Reading "RAI"

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I keep forgetting, but no more - during this last hiatus, I had a chance to read every issue of Rai (including the Magnus flipbooks) back to back (thanks in part to Elveen, 'cos he hooked me up with the few remaining common issues I was missing.)

I have to say, it was pretty good, although I didn't read the Magnus issues of the Malev war, so I didn't get the full story there. The "new" Rai wasn't bad, I liked how Spylocke was training him, and he seemed more in the spirit (pardon the pun) of the "real" Rai.

One thing I have to say I groaned at was the line between Obadiah and the last "real" Rai, Tohru's son Takashi, when they were children, fighting over a ninja toy. The line, IIRC, was "Obie want shinobi?" It was too bad that Takashi turned out to be such an arrogant, pompous *SQUEE*. Tohru would never have let his son act like that, had he but lived.

Overall, as a series, I'd have to give it a solid "B."



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slym2none wrote:One thing I have to say I groaned at was the line between Obadiah and the last "real" Rai, Tohru's son Takashi, when they were children, fighting over a ninja toy. The line, IIRC, was "Obie want shinobi?"
I think he meant Old Ben Shinobi.

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greg wrote:
slym2none wrote:One thing I have to say I groaned at was the line between Obadiah and the last "real" Rai, Tohru's son Takashi, when they were children, fighting over a ninja toy. The line, IIRC, was "Obie want shinobi?"
I think he meant Old Ben Shinobi.
Obi Wan was a ninja??? If that's the case, wouldn't the "blade" of his light saber be slightly curved???

Man, Greg helping me de-rail my own thread, right out of the gate!

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slym2none wrote:I keep forgetting, but no more - during this last hiatus, I had a chance to read every issue of Rai (including the Magnus flipbooks) back to back (thanks in part to Elveen, 'cos he hooked me up with the few remaining common issues I was missing.)

I have to say, it was pretty good, although I didn't read the Magnus issues of the Malev war, so I didn't get the full story there. The "new" Rai wasn't bad, I liked how Spylocke was training him, and he seemed more in the spirit (pardon the pun) of the "real" Rai.

One thing I have to say I groaned at was the line between Obadiah and the last "real" Rai, Tohru's son Takashi, when they were children, fighting over a ninja toy. The line, IIRC, was "Obie want shinobi?" It was too bad that Takashi turned out to be such an arrogant, pompous *SQUEE*. Tohru would never have let his son act like that, had he but lived.

Overall, as a series, I'd have to give it a solid "B."



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I think a soild B is good. I remember thinking that it was too bad that the series ended at #3, I think there was some more there that they coudl have done.

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Elveen wrote:
slym2none wrote:I keep forgetting, but no more - during this last hiatus, I had a chance to read every issue of Rai (including the Magnus flipbooks) back to back (thanks in part to Elveen, 'cos he hooked me up with the few remaining common issues I was missing.)

I have to say, it was pretty good, although I didn't read the Magnus issues of the Malev war, so I didn't get the full story there. The "new" Rai wasn't bad, I liked how Spylocke was training him, and he seemed more in the spirit (pardon the pun) of the "real" Rai.

One thing I have to say I groaned at was the line between Obadiah and the last "real" Rai, Tohru's son Takashi, when they were children, fighting over a ninja toy. The line, IIRC, was "Obie want shinobi?" It was too bad that Takashi turned out to be such an arrogant, pompous *SQUEE*. Tohru would never have let his son act like that, had he but lived.

Overall, as a series, I'd have to give it a solid "B."



-slym (thanks again, C.C.!)

It was the least I could do for you my friend.

I think a soild B is good. I remember thinking that it was too bad that the series ended at #3, I think there was some more there that they coudl have done.
Heh - now I will have to track down the Magnus issues where Rai became integral to the title. And of course, I'll have to get the issues in between..... seems I'll be working on a full VH-1 set soon!

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slym2none wrote:
Elveen wrote:
slym2none wrote:I keep forgetting, but no more - during this last hiatus, I had a chance to read every issue of Rai (including the Magnus flipbooks) back to back (thanks in part to Elveen, 'cos he hooked me up with the few remaining common issues I was missing.)

I have to say, it was pretty good, although I didn't read the Magnus issues of the Malev war, so I didn't get the full story there. The "new" Rai wasn't bad, I liked how Spylocke was training him, and he seemed more in the spirit (pardon the pun) of the "real" Rai.

One thing I have to say I groaned at was the line between Obadiah and the last "real" Rai, Tohru's son Takashi, when they were children, fighting over a ninja toy. The line, IIRC, was "Obie want shinobi?" It was too bad that Takashi turned out to be such an arrogant, pompous *SQUEE*. Tohru would never have let his son act like that, had he but lived.

Overall, as a series, I'd have to give it a solid "B."



-slym (thanks again, C.C.!)

It was the least I could do for you my friend.

I think a soild B is good. I remember thinking that it was too bad that the series ended at #3, I think there was some more there that they coudl have done.
Heh - now I will have to track down the Magnus issues where Rai became integral to the title. And of course, I'll have to get the issues in between..... seems I'll be working on a full VH-1 set soon!

