Future Japan’s personification of justice got his butt kicked at the end of issue #1, but issue #2 starts off with Rai taking out the Raddie brute and continuing to investigate the fist murder in hundreds of years.
He gets some unexpected help from Lula Lee, a teenager eager to meet the legendary, and oft-thought imaginary, Rai. Her assistance comes in the form of her little hobby of making maps of the places she’s been. One of those places just might hold the answer to who the murder victim was, since the victim doesn’t seem to exist in Father’s database.
After their trip to the Raddie-run non-digital all “pulp” library leads them to Japan’s oldest citizen, Rai finds what he’s looking for. But just as he’s about to make some headway in his investigation, Father alerts him to a problem far more serious: Japan itself is under attack. Leaving Lula in possession of the information they gathered, Rai runs off to foil the Raddie plot, which he realizes was their true mission all along. The murder was just a bit of old fashioned misdirection.
Issue #2 closes with Rai in a bit of a combustible situation. Lula also finds herself being sought after, and found, by Japan’s greatest detective, Spylocke. How did he know what information she held, and what does it have to do with the Raddies grand scheme? I can’t wait to find out!
Rai continues to be an immense visual delight. Every panel is absolutely beautiful. The middle of this issue is filled with a double page spread of absolutely stunning artwork. The level of detailed shading and subtle coloration makes the artwork come alive and jump off the pulp. But the artwork alone isn’t the only laudable aspect of Rai, the storytelling is as equally polished and captivating. After only two issues I’m completely invested in this world and its inhabitants. I’m glad my suspicions of how good this book would be are becoming true. This is one book I really look forward to each month!
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