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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Enter BLACKOUT CITY – Free comics!

VIZ Media – Get the Demon Slayer, Vol. 1 digital manga free for a limited time! – More free comics manga!

Reviews

That Hashtag Show – Brzrkr #2
That Hashtag Show – Critical Role Vox Machina Origins Vol. 3 #2
CBR – The Marvels #1
Comic Book – Shadowman #1
That Hashtag Show – Shadowman #1
The Beat – Witchblood #2

Review: BRZRKR #2

BRZRK2 #2

BRZRKR has been an interesting series so far. While entertaining, the comic feels like a blatant pitch for a film (which is coming along with an animated series). While not a horrible thing, there’s a focus on big exciting sequences that will play well on screen but not as much in a static image. The first issue teased the concept of the story, playing out like an opening act full of action to suck you in. BRZRKR #2 dials things back a bit focusing on its main character B and giving us an origin story somewhat.

Now working for the US government, the immortal B is an ultimate warrior able to get into harm’s way, take damage, and eventually heal. The first issue hinted at it, but it’s BRZRKR #2 where we experience the profound sadness B has experienced in his life. With a story by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt, the second issue has B talking to a doctor recounting what he remembers of his life. He talks about his early years and what he was told about his birth. While specifics aren’t given, there are hints as to the character’s origin and where his immortality comes from.

What we learn about B is that he was a warrior from birth. There’s a “feral” nature about him. And, like any weapon, he needs to be focused and pointed in the right direction. Without that sort of guidance, he seems to fall deep into the death and destruction he’s fueled by. We also get a sense this isn’t the life he wants. There are some interesting phrases thrown out and discussions, but it’s clear B is tired of his very long life. There’s some sympathy conveyed and empathy for us to give towards the living weapon.

And it’s impressive in some ways. Ron Garney’s art delivers a symphony of destruction. Blood flies as people are eviscerated in battle in gruesome ways. With color by Bill Crabtree, there’s a splattering of red as B goes on a path of destruction multiple times in the issue. But, the art also delivers a sadness through it all. The visuals show us the weariness and tiredness of B as he recounts his story. The weight of his life is clear in his body language and facial expressions.

BRZKR #2 is an interesting issue. It dials back the violence and action delivering a focus on the origin of the main character. While it keeps up some action, the focus is more on the character than the visuals like the debut. What happens next will be intriguing as the series has shaken up expectations of what comes next.

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

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Robin #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

20 Fists #1 (Source Point Press) – Described as a story about “fist fights and bad romance” that’s all we need to know to get us to read this first issue.

Beatnik Buenos Aires (Fantagraphics) – Set in 1963, this graphic novel celebrates a time in Argentine history when its art scene blossomed.

Beta Ray Bill #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was full of emotion and we’re hoping for more of the same with this as Beta Ray Bill really begins his journey to find himself.

Black Widow #6 (Marvel) – This series has been full of action and we expect more. Solid story and amazing art equals a must read for us!

BRZRKR #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was full of action and enough to get us to want to check out more. This is a summer popcorn film in comic form.

Cold Dead War #2 (Heavy Metal) – War action featuring zombies! Yeah, we’re in for it.

Friend of the Devil: A Reckless Book (Image Comics) – Ed Brubaker, Jacon Phillips, and Sean Phillips return for a new graphic novel featuring Ethan Reckless. The first was fantastic pulp noir entertainment and we’re expecting more of the same.

Harley Quinn #2 (DC Comics) – Future State delivered a new direction for Harley Quinn and this series is putting her in that direction. We really enjoyed the first issue that has Harley attempting to settle in her new role as hero.

Helm Greycastle #1 (Image Comics) – A new Latinx fantasy about a group of adventurers torn between saving a prince or helping the people.

The Marvels #1 (Marvel) – A journey through Marvel’s history spanning decades written by Kurt Busiek with art by Yildiray Cinar.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #25 (Marvel) – We’d be lying if we said we weren’t intrigued my the new take on “The Clone Saga”.

The Modern Frankenstein #1 (Heavy Metal/Magma Comix) – A new twist on the classic tale. A surgeon wants to further medical science by any means necessary. So how far will the young medical student attracted to him go?

My Little Pony/Transformers II #1 (IDW Publishing) – The concept might be silly but the first volume was a lot of fun bringing the Transformers to the Pony’s world. Now, they’re heading to Cybertron!

Nuclear Family #3 (AfterShock) – We think we know what’s going on with this alternate history story but we’re not totally sure, so we absolutely want to read this one!

Robin #1 (DC Comics) – Damian strikes out in his own series and we’re here for it. This is a character that grew on us and we want to see if he can do so more.

Shadow Doctor #3 (AfterShock) – Based on a true story, the series is about a Black Doctor who has to go to Al Capone for money to start his business. It’s been amazing so far.

Shadowman #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – We’ve read the first issue and the entire team has loved it. It’s a fantastic start for the new series and great introduction to the character.

Snatched #1 (Scout Comics) – If you thought the drug game was deadly, wait until you see what goes down in the hair trade. Wait… what!?

Stake #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was absolutely fantastic and a nice take on the vampire genre. Mixing social media with good action, this is a series that we want to sink our teeth in to.

Summoners War Legacy #1 (Image Comics) – The popular mobile game comes to comics.

