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‘BRZRKR #1:’ Advance Comic Book Review

At some point, Keanu Reeves went to BOOM! Studios with an idea, and they hooked him up with creator Matt Kindt. The creative partnership was born that would kick off BRZRKR, one of the most highly anticipated comic books in quite some time. I personally have loved this period of both Reeve’s and Kindt’s careers. To see them team up is both unexpected and yet somehow perfect. Together, along with Ron Garney and Rob Crabtree, they have given us what may be the most violent comic book that I’ve seen since Kick-Ass, but also a character that reminds me of the heyday of Wolverine, near the beginning of comic book series. Our hero is drawn to violence, just as much as violence is drawn to him. Make no mistake: As with most of Reeve’s and Kindt’s work, amidst the chaos and blood-soaked panels beats a very human story.

For those who didn’t see the series’ Kickstarter or any of its advertisements, our hero in BRZRKR is almost timeless, and during that time he has lived to kill. Despite that, as each page turned, artist Ron Garney provided a thrilling, new boundary that the character could be pushed past. In case you were wondering… that most definitely is Keanu Reeves as drawn by Garney.

Our nameless hero now has a symbiotic relationship with the U.S. government, but I’ll let you discover what those elements are on your own. This first issue is about the visceral experience – and showing the reader what he’s capable of. Whatever you’re expecting, expect more.

I’ve been looking at Garney’s art since the ’90s. The guy is great, and the action scenes (and everything in between), along with Crabtree’s colors, really make the important moments pop.

Is this series as good as everyone was hoping? It’s off to a pretty great start! If you want it, you’d better grab it. Something tells me that despite the large quantity of prints being made available, it’s going to sell out fast.

Creative Team: Keanu Reeves (created by), Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt (written by), Ron Garney (illustrated by), Bill Crabtree (colored by), Clem Robins (lettered by), Michelle Ankley (designer), Eric Harburn and Matt Gagnon (editors), Ramiro Portnoy (Assistant Editor)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
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Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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