4001 A.D. #1
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by Clayton Crain, David Mack
Published by Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: May 4, 2016
We flash forward to the time of Rai, where Father is dismantling New Japan. While folks who haven’t read Rai may not have the whole tale, it can’t be disputed that Kindt, Crain & Mack are going big with 4001 A.D.
Clayton Crain and David Mack bring the visual thunder, showing readers a New Japan that is visually astounding. From the intro pages that catch readers up from the events of Rai to the different realms of New Japan, this comic is impressive to look at. Mack’s work is strong, and his style meshes well with Crain’s unique artwork. Clayton Crain is a beast when he is unleashed, and the pages when he cuts loose are epic in scope. His visuals do a great job of bringing new readers into the year 4001 in the Valiant universe, showcasing what a different world it is and the wars that have been fought in the previous millennia. This series is going to be one to watch if for no other reason than to see what Crain pulls out next, and if the final pages are any indication, there’s going to be some craziness coming very soon.
Matt Kindt’s script is strong, and his solid work in the Valiant Universe continues with 4001 A.D. #1. The world of New Japan feels unique, but also like it is the logical progression of the Valiant Universe, tying this series thematically to what we’ve seen in Bloodshot, X-O Manowar and others. This cohesiveness strengthens this title and others, and makes 4001 A.D. feel like the Valiant-wide event it is rather than a Rai mini-series. Kindt sets this story up nicely and gives Crain great opportunities to cut loose, and overall I like where this story is going. He writes Rai and his companions very well and I have high hopes that his scripting continues to be strong as 4001 A.D. continues.
4001 A.D. #1 is a solid first issue in what has the promise to be a very entertaining event. Kindt & Crain are a solid team and this event has the right elements to be big and impressive. Valiant is doing a great job building a cohesive universe that is robust, and books like 4001 A.D. #1 are proof that their hard work since launching X-O Manowar #1 has been building toward some big stories. I’m in for #2 without any hesitation.
The Verdict: 8.5/10