. 1

Valiant. Aug. 2020. 128p. ISBN 9781682153604. pap. $9.99. Rated: Teen+. ;. SF
After the orbiting metropolis he was created to defend is destroyed, powerful android warrior Rai and his companion Raijin travel across 41st-century America on a mission to stop the Red King, a nefarious warlord, from using an artificial intelligence called Father to conquer the world. After running afoul of a band of vicious scavengers, escaping the clutches of the holographic host of a display home driven mad by eight centuries of solitude, and surviving an attack by positronic dinosaurs, Rai and Raijin arrive at a utopian human community called Hope Springs—which is soon besieged by their enemies. This collection includes the first five single Issues of the ongoing series.
VERDICT Abnett (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Omnibus) grants Rai, who yearns for a life of peaceful simplicity, even as he ruthlessly destroys his enemies, an impressive complexity, and illustrator Ryp (X-O Manowar: Deluxe Edition. Bk. 2) renders carnage with panache. Postapocalyptic cyberpunk samurai odysseys don’t get much better than this
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