Rai #1 Sells Out, Heading to Second Print in June


Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain's Rai #1 from Valiant Entertainment has sold out at the distributor level, and a second printing will come next month with Rai #2. Valiant announced today that the issue has sold through its 36,500-copy print run at the distributor level. Copies may still be available at the retail level, and Rai #1 is available digitally via ComiXology. The sold-out launch, which kicks off the Valiant First initiative that will see new #1 issues from the publisher all summer long, marks the biggest new series launch for the publisher since last year's Unity #1, also by Kindt, which outsold all other single-issue comics from non-premier publishers in 2013. A second printing – with a new cover featuring Crain's stunning, digitally painted interior art – is now scheduled to arrive in stores June 4th, alongside the series' next issue. In Rai, the year is 4001 A.D. Led by the artificial intelligence called "Father," the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father's empire – the mysterious folk hero known as Rai. They say he can appear out of nowhere. They say he is a spirit…the ghost of Japan. But when the first murder in a thousand years threatens to topple Father's benevolent reign, Rai will be forced to confront the true face of a nation transformed,and his own long-lost humanity…