Teen Titans Academy #2 (DC Comics) – Who is Red X? Lets face it, that’s what we all want to find out. The first issue was decent but followed a concept we’ve seen before with fun characters but not a lot new… so far.

Your Turn to Die Vol. 1 (Yen Press) – The concept is basically Saw with a group of people but it’s so damn good. Check it out if you like that concept of puzzle-solving where you die if you fail.

Preview: BRZRKR #2

BRZRKR #2

(W) Matt Kindt, Keanu Reeves (A) Ron Garney (CA) Rafael Grampá
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

U.S. government Doctor Diana Ahuja seeks to unlock the mysterious B.’s memories – lifetimes of violence and tragedy like no one else who has ever lived that began with a fateful decision in ancient Mesopotamia.

But is Diana here to help him… or is she serving a darker agenda?

BRZRKR #2

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Infinite Frontier #1: Secret Files

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you be doing? Sound off! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comichron – March 2021 Projected Rankings: BRZRKR, Alien, Joker launches lead overall comics orders in extremely strong month – For those that enjoy the race.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Everything is definitely not fine in EVERYTHING IS FINE – Free comics!

Kotaku – Manga Artist Hiro Mashima Is Teaming Up With Square Enix For A Totally New RPG – There need to be more team-ups like this.

Reviews

CBR – Fab #1
CBR – Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1
CBR – Only Hope #1
CBR – United States of Magic #1

Something is Killing the Children #1 is Being Offered with BRZRKR #2 on April 28th

BOOM! Studios has announced that fans of  BRZRKR, the original comic book series from the iconic star Keanu Reeves, who purchase BRZRKR #1 and BRZRKR #2 will be eligible to receive a free surprise eighth printing of the premiere issue of James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera’s Eisner Award-nominated hit phenomenon, Something is Killing the Children #1, available in participating local comic shops on April 28, 2021 while supplies last.

Something is Killing the Children #1 Eighth Printing, featuring new cover art by artist Francesco Mobili, and BRZRKR #2 will be available on April 28th, 2021. Fans who bring their copy of BRZRKR #1 (or proof of purchase) with them when they purchase BRZRKR #2 will be eligible to receive a free copy of Something is Killing the Children #1 Eighth Printing. This promotion is only available at participating local comic shops while supplies last.

BRZRKR #1 Goes Back for a Fourth Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that BRZRKR #1, the historic premiere issue of the original comic book series from the iconic Keanu Reeves and New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins, about an immortal being’s eternal struggle with the hidden truth behind his existence,  has sold out of the second printing at the distributor level! The inaugural issue has already sold over 615,000 copies at the distributor level, making it the highest-selling original comic book launch in almost thirty years.

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced the BRZRKR #1 Fourth Printing will be another foil edition featuring brand new cover art by Rafael Grampá.

The man known only as B. 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, B. may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B. will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.

BRZRKR #1 Fourth Printing will be available exclusively at local comic book shops on May 19, 2021.

BRZRKR #1 FOURTH PRINTING

A Brutal Look Into B.’s Prehistoric Past in BRZRKR #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a brand new first look at BRZRKR #2, the highly anticipated next chapter of the twelve-issue limited series from Keanu Reeves in his comic book writing debut alongside co-writer Matt Kindt, artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins, available on April 28, 2021.

U.S. government doctor Diana Ahuja seeks to unlock the mysterious B.’s  memories – lifetimes of violence and tragedy like no one else who has ever lived that began with a fateful decision 80,000 years ago. But is Diana here to help him…or is she serving a darker agenda?

BRZRKR #2 features main cover art by superstar illustrator Rafael Grampá and variant cover art by Rafael Albuquerque, and John Paul Leon.

BRZRKR #2

BRZRKR #1 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing

BOOM! Studios have announced that BRZRKR #1, the historic premiere issue of the original comic book series from the iconic Keanu Reeves and New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins, about an immortal being’s eternal struggle with the hidden truth behind his existence,  has sold out at the distributor level! The inaugural issue has already sold over 615,000 copies at the distributor level, making it the highest-selling original comic book launch in almost thirty years.

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios have announced the BRZRKR #1 Second Printing with brand new variant cover art by series artist Ron Garney.

The man known only as B. 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, B. may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B. will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.

BRZRKR #1 Second Printing will be available exclusively at local comic book shops on April 7, 2021.

BRZRKR #1 Second Printing

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BRZRKR #1

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? How many of you have already watched WandaVision? Sound off in the comments! Here are some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Marvel’s Avengers, Six Months Later – Anyone still playing this?

Kotaku – Giant Attack On Titan Manga Weighs 30 Pounds And Costs $1,400 – Uh… We will not be buying this.

Gizmodo – There’s Finally a Good Color E Ink Tablet for Comic Books – Hmmm…

Hollywood Reporter – Netflix Orders Animated ‘Asterix & Obelix’ Series – This is long overdue.

Cochrane Today – More than $15000 in items stolen from Rebel Comics – If anyone has information and can help.

Hollywood Reporter – Netflix Picks Up ‘Shadecraft’ From ‘Lucifer’ Showrunner Joe Henderson – This will be one to grab when it’s released.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: In SPACE SWEEPERS, capitalism’s trash strikes back! – Free comics!

Reviews

CBR – BRZRKR #1
The Beat – Embodied
Primary Ignition – Nocterra #1
But Why Tho Podcast – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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