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Skybound is celebrating 20 years of Invincible with new ways to discover it again!

It’s been 20 years since Invincible hit stands and Skybound has released new ways for you to experience the groundbreaking series!

We dive in and take a look at the comic that started it all, Invincible #1!

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Cory Walker
Color: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Robert Kirkman

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Discover the Shocking Revelations in the Series Finale of Keanu Reeves’ Record-Shattering Series BRZRKR in March 2023

BOOM! Studios has announced the final issue of the record-breaking hit comic book series BRZRKR by the iconic Keanu Reeves and NYT bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins. Discover the shocking and epic conclusion to this global hit series in BRZRKR #12, unfolding the final chapter of the story that’s sold over a million copies, this March 2023!

The epic conclusion to the groundbreaking original series is finally here! Caldwell’s master plan is revealed, setting up one final showdown with B. and Diana. At the end of all things, the immortal warrior finds himself faced with a challenge that even he might not endure. And if he does succeed… what will remain of him when there are no more battles left to fight?

BRZRKR #12 features main and variant cover art by series artist Garney and series writer Kindt, as well as variant covers by highly acclaimed artists Alex Maleev and internet sensation BossLogic.

It’s a shocking first look at the vicious battle in BRZRKR #11

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the penultimate issue of the record-breaking hit comic book series BRZRKR by the iconic Keanu Reeves and NYT bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins. Continuing in BRZRKR #11, discover the unfolding final chapter of the epic story that’s sold over a million copies, this December 21st!

A vicious battle returns us to where it all began!  It’s cult forces vs. Black Ops as B. travels to the metaphysical Blue Plane with Diana’s help. And as the series approaches an explosive close, is B. finally near the end of his fatal goal, or will his violent efforts be in vain? The mindblowing ending of this epic, blockbuster series is nearly here!

BRZRKR #11 features main and variant cover art by series artist Garney with Crabtree and variant covers by highly acclaimed artists David Rubín with Fahriza Kamaputra, and Raúl Allén.

 BRZRKR #11

Furious Revelations Revealed in Your First Look at BRZRKR #10

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the newest issue in the final story arc of the record-breaking hit comic book series BRZRKR by the iconic Keanu Reeves and co-writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins. Continuing in BRZRKR #10, discover the unfolding final chapter of the epic story that’s sold over a million copies, this September 21st!

As B.’s full fury is unleashed, a new discovery promises to bring the answers he’s been seeking for centuries. But as the team travels to uncover the mysteries of B.’s birth once and for all, will Caldwell finally reveal his master plan? There are just three issues left in the saga of this immortal warrior, as writers Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt build towards a conclusion that will blow fans’ minds!

BRZRKR #10 features main and variant cover art by series artist Garney and Crabtree and variant covers by acclaimed artists Kevin Eastman with colors by Fahriza Kamaputra, and Ariel Olivetti.

BRZRKR #10

SDCC 2022: BAIT and BRZRKR debuts an Exclusive Capsule Collection and Variants by Tradd Moore

BAIT comes together with Eisner Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios for an all-new capsule collection for BRZRKR – the comic series created and co-written by film icon Keanu Reeves, co-written by NYT bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins.

Debuting exclusively at Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, the first collaboration between BAIT and BOOM! Studios features all-new BRZRKR artwork by revolutionary comics artist Tradd Moore, who instantly became one of the industry’s most recognizable and sought-after talents with his comics debut, Image Comics’ The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, in 2011 before going on to deliver critically acclaimed runs on Marvel’s Silver Surfer: Black, All-New Ghost Rider, and more over the ensuing decade. 

In tandem with the capsule collection, BAIT will also debut its first comic book exclusive of all time with two, highly limited BRZRKR #1 x BAIT variant covers featuring Moore’s new artwork. These SDCC-exclusive printings of BRZKR #1 will feature both color (limited to 1000) and B&W (limited to 600) variations of Moore’s artwork and will be made available individually or as a set at the BAIT booth (#4145).

The BAIT x BRZRKR collaboration will coincide with several seismic events for the record-setting comics franchise at Comic-Con, including “Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR: The Immortal Saga Continues” panel presentation in Hall H on Friday, July 22 from 3 – 4 pm PT, featuring Reeves and his fellow creators as they detail what’s next for his half-mortal, half-god warrior on page and screen.

