BRZRKR Issue #1 has been hyped for a while mainly due to the fact that action legend, Mr. John Wick himself, Keanu Reeves would be co-writing the entire miniseries along with Matt Kindt. I didn’t know what to expect from the first issue as I’ve never read anything by Kindt before and likewise never come across any of Ron Garney’s art work.
Both of these latter people have worked on issues of Justice League of America, and as a massive DC fan, that raised my expectations a bit. Maybe I should’ve saved the research on the creative team till after finishing the initial chapter.
BRZRKR follows the eponymous Berserker who is an immortal warrior seeking mortality. What turned me off was the gore right at the start of the issue which felt forced – or like they were trying to mimic other more established gory comic-book franchises.
I liked the two-person narration that ran throughout the issue but the artwork seemed amateurish. Maybe if the illustrations were glossy, they might’ve appealed to my tastes. The artwork is not bad but isn’t eye-catching either.
However, Keanu Reeves’ first outing as a comic-book writer is to be applauded. This beginning chapter has definitely been written by a novice author, but at the same time, the central narrative concerning an immortal wanting to become mortal, left me wanting more.
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3 issues are out as of July 9, 2021. There will be a total of 12 and I’ll be reviewing them one by one on Literary Retreat. Reviews of BRZRKR’s issues can be collectively found here.
Let’s see what John Wick and company have in store for us in the next round.