Valiant is proud to present your first look inside 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of the summer’s blockbuster event series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, NINJAK) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI, X-Force)! Be here this May as the fallen guardian of New Japan – Rai – drafts the 41st century’s most powerful heroes into a star-spanning battle for the ultimate fate of the Valiant Universe!
In the distant future, Japan is referred to as “New Japan” and it orbits the Earth. New Japan is controlled by an AI, and he rules with an iron fist. In an attempt to weaken him, a girl named Lula Lee drops a virus into his source pool. But rather than simply killing the AI, this virus infects a large number of New Japan residents. This results in many parts of New Japan being jettisoned to the Earth in a desperate attempt to stop the virus. As Lula Lee flees persecution and parts of New Japan rocket towards the Earth, the all ruling AI tries to stop this virus.
I’ve been reading comics for a long time, and I’ve never really read anything quite like this. The very concept is incredibly unique. It’s in the year 4001 and Japan is now a satellite? What the hell? And there’s AI and dinosaurs? There are no doubt many different visions of the future, but none of them are a whacky as that. Despite its seemingly alien premise and setting, I had no trouble following the first issue of 4001 AD. You are immediately plunged into an awesome, far fetched universe. Clayton Crain’s realistic art style brings this to life in a convincing manner, and at no point did I stop and think “this is too much for me”. In fact, the only thing I found myself thinking is “I need more of this injected directly into my bloodstream”. There isn’t anything else like 4001 AD out there, and there won’t be until the year 4001 finally comes and we all die.
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