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The Beat – The Legend of Auntie Po is a National Book Award finalist – Fantastic news!

Reviews

CBR – Batman vs. Bigby: A Wolf in Gotham #1
That Hashtag Show – BRZRKR Vol. 1
AIPT – Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death #1
CBR – Locke & Key/Sandman Universe: Hell Gone #2
The Beat – Needle & Thread

BRZRKR Vol. 1

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

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


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Inferno #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.

10 Years to Death (AfterShock) – What happens when the murdered becomes the murderer? That teaser text has us intrigued.

Amazing Fantasy #3 (Marvel) – The series has been fantastic mixing fantasy and superheroes. The art is amazing, it’s just a hell of a lot of fun.

BRZRKR #5 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been a great mix of action, mystery, and some character depth. It’s clearly all a treatment for a film but it’s exceeded our expectations.

Corset #1 (Scout Comics) – A world-famous reclusive fashion designed and inventor invites a girl to his tower where he plans to reveal his dark secrets to her.

Darkhold Alpha (Marvel) – Scarlet Witch must save the Marvel Universe in this dive into the dark mystical side of the Marvel Universe.

Deathstroke Inc. #1 (DC Comics) – Slade Wilson gets the spotlight again in a brand-new series that seems to shake things up for him a bit as he takes on a team as he’s enlisted by the secret organization, T.R.U.S.T.!

Gun Honey #1 (Titan Comics) – A gun runner is enlisted by the US government to get back the escaped criminal she helped escape.

Human Remains #1 (Vault Comics) – Invading monsters have deprived gumans of feeling emotions which makes Dax and Bisa’s love dangerous.

Inferno #1 (Marvel) – The endgame to Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men run begins here!

Night of Cadillacs #1 (Scout Comics) – Rival supernatural gangs come to Earth in a raiding mission to retrieve life-restoring blood from humans.

Party & Prey (AfterShock) – Alan is used to being ignored by younger guys, so he hardly believes his luck when lithe, handsome Scott makes a move on him in the crowded gay club. But there’s a wolf on the dance floor tonight, and he’s hungry for fresh prey…

Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven (DC Comics) – The latest graphic novel in the “Teen Titans” series, this one’s a hell of a lot of fun as the various characters start to come together. But, it’s the interaction between Beast Boy and Raven that steals the show.

Transformers: Shattered Glass #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was good and we really want to see where this “Mirror Universe” take on the Transformers goes.

Unborn #1 (Source Point Press) – On a strange world, five explorers mine for super fuels in a last-ditch effort to save a collapsing Earth, but the mission goes to hell when they are overrun by a hostile alien species.

Undiscovered Country #16 (Image Comics) – Each issue is a wild ride and gets us to think about about what makes up “America”. A series that entertains and has some depth to it.

Preview: BRZRKR Vol. 1

BRZRKR Vol. 1

(W) Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt (A) Ron Garney (CA) Rafael Grampá
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $16.99

A WAR WITH NO END, A MAN WITH NO LIMITS.

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 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.

Keanu Reeves makes his comic book writing debut alongside New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt (Folklords, Grass Kings) and acclaimed artist Ron Garney (Juggernaut) in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior’s fight through the ages.

Collects BRZRKR #1-4.

BRZRKR Vol. 1

Preview: BRZRKR #5 (of 12)

BRZRKR #5 (of 12)

(W) Matt Kindt, Keanu Reeves (A) Ron Garney (CA) Lee Garbett
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

What shocking new discovery will bring B. one step closer to understanding his origins?

As B. and Diana’s bond continues to grow, B. opens up about a recurring trauma from his past.

Will this new revelation jeopardize B. and Keever’s latest mission? Or is it all part of a plan by Caldwell to trigger more memories?

BRZRKR #5 (of 12)

Dangerous Revelations Jeopardize Everything in BRZRKR #5

BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at BRZRKR #5, the start of a new story arc in the top-selling twelve-issue limited series by 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, available in comic book stores worldwide on September 29, 2021. 

