Berserker Unbound #2

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Mike Deodato Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 4, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 8
7.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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Ripped from a savage world ruled by magic and dropped at the outskirts of a modern city, feared warrior the Mongrel King is found and rescued by a homeless man who guides him through a new land with new vices and hardships.

From the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin comes this urban warrior fantasy series!

  • 9.3
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Sep 6, 2019

    When it comes to any story written by Jeff Lemire, I usually find there's a slower start to where the writer establishes his setting – that wasn't the case last issue, and with the slower pace in Berserker Unbound #2 I can't help but feel that this is a deliberate choice to illustrate the mundanity and hopelessness of the Mongrel King's new situation – Lemire is the kind of writer that has a long game in mind, and I have every intention of sticking around to find out what that is. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Robert Mammone Sep 5, 2019

    Excellent art and some fine, unflashy writing bring a different perspective to a trope that might otherwise bog itself down in the expected. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Sep 4, 2019

    Mike Deodato Jr. delivers some amazing art in this issue. All of the detailed panels are a work of art in and of themselves. I love the visual style of this series and this issue especially. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 4, 2019

    The language barrier is certainly one way to drive the narrative forward as each gets to talk without being understood and you get creative in what's said and what isn't understood by it. Joe is a familiar standard kind of character at the moment but Lemire imbues him with enough personality and life that Deodata gets to work with and make him engaging when he's most one-dimensional. I do wish that our Mongrel King would get a name, and soon, but I'm also enjoying the language barrier aspect and seeing how that unfolds. I doubt it'll be long before some trick smoothes things out there but that would also start to explore more of how things are operating here. It's a solid early installment that has me looking forward to more, even if the artwork is more of the draw at the moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Ben Snyder Sep 4, 2019

    Berserker Unbound #2 is the quietest barbarian comic you'll ever read, and the story is all the better for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Sep 9, 2019

    Its going to be interesting to see where the story goes next, but Im truly grateful that Lemire has opted for intriguing character drama rather than fish-out-of-water comedy, and Deodato Jr. and Martin's artwork alone is more than worth the cover price every month. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comics Bookcase - Jarred A. Lujn Sep 4, 2019

    Berserker Unbound #2 is a sophomore issue that succeeds by fueling the mystery of how the Mongrel King will resolve his problem, chugging steadily along with its characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Chris Egan Sep 9, 2019

    Conan Alone 2: Lost in New York trudges along in search for answers. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Jeffords Jr. Sep 4, 2019

    Lemire's writing kicks it up a gear with the second installment of Berserker Unbound, but it never reaches the height of his previous work, or distances itself much from other fish out of water stories that have been told; while Deodato Jr's. and Martin's color still feel excellent as they carry the story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    But Why Tho? - Mateo Guerrero Sep 2, 2019

    Lacking the self aware edge that defined the series debut, Berserker Unbound #2 sets a mundane stage for our larger than life hero, but does little to live up to Berserker's savage reputation. There's still a chance that a great story could develop in Berserker Unbound. But its certainly not in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Sep 4, 2019

    Considering the lack of originality found in this concept and how dedicated the series is to explaining such a simple idea, it's hard to appreciate even the bright spots in Berserker Unbound thus far. Read Full Review

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