Keanu Reeves’ Violent Comic Book Debut Can’t Quite Match the Hype


As the finest promoting comedian of the 2020s to this point with a record-setting 600,000+ copies offered earlier than its debut on March third, it is protected to say that BRZRKR #1 from Keanu Reeves and co-writer Matt Kindt with paintings by Ron Garnery will not be solely very eagerly anticipated, however comes surrounded by loads of hype. That anticipation is comprehensible. Reeves is a well-loved Hollywood star identified for his motion movies, together with the John Wick and Matrix franchises, and the premise is intriguing besides—a half-mortal, half-god killing machine cooperates with the U.S. authorities in change for what he desires most: the reality of the way to finish his existence after centuries of carnage and bloodshed. However, regardless of the A-list names hooked up and that glorious premise, BRZRKR #1 falls wanting the hype. The debut provides simply sufficient of a hook past what readers already know and an excessive amount of that reads like one other hard-to-kill, inhuman comedian e book character.

If requested to summarize BRZRKR #1 with one impression, it might be this: Wolverine with some Hollywood glam. In the opening pages alone, there are a number of similarities between Berserker (as he is named in the solicitation) and Marvel’s claw-popping mutant—a barely shaggy and downtrodden look, a basic sense of being an outsider—and people similarities solely develop as the situation unfolds. It’s shortly apparent that Berserker is a nigh unstoppable killing machine. Page after web page of the situation is stuffed with the character killing all the pieces in his path and typically in some extraordinarily artistic methods. While it is definitely aggressive and violent, it is also dispassionate—which is likely to be the important approach Berserker differs from Wolverine as a killing machine.

What’s attention-grabbing, although, is that regardless of the pages upon pages of violence, BRZRKR #1 is not precisely gore-filled. Yes, this isn’t a comic book for youths in any approach, form, or kind, and there are some very disconcerting panels, however Garney does a strong job of imbuing his paintings with that very same, indifferent air readers get from Berserker. People are dying horrifically, however there is a hollowness about all of it, which makes it simpler to learn whereas driving residence simply how monstrous the man doing the killing could be.

It can also be noteworthy how sparse dialogue and phrases are on this situation. Most of the “story” takes place in the paintings with a disembodied narration sprinkled all through in the type of a dialog between Berserker and another person (you may should learn the situation to find who). It primarily serves as a voice over inside a montage of violence and does not provide a lot of curiosity to readers. If you have got any concept what the collection is meant to be about, you then already know all the pieces the narration in BRZRKR #1 tells you. The result’s one thing that feels very like a recap for many who are unfamiliar with the premise.

The backside line is that this: BRZRKR #1 is a number of flash and hype that reads like a recap of the gross sales pitch capped off with simply the slightest hook to drag readers into the subsequent situation. It is a bloody and violent debut that one way or the other manages to be restrained despite its basic lack of subtlety. The artwork tells extra of the story than the writing and it stays to be seen if readers are alongside for a wild, action-packed experience or if that is only a claw-less Wolverine wannabe. BRZRKR #1 is a enjoyable learn, however it’ll want much more than the Keanu Reeves of all of it to make the ongoing collection worthwhile.

Published by Boom Studios

On March 3, 2021

Written by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt

Art by Ron Garney

Colors by Bill Crabtree

Letters by Clem Robins

Cover by Rafael Grampá