‘RAI #1’: Get An 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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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.