Written by: Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt, Illustrations by: Ron Garney, Colours by: Bill Crabtree.
If anyone hasn’t read any of my other reviews for this series, I do want to state that I did pledge towards this Kickstarter. However I will always try to be impartial in any book that I review.
The doctor has shown up at Unute’s house perplexed by the whole situation. Spending so long talking to him and studying him, yet she still feels so far away to any answers. So she thought as he is so unconventional maybe an unconventional idea is the solution. Building a more human connection might just unlock more of his memories and then lead them all to the answers they have been looking for.
It’s been 2 months since BRZRKR #4, which was the last issue of the first volume. This will be a three volume series, each volume containing four issues. This issue kicks off the next volume with such intensity. My initial criticisms of the book about not wanting it to be a violent “hero” for the sake of a bloody story has been put to rest, as this has developed into a beautiful character study of how tortured a soul anyone would be, who lives forever. Yearning for the acceptance of his father has turned him into a brutal killer, but there’s so much to his character that we have barely touched. It’s a credit to both Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt, that I’m feeling the pain to Unute. They are creating something here that’s very reminiscent of some of Alan Moore’s work from the '80s. The study of how the real world would react if immortals were real, is not far off of Watchmen (1986).
Artistically, I’m getting more and more hooked on the style. At first it wasn’t really for me, but I wanted to power through, and now I’ve come to appreciate the slight grainy effect on it. The above panel was one that really stood out to me. In an issue where there are some landscapes (and beautiful ones at that), it’s surprising at how much this panel took me by surprise. I’m not normally one for silhouettes, but this felt right in the moment, and it’s so clean cut that I couldn’t help but stare.
V for Vendetta (1982), was a book that also struck me for pretty much everything, especially the way it used panels to great effect. This whole page, above, reminded me of that book. The way that the chords are written on the page throughout their conversation, I couldn’t help but think of Etta James blasting out the vocals as I read them. Such a beautiful moment in the book was heightened with its clever use of music.
Overall, this book has not only met but exceeded my expectations, and I’m finding it tough to decide whether to wait to read the rest in physical form, or keep on enjoying it each month. For anyone who is dubious, the first volume is out, and I would recommend to anyone to buy. As long as you don’t mind violence, this actually turns into a clever and well thought out character study that could be a defining moment in Mr Reeves comic career.
BRZRKR issue 5 was released by Boom! Studios on 29th September from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.