Written by: Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt, Illustrations by: Ron Garney, Colours by: Bill Crabtree.
It’s been at least 392 sessions of Unute talking to the psychiatrist. He is now convinced that he won’t get help until they unlock the key to his immortality. Unute leaves telling her that he’s done for the day, as she then listens to the recording again to unlock anything different, or hear something she didn’t the first time. Will we finally see what caused Unute to be so callous and uncaring about killing or about death in general? Is there more to this “hero” than we know?
NOTE: If anyone hasn’t read my review for issue one, 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.
Another issue released and I’m getting more and more intrigued by the premise. Way back in my first review, I said I hoped it was not going to be a book with violence for the sake of violence. That’s not what we have gotten at all. We have a “superhero” character study on the mental state of someone who can live forever. This book has become what I wanted it to be. We get to see what causes someone with such gifts to fully lose themself to the point where they don’t consider it a gift. To them it’s a curse. Continuing on from the last issue, it’s Unute’s mother who was looking out for his mental health, even praying to the gods to help him find the peace he deserves. Yet it’s still his father who wants to use him for the betterment of the village. This parental struggle comes to a head in this issue in a very emotional way. For what is essentially an action book, it does very well to elicit an emotional response of such a high level. To that, a lot of credit has to be given to both Reeves and Kindt, who are balancing the action with the drama in fantastic way.
Even though I was a backer of the project, I was skeptical at the beginning that this would be more than just a standard action comic. I’m happy to hold my hands up and say I’m wrong, as it stands. If it continues like this, it could be a dark horse that tackles the concept of mental health in a unique way. It makes me wonder what the team have planned for the future of the book.
I’m enjoying the art style more and more. The grittiness of it really does complement the story. With that said, I do feel that the art style has gotten slightly more refined as the series has gone on. Comparing this issue to the first, I feel like it’s changed. Where the first was very gritty in a jagged and unpolished way, this issue feels better with the characters having more rounded features and the grittiness corresponds to the violence that’s played out. Plus, for anyone that follows my reviews, you’ll know how much I love landscape panels. So when this came up in the book I couldn’t help but stare at it.
Overall, this series has become fascinating to read. As stated in my previous reviews I was worried that it would be just an action book which glorified its violence, but the more it goes on, the more I see that it’s a study of a “hero’s” mental health. How being alive for so long and having that kind of power will make you numb to most things. As it is Keanu Reeves first effort with the comic industry, I wouldn’t have expected it to be like this, but when the story is this good, I think he will have a successful foray into the industry as long as he wants to keep going with it.
BRZRKR issue 4 was released by Boom! Studios on 28th July from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology