Title: 4001 A.D. #1
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Clayton Crain; David Mack
Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Cover Artist: Clayton Crain; Tula Lotay; Ryan Bodheim and Michael Garland
Valiant’s latest mega event is here to continue the story of Rai in the year 4001, bringing with it the same creative team of Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain. With the recent events in Rai, the artificial intelligence controlling New Japan, Father, is being sieged by a virus. The only way he sees to combat the virus is to release sections of New Japan into the atmosphere, destroying those pieces and killing everyone living there. Rai, now teamed with a much older Eternal Warrior on Earth, find a familiar weapon to bring the fight back to Father in space. It’s a crazy start to the miniseries as Crain goes nuts with big and impressive pages showing us things we could hardly fathom in our dreams. People who enjoy giant robots and crazy dragons are going to be right at home. As enjoyable as this issue is, I still was left wondering why this is an event. It’s a direct continuation of the story being told in Rai, so far with the same supporting cast. Beyond the extended recap at the beginning, this is not one of Valiant’s easier #1s to jump right into. It does allow plenty of one-shots to come out of this, but considering Rai is the only series taking place in 4001, we are going to have to see a lot more before we understand the justification of pulling this out of the main series and calling it an “event”.