BRZRKR #1

Writer: Matt Kindt, Keanu Reeves Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: March 3, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 43
8.5Critic Rating
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* Discover the next blockbuster action franchise from the iconic KEANU REEVES in his Must Read comic book writing debut alongside New York Times best-selling co-writer Matt Kindt (Folklords, Bang!) and acclaimed artist Alessandro Vitti (Marvel's Secret Warriors) in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior's fight through the ages.
* The man known only as Berzerker is half-mortal and half-God, cursed and compelled to violence...even at the sacrifice of his sanity.
* But after wandering the world for centuries, Berzerker may have finally found a refuge - working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent a more

  • 10
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Mar 3, 2021

    Ron Garney does a masterful job creating detailed, tight drawings depicting both action and gore. Bill Crabtree layers these panels using red and blue tones that create a washed out newspaper effect that is reminiscent of old school comics. While light on words, this issue uses the art to convey the story line. And it absolutely works! Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Mar 3, 2021

    BRZRKR #1 is breathtaking. It feels like the beginning of a Keanu Reeves movie, which is fitting since he helped write it. He and Kindts working relationship seems to be very good. There are so many secrets in this comic, and the visual storytelling is strong, thanks to veteran artist Garney. Reevess first foray into the comic industry is a definite winner, and he has great talent backing him up. BRZRKR #1 is an intriguing, action-packed book that will leave readers begging for more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Mar 12, 2021

    Boom! Studios has an absolute hit on their hands with this book. It broke records on pre-orders, and after reading the debut issue, the hype was worth it. Check out the podcast below as well, as our panel dissects and reviews this issue as well. For me, this was amazing. BRZRKR is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Caffeinated Critique - James Stone Apr 12, 2021

    I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. That is all I really want to say but what I should be saying is that BRZRKR #1 is a brilliant opening issue, packed with very graphic action which introduces us to a special and interesting character through stunning artwork. Welcome to comics Keanu Reeves, thank you very much for coming. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Mar 15, 2021

    BRZRKR #1 knows exactly what it is. There are no punches pulled in the story telling nor in the issue. It is a bloody (quite literally) fun good time. This is clearly just the tip of the iceberg in an epic maxi-series that will traverse time, space and reality. I would say you should get on this now before the team turns it into a movie and the books become more valuable than they already will be. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Mar 2, 2021

    A fantastic introduction to a brand new series which holds plenty of promise. Action filled in a way that is more reminiscent of a movie than a comic, Keanu Reeves involvement is clear, not just because the protagonist is based off him, there is a certain style of action that will remind readers of John Wick turned up to 100. An intriguing concept there is plenty here to keep readers coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Mar 3, 2021

    Overall BRZRKR #1 lives up to the hype and is more than just a celebrity slapping their name on a comic book to try and cash in on their brand recognition. This story has something for everyone between its viscous art and fantastic storytelling. It is going to be fascinating to see this story unfold and just where Reeves and Kindt take this character. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Justin Harrison Mar 2, 2021

    BRZRKR #1 is an excellent comic, and I am thrilled to be following it. The action is creatively vicious. The story is intriguing. The interaction between Reeves' star image and the character he is co-writing and lending his likeness to is downright fascinating. For folks on its wavelength, it's a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Mar 3, 2021

    BRZRKR #1 is a nonstop high-octane and explosive experience that delivers brutal fast-paced violence in an accessible first issue, making it perfect for any fan of comics packed full of action. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Mar 3, 2021

    BRZRKR is a violent tale of a god-like super-soldier who craves to be more human and, maybe, a release from his endless struggle. There is more than brutality to the story of this immortal. And yes, whoa, this is excellent. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Mar 5, 2021

    While it really lacks a long term narrative, its still an awesome example of visual storytelling with an interesting take on the immortal super warrior character and beautiful gore. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BGCP - Daniel Boyd Mar 3, 2021

    Overall, I enjoyed getting to review BRZRKR #1. It is a fun first issue that any fan of over-the-top action comics will thoroughly enjoy. It is not going to deliver a highbrow look at what it means to be mortal in the way that Watchmen does, but at the same time it is not trying to. It is trying to be an in-your-face action comic full of fun and it totally delivers on this front. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Mar 3, 2021

    If you want more Keanu Reeves content in your life, this is it. You can feel Reeves' signature energy bolstered by the rest of the creative team and you can tell that everyone had a blast bringing this larger than life character to life. I'm not overtly enthused about this particular archetype or character (especially since this errs a little more to the violent than introspection side), but with this iteration I am intrigued and I think it's a well-constructed comic that's worth looking into. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Mar 3, 2021

    All of this is to say is that BRZRKR #1 is worth checking out if you like breathtaking fight choreography and layouts with an eye for detail with a protagonist, who is a total badass, but needs a hug and not to be treated like a lab rat or go on another mission in service of American imperialism. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Mar 3, 2021

    BRZRKR #1is a solid debut for Keanu Reeves's comic book career, featuring an engaging yet well-worn premise and plenty of bloody battles. Fans of the John Wick series orThe Old Guard will definitely want to check it out, and it's definitely one of the more interesting celebrity-helmed comics I've seen on the stands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jake Palermo Mar 3, 2021

    BRZRKR #1 starts off a huge surprise with how it's a satirical take on Keanu Reeves' recent career. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Calum Petrie Mar 3, 2021

    BRZRKR #1 is not the most original or ground-breaking comic you are ever going to read. It is almost like reading a John Wick comic where his has taken Captain America's Super Soldier serum. I will say it was an enjoyable read, for people hoping this was going to be the next stage in comics, I am sorry. It is very enjoyable though, I look forward to where we go next and what other ways we can see enemies be decimated by an unstoppable juggernaut. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    COMICON - James Ferguson Mar 8, 2021

