Just the other day, I was talking to some Valiant fans about the role of Rai in the Valiant Universe, and they were wistfully hoping he’d come back soon. So, it’s an excellent choice that he’s the featured character in Valiant’s next 25th anniversary special this year. The first, The Immortal Brothers: Tale of the Green Knight, arrives in April, and the second, Eternal Warrior: Awakening, arrives in May. Each of these special anniversary issues is a one-shot that pays tribute to a particular comic issue that’s significant to the history of the publisher.
Now we have Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe, arriving in June. Written by Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade) and drawn by Francis Portela (Faith), this one-shot will span centuries, and the book that it’s inspired by is the original RAI #0. It sounds like this is one-stop shopping for understanding how the timeline of the Valiant Universe fits together with some surprising reveals thrown in.
[Cover A by Clayton Crain]
Covers on Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe, will be by Clayton Crain (4001 A.D.), Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars), Robert Gill (Book of Death), and Jeffrey Veregge (Red Wolf).
[Cover B by Clayton Henry]
Here’s Valiant’s description of this one-shot:
Rai, the spirit guardian of Earth, has uncovered an ancient tome filled with history’s greatest tales and civilization’s darkest moments. Charting the dawning days of ancient Mesopotamia all the way to the rise of New Japan, the history of the Valiant Universe is laid bare in shocking and revelatory detail. From X-O Manowar to Bloodshot to Faith to Divinity…history will reveal untold revelations for Valiant’s greatest heroes and antagonists!
Look out for Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe on June 14th, and make sure to check out Valiant’s other anniversary one-shots this year, Immortal Brothers: Tale of the Green Knight, and Eternal Warrior: Awakening, too.
Here’s order information for this one-shot:
RAI: THE HISTORY OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE #1
Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe Variant Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | COMING IN JUNE!