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In the tradition of BOOK OF DEATH, ARMOR HUNTERS, and HARBINGER WARS, Valiant’s most ambitious crossover event yet starts here! At the dawn of the 41st century, the future of Earth will be decided in the stars. This May…the rebellion begins in 4001 A.D.!

One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people will thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity… and Father’s control.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…

Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself… on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

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ACover AClayton Crain1
BCover BTula Lotay6
CCover CRyan Bodenheim & Michael Garland7
DCGC Replica Cover DClayton Henry8
EBlank Cover ENone2
F1:10 Retailer Incentive Design Cover FClayton Crain9
G1:20 Retailer Incentive Interlocking Mega Cover GRyan Lee10
H1:50 Retailer Incentive Interlocking Cover HRyan Sook11
I1:100 Retailer Incentive Black&White Interlocking Cover IRyan Sook12
JComicspro Exclusive Cover?3
K2nd Printing CoverClayton Crain5
LLoot Crate Exclusive Variant Cover?4


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I had never read a valiant comic before, but now I am totally into it. This issue is beautiful. The art is some of the best I have ever seen. I dont know anything about the characters, but the writing introduces the story in a way that is accessible to new readers. I can't wait for the next issue and it has me interested in valient for the first time ever. Worth the cover price 2Xs over. Perfect first issue....

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