Underrated: The Sixth Gun

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Sixth Gun Volume One.


Published by Oni Press, The Sixth Gun  was written by Cullen Bunn and features art by Brian Hurtt. This week we’re looking at the first 11 issues collected in the hardcover (which would have been two trade paperbacks from what I.m understanding). I picked up the hardcover used for just under $20

So what’s the story about?

During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way. But the guns have a power… and a destiny… more terrifying than anyone imagines.

Before we get into the meat of the comic, physically this hardcover is a beast. It’s big enough that it won’t fit into an Ikea Kallax shelf unless you tip it on the side, which should give you an idea (assuming you know the size of those shelves). I went on a pretty strong Western kick over the last year or two, in no small part because of the videogame Red Dead Redemption II, and so I found myself quite excited when I found the first eleven issues of the series in one giant hardcover. Admittedly, I’ll probably continue the series in softcover – not because of the cost of the hardcover, but the size. It’s half an inch too big for my shelves, but that size does make it so much easier to enjoy the art work compared to a regular size comic or trade paperback.

And man, the artwork is good. Brian Hurtt illustrates and colours the first five issues, and is joined by colourist Bill Crabtree for the following six chapters of a fairly fast paced western story with supernatural elements. It’s a story that is perfect for comic book form. I’ve honestly no idea how hard this book is to find because I picked it up in a used store that just happened to have it for $20 (based on the ever reliable Amazon pricing, this was a great price), but if you can find either the trades, the hardcover, or even the floppy issues from your comic shop, then this is a fantastic read.


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100. Eventually.

The Stunning Conclusion Begins in BRZRKR #9 in June

BOOM! Studios has announced the launch of the final story arc of the record-breaking hit comic book series BRZRKR by the iconic Keanu Reeves and co-writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins. Beginning in BRZRKR #9, discover the final chapter of the epic story that’s sold over a million copies, this June!

The highly acclaimed creative team unleashes the climatic new story arc that finally reveals the long-hidden secrets of B.’s past… and uncovers shocking revelations that will change his future forever! From the ancient mysteries of his origins to the present-day machinations of Caldwell’s master plan… B.’s entire journey has been leading to this moment. 

BRZRKR #9 features main cover art by series artist Garney and variant covers by acclaimed artists Mike Del Mundo and Humberto Ramos.

The Best Comics of 2021

2021 was another strange year for the comic industry which saw a lot of changes in almost too many ways to count.

But, despite all of those changes, there were some amazing comics released.

Here’s 10 that stood out to me from the year.

The full list of everything that stood out from the year!

Graphic Policy’s team’s “best of” lists!

The 10 from the video:

Blue, Barry & Pancakes (First Second)
Story/Art: Daniel Rajai Abdo, Jason Linwood Patterson

Glamorella’s Daughter (Literati Press)
Concept: Jerry Bennett Story: Charles J. Martin
Art: Jerry Bennett Letterer: Charles J. Martin Sensitivity Editor: Brandy Williams

BRZRKR (BOOM! Studios)
Story: Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt Art: Ron Garney
Color: Bill Crabtree Letterer: Clem Robins

Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? (Albatross Funnybooks)
Story: Harold Schechter, Eric Powell Art: Eric Powell

The Other History of the DC Universe (DC Comics)
Story: John Ridley Layouts: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Finishes: Andrea Cucchi Color: José Villarrubia Letterer: Steve Wands

Robin & Batman (DC Comics)
Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Dustin Nguyen
Color: Dustin Nguyen Letterer: Steve Wands

The Recount (Scout Comics)
Story: Jonathan Hedrick Art: Joe Bocardo
Color: Sunil Ghagre Letterer: Christian Docolomansky

Shadow Doctor (AfterShock)
Story: Peter Calloway Art: George Jeanty
Color: Juancho! Letterer/Backmatter: Charles Pritchett

Solo Leveling (Yen Press)
Original Story: Chugong Translation: Hye Young Im
Rewrite: J. Torres Letterer: Abigail Blackman

Stray Dogs (Image Comics)
Story: Tony Fleecs Art: Trish Forstner
Color: Brad Simpson Layouts: Tone Rodrigeuz, Chris Burnham Flatter: Lauren Perry

Review: BRZRKR #6

BRZRKR #6

BRZRKR has been an interesting series to read. It feels like a treatment for a movie and television series (which are in the works) but it has also surprised. The story focuses on B, an immortal warrior who seemingly can’t die. He now works for the US government going on dangerous missions while attempting to regain his memory and find peace. The comic is full of action but what surprises is that it also has a lot of heart. Through the action, the series has B reflecting on his past and what he wants in the future. BRZRKR #6 is another issue where B does exactly that as a mission goes sideways and he’s forced to hike to an extraction.