:D



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Elveen wrote:
slym2none wrote:seems I'll be working on a full VH-1 set soon!

:D



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About time. :lol:
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So, that's all the love Rai gets? I'm hurt...



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slym2none wrote:So, that's all the love Rai gets? I'm hurt...



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Rai gets plenty of love. It's that whole Future Force thing. That, not so much...

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Coming in as a complete noob, I always thought Rai was a great character in concept. I just read the TPB, and even though certain aspects of the Valiant universe have been spoiled for me with the inclusion of Rai 0 (and the fact that every noob collection has a copy of Rai and the Future Force 9, even mine), I found it to be a very fun read and I plan on getting them all. I really liked the concept of future technology mixed with older Japanese tradition and garb.

I'm pretty sure I know this from my research, but I'll ask anyways: Was the material in the Magnus/Rai flipbboks ever reprinted? Doesn't matter in the end, as i want the Magnus books too.

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turborip wrote: I'm pretty sure I know this from my research, but I'll ask anyways: Was the material in the Magnus/Rai flipbboks ever reprinted? Doesn't matter in the end, as i want the Magnus books too.
Here ya go.

http://www.valiantcomics.com/valiant/issue.asp?cn=945

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Daniel Jackson wrote:
turborip wrote: I'm pretty sure I know this from my research, but I'll ask anyways: Was the material in the Magnus/Rai flipbboks ever reprinted? Doesn't matter in the end, as i want the Magnus books too.
Here ya go.

http://www.valiantcomics.com/valiant/issue.asp?cn=945
Oh cool, I didn't even think about the TPB! Thanks for that!

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greg wrote:I think he meant Old Ben Shinobi.
With all due respect, I'm not sure you know *SQUEE* from Shinobi.

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BloodOfHeroes wrote:
greg wrote:I think he meant Old Ben Shinobi.
With all due respect, I'm not sure you know *SQUEE* from Shinobi.

:wink:
That's even worse than the joke used between the kids...

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Even though Tohru was the best and Takao was OK but I don't think is potential as a character was ever realized (and maybe it was never meant to be) Obadiah had tremndous potential.

Obadiah had energy abilities through Leeja, and though they were diffrent from the original Rai's it did give him some continuity with them. Plus they were bringing back Japan as a distinct and computerized nation.

Just imagine if the new Valiant continued with Obi and Shooter wrote him?

In conclusion, it seems to be me that Tohru was the best and needed to be because of his role in the Valiant universe. He was to be the great hero of Unity, was a type of prophesy of the hero Bloodshot would be and thus a fitting origin for the Rai's (4th dimensional foreshadowing you might say), and a Valiant's first original character he established the validity and quality of the whole universe, i.e. it was not just Gold Key again. Thus Tohru was essential and awesome but was only designed to take a fall. He also was awesome because Shooter wrote him.

Poor Takao didn't have Shooter writing him and he may have only been a bridge to his son.

Obadiah had great potential and I got the impression they were trying to merge the model for the Rais (Bloodshot) with the tradition of the Rais (Grandmother's protectors) in one global hero. Too bad he never had shooter write him.

So true to Tohru, the history of Rai comics is great but tragic.

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I always thought Spylocke was a great supporting character for Rai. I really liked how they took to him Africa, and had him teach Obi.

I remember reading this series as it came out, and I thought this was such a cool cover.

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Spylocke guarding the BOH's and waiting for Obi to show up one day to complete his training.

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Are you really on your way to another full run, Slym. If so, let me know.

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TKWill wrote:Are you really on your way to another full run, Slym. If so, let me know.
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turborip wrote:the fact that every noob collection has a copy of Rai and the Future Force 9
Well, that, Rai #0, and X-Force #1 and X-Men #1 A-E covers are a pre-requisite for all beginner collections. Must-haves, even!

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slym2none wrote:
turborip wrote:the fact that every noob collection has a copy of Rai and the Future Force 9
Well, that, Rai #0, and X-Force #1 and X-Men #1 A-E covers are a pre-requisite for all beginner collections. Must-haves, even!

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Has anybody noticed that Rai 2 and Rai 3 have the same page? I believe it's page 20. It's the fight between Commander Nakadai and Makiko.

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risingspirit52 wrote:Has anybody noticed that Rai 2 and Rai 3 have the same page? I believe it's page 20. It's the fight between Commander Nakadai and Makiko.
:lol: :lol: whaaaaat?! pic or gtfo (my comics a buried or i would go look)

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ilzuccone wrote:
risingspirit52 wrote:Has anybody noticed that Rai 2 and Rai 3 have the same page? I believe it's page 20. It's the fight between Commander Nakadai and Makiko.
:lol: :lol: whaaaaat?! pic or gtfo (my comics a buried or i would go look)
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Speaking of the Magnus flipbooks, I kind of found it rather weird that they weren't included in the Valiant Masters release. I mean if they can manage to squeeze Turok and Solar into the X-O omnibus, I'd don't know why they'd have a problem with Magnus
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omega_override wrote:Speaking of the Magnus flipbooks, I kind of found it rather weird that they weren't included in the Valiant Masters release. I mean if they can manage to squeeze Turok and Solar into the X-O omnibus, I'd don't know why they'd have a problem with Magnus
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