Advanced Review – Rai #2’s Unique House Of Horrors
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Juan Jose Ryp
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Spoiler alert! This review does contain spoilers for December’s Rai #2 from Valiant Entertainment.
This second issue of Rai continues the story of Rai and his younger counterpart wandering the wastelands of the future Earth but none could be ready for what’s waiting them….a model house of horrors? They stumble upon a house within the midst of the wreckage of their current world that’s nicely kept and the bots within have kept it nice and clean for the right person who wants to call it home, whether they want to stay or not.
Dan Abnett delivers a really off-beat story, one that I felt was the right parts eerie, unique and entertaining. And I’m loving the character work in this series because Rai isn’t quite human but he’s trying to be as human as he can be with his emotions and reactions. We get more of that with this issue. Father, the evil creator of the various versions of Rai, has components-of-sorts that can bring him back to full power and this issue continued that story element and while we didn’t see Father in this issue, but he’s
This issue of Rai was penciled by Juan Jose Ryp and in terms of the art, this one ends up being another absolutely stunning issue. He’s easily my favorite artist working on Valiant material and one of the best currently in the industry. Andrew Dalhouse does a superb job of coloring his work. I feel the colors are really quite vibrant. Dave Sharpe’s are the last piece of the total package and his work always helps compliment any issue he works on.
My biggest compliment to this is that it’s a rather nice done-in-one. While there’s a larger story at play, this issue has its focus in one place. Modern comics are written for the trade but it wasn’t always that way, so it’s nice having issues like this one. One thing I have really liked with this series have been the covers. I especially liked the B cover from artist Dave Johnson. Overall, it’s a great issue and one can only hope that it lands in the hands of readers looking for a quality issue.