Written by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt, BRZRKR #6 is another issue where there’s a deep sadness about it. We’re again shown the power of B as he supports a mission but it’s the hike that’s the most interesting aspect of it all. The trip takes him through territory he’s been before having him recollect and think about his past.

Along with a fellow soldier, B talks about how he’s a weapon who attempts to find peace but his nature keeps bubbling up. It’s why he chose to join the US military, so that he could vent that as well as hopefully find a way to beat his nature. It’s a discussion we’ve seen a few times but this one reflects more on “sides” through history and who B has joined. We get hints of who he has fought for and it says a lot not about B but what he sees in those nations. The issue isn’t as much about B’s nature but those of the nations he’s aligned with. It’s one of the interesting aspects of the series. It delivers action, a lot of it, but it’s more of an exploration of humanity and our base self.

The art by Ron Garney continues to impress. With color by Bill Crabtree and lettering by Clem Robins, it all comes together to reflect B’s sadness. What I think stands out more are the subtle details as the issue progresses. B is immortal and regenerates when injured. After a pretty big battle we see him slowly healing as the issue goes on. They’re all subtle changes but enough to really drive home what’s going on and tell a part of the story. As B’s internal hurt is made clearer, his external pain goes away. It’s an interesting juxtaposition and excellent storytelling through visuals. It’s something that plays to the comic storytelling’s strength.

BRZRKR #6 is another solid issue. It again takes us into the hurt that is B’s life but also makes clearer what he wants out of it. It also deepens the mystery of those he’s aligned with and is obvious they don’t have his best of intentions. This is a series that continues to surprise as it delivers more than another action series. It delivers an action series with a lot of heart.

Story: Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt Art: Ron Garney
Color: Bill Crabtree Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: BRZRKR #5

BRZRKR #5

BOOM! Studios BRZRKR has been a pleasant surprise in comics. The series spearheaded by Keanu Reeves is a clear pitch for a film or television series (which are coming) but it has wound up being so much more. The story revolves around B, a man who can’t die and has been alive for 10s of thousands of years. He’s a weapon that’s tired of being a weapon and whose memory fails in letting him know his own truth. The series opened with so much action but since it has focused on B, the person. It’s a story of longing and sadness, about a warrior, a weapon, who no longer wants to be one. This is the story of the soldier that wants to retire. BRZRKR #5 continues the focus exploring the many loves of B and the losses throughout his years.

Reeves and Matt Kindt deliver a story exploring B’s love life through the years. We see loss after loss and a bit more why he is the way he is. This is an individual who is trying to figure out his purpose. As he states, if it isn’t to fall in love and have a family, then what is it? While that view has evolved over the years, it’s understandable that someone 80,000 years old would be focused on that. But, what’s important is we begin to question that. Here is an individual that has been created into this perfect weapon. His role isn’t to create but to destroy. So, what happens when he no longer wants to do that? We understand his drifting and confusion as to what’s next.

Much of that sadness is delivered through Ron Garney‘s art. With Bill Crabtree on color and lettering by Clem Robins the art really emphasizes the emotions of the issue. We can see B break as the years go on and he realizes he shouldn’t love and he won’t find happiness. His facial expressions and body language says it all. But, more importantly, the reactions of others is what’s really key. We see the sadness from them. This is a person who has only known being a weapon but he has shown love and kindness to these individuals. While he might be the embodiment of destruction there’s a clear compassion and caring as well. That’s completely conveyed through the art.

BRZRKR #5 is a solid entry in the series. Its focus is learning more about B but really focusing on the sadness he experiences. We as readers emphasize with him more and become attached in a way. It’s surely so that whatever is to come will feel like more of an emotional punch but for an issue we get to forget about the action and instead focus on a person who just wants to find peace. It delivers something completely unexpected from an “action series” and helps makes this series continue to stand out.

Story: Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt Art: Ron Garney
Color: Bill Crabtree Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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