Rai #6 continues the story of the rebellion against Father, the ostensibly benevolent ruler of New Japan. Momo, Lula, Rai, and Spylocke all have plans in place. They are also not telling one another—or their ally Silk—everything that is going on.
Matt Kindt intertwines the plots masterfully, switching from one view and plan to the other, giving the reader just enough to know what is going on while leaving plenty of questions to keep everyone hooked. One of these, of course, is can Rai really make an alliance of Raddies and Positrons work? He and Spylocke both seem to have forgotten about Lula as well, and it looks like they really shouldn’t have. All in all, Rai #6 is an exciting read, and one where plenty of characters get developed, Kindt reveals more of the history of New Japan, and the stage is set for trouble to come.
Clayton Crain designs two new sectors here, the Positronic Farms where the A.I. companions are “born” and the surreal fungal farms next door. It is always worth paying attention to the backgrounds in Rai, and this issue is no exception; for example, glimpses in the background as Momo tells about her visit to the “farm” shows more about the positronic formation and treatment. Izak, Momo’s unusual new ally is a nightmare combination of spider, beetle, and human with what looks like some mechanical overlay: It makes for a truly formidable being—who is shown in one scene sitting quietly in the twilight gardens. Meanwhile, Crain continues to draw Rai with a combination of strength and innocence: He is a formidable fighter, but it is clear he really has not been awake and aware for very long.
Rai continues to be the cream of the crop when it comes to science fiction, superhero stories.
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Clayton Crain
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Covers: Clayton Crain, Cary Nord, Miguel Sepulveda, David Mack, Jeff Lemire
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