    Yes, Keanu Reeves co-wrote a comic book, but is it any good? An immortal man rampages through enemy soldiers for the bulk of the debut issue, filling the pages with blood and gore. Vandal Savage meets Wolverine with a bit of John Wick mixed in. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Mar 3, 2021

    BRZRKR #1 is a fun read, but it's going to need a lot more than the Keanu Reeves of it all to make the ongoing series worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Big Comic Page - Laurence Almalvez Mar 9, 2021

    Its not hard to image someone using this book to pitch a movie or series, and honestly, you might be better off viewing this issue (or if this approach keeps up, the rest of the series) as a detailed storyboard for a BRZRKR movie or TV show rather than an actual comic book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Existentialman Mar 3, 2021

    Great read and a quick read, even though this is an oversized issue. That doesn’t mean it’s thin on story, it’s not. This is a great introductory issue. We learn a lot about the main character along with plenty of action. This is one those comics that will have me counting the days till the next one comes out. Well done!

  • 10

    BRZRKR
    Issue: 1

    Publisher: Boom Studios @boom_studios
    Writer: Keanu Reeves & Matt Kindt @matt.kindt.for.real
    Artist: Ron Garney @rongarneyart
    Colors: Bill Crabtree @billcrabtreecolor
    Letters: Clem Robins
    Covers: Rafael Grampá @rafael_grampa ; Alessandro Vitti @alessandro_vitti

    BRZRKR is the story of an immortal warrior offering his services to the United States government as the ultimate soldier in exchange for answers surrounding his eighty thousand year life. But more than the answers surrounding his being, his ultimate desire is that which all others fear, mortality. From ripping out a man’s rib to stab another in the neck with or tearing a man's arm from his body, our soldier holds more

  • 10
    Blackgirl Mar 17, 2021

    so excited. This is a great start, full of action, mystery I WANT MORE. Of course it is attached to my comic collection.

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    Quirky Genin Mar 3, 2021

    Hyper-violent ala Frank Miller does John Wick to the extreme. Has a lot to live up to at this point and it could still go anywhere.

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  • 8.0
    Nickweiser Mar 4, 2021

    Amazing art!

    Story is simple and straightforward. Great cliffhanger as well. I was worried this would not deliver since most celebrities and comics don't work well together. But much like his movies, Keanu is exceptional. Great start. Hope it maintains!

  • 8.0
    Svarietyy Mar 6, 2021

    Great book. Crowdfunded comics is the way forward, Marvel / DC's editorial meddling restrain writers way too much

  • 10
    J. Rabbit Mar 13, 2021

    Story: Good
    Writing: Outstanding
    Pencil/Ink: Outstanding
    Layout: Good
    Color: Great
    Lettering: Great

    The artwork is superb at contributing to the story and characterization. This book could stand alone with no lettering at all and still weave a good tale. The writing only makes this book better by telling two or three stories at the same time while making it look easy.

  • 10
    fenixalasnegras Mar 18, 2021

    An interesting proposal and it was to the point of starting the purchase of this comic, along with my collection of Red Hood, Amazing Spiderman and King in black.
    It promises a lot.

  • 9.0
    cincyfan Mar 8, 2021

    I was looking forward to this and had high hopes but wow this exceeded all my expectations! I don't usually like books light on dialogue but the quality of this story and art made up for it. I do hope the next issue has more dialogue but this is really good

  • 9.0
    Criminology. Jun 19, 2021

    Kinda late to the party, but this was an awesome action comics. Big kudos to the art department btw, because that's a big reason why I liked this so much. The art does wonders with the action here, giving it so much flair and energy. Everything is messy, gory, unpolished and raw and that's so cool. Still although, all those fights are badass as hell, they are actually also pretty disturbing and I think that's intentional. As for the story, well it takes an interesting, but understandable approach and for a person, who reads mainly superhero comics like me, It's refreshing to see a hero, that's openly not fighting for the greater good or some higher ideals. A character like this, fits the tone very well and even enhances it.

  • 8.5
    Punishment Aug 27, 2021

    This was a good start to Keanu Reeves' series and I have already read 3 or 4 issues of it and I can't wait to see more of the BRZRKR's background story. Keanu is one of my favorite actors and that's one of the reasons why I decided to give his comic a try. I hope to see more comics from him.

  • 8.0
    Liem Duong Mar 6, 2021

    Action, gore, tons of blood. I'm in.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Mar 16, 2021

    I think it was a pretty solid debut. Its extreme. Its like a John wick wolverine. But it does seem like it will get to a larger plot. So far so good.

  • 8.0
    Hellblazer Mar 23, 2021

    Not awesome as many are saying it (maybe it is such because Keanu Reeves is involved) but i would say it was enjoyable and quite intriguing. Definitely got me interested for issue #2.

  • 7.5
    ComicWorm Sep 16, 2021

    There's been a running joke about immortal Keanu, and now there's a comic made by Keanu himself on immortality. It's a bit ironic. About the first issue, Yes, it was intriguing. There's a lot of brutal action here, as well as some backstory that should be continued in the next issue.

  • 7.0
    J.A.G. May 2, 2021

    A solid action comic, not sure it is much more than that but they are teasing us along with a back story.

    The art is a little messy at times but otherwise solid.

    I think a lot of the hype is just around Keanus' name being on the cover more than the actual comic itself.

  • 6.0
    Lit-Retreat Jul 9, 2021

    BRZRKR (2021) 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 t more

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