What shocking new discovery will bring B. one step closer to understanding his origins? As B. and Diana’s bond continues to grow, B. opens up about a recurring trauma from his past. Will this new revelation jeopardize B. and Keever’s latest mission? Or is it all part of a plan by Caldwell to trigger more memories?

BRZRKR #5 features main cover art by superstar illustrator Lee Garbett and variant covers by acclaimed artists Giuseppe Camuncoli and Declan Shalvey.

BRZRKR #5

Preview: BRZRKR #4 (of 12)

BRZRKR #4 (of 12)

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

What secret in Berzerker’s past holds the KEY to his immortality?

The last piece of B.’s tragic origin and the fate of his parents are revealed as Diana continues unearthing his memories, prompting a new mission in the present day.

Will this one unlock the mystery that is his existence? Or will B. be cursed to wander the Earth forever?

BRZRKR #4 (of 12)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Amazing Fantasy #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.

Amazing Fantasy #1 (Marvel) – There’s some cachet when it comes to the title of this series so we want to see what Marvel brings to the table with this series which brings together classic versions of popular characters.

Barbaric #2 (Vault Comics) – The first issue caught us off guard. It took the classic barbarian type story and delivered a nice twist to it. Add in great art and this is a series we’re excited to read more of.

Black Beacon #1 (Heavy Metal) – An intergalactic space station sounds great to go to, it sounds like utopia. But, when Niko gets there she finds it’s anything but.

Black Widow #9 (Marvel) – The series has been a blast with every issue mixing humor and action. One of the consistently fun Marvel comics on the shelf right now.

BRZRKR #4 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been surprisingly good so far. While it delivers bloody action, it also is a fascinating exploration of its character B and the destruction he’s delivered through his lifetimes.

Groo Meets Tarzan #1 (Dark Horse) – Groo is always entertaining and this crossover has so much potential. We’re excited to see what these two properties together are like.

I Am Not Starfire (DC Comics) – The highly anticipated graphic novel about Mandy, the superhero Starfire’s daughter.

Icon & Rocket: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – Milestone launched with a fantastic debut and we’re excited to see more and this new take on this iconic duo.

The Last Book You’ll Ever Read #1 (Vault Comics) – Cullen Bunn’s writing so we’re interested in checking it out just for that. A hit book is being blamed for violence and bloodshed around the world and the writer is determined to conduct a book tour.

Lucy in the Sky (First Second) – Lucy discovers her father’s collection of Beatles records and is inspired to form an all-girl rock band.

Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #1 (Image Comics) – Mirka Andolfo is one of the hot creators out there right now so any debut gets a look from us.

The Other History of the DC Universe #5 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The series started with Jefferson Pierce so it’s fitting that it ends with a focus on his daughter Anissa Pierce.

Runes #1 (Source Point Press) – A prisoner escapes after a shipwreck and must fight for his life in hopes of revenge.

Shadow Doctor #5 (AfterShock) – The series has been amazing with every issue. It’s the true story of a Black doctor in the 1930s who has to turn to Al Capone to get his medical practice up and running.

Skybound X #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Each issue has been a fantastic highlight of what Skybound has to offer including debuts that are sure to make the issues sought after.

Static: Season One #2 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The first issue was fantastic and was a hell of a debut for Milestone. We loved the first issue which had a fresh youthful feel about it and we’re fascinated to see where it goes after the previous issue’s ending.

Swamp God #1 (Heavy Metal) – At the end of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers call upon ultimate evil to save the South but then must team with Union soldiers to survive the horror they’ve unleashed.

United States of Captain America #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a bit mixed in quality but at its core is a very interesting exploration of Captain America and what the character stands for and symbolizes.

Unlock the Mystery of B.’s Tragic Existence in BRZRKR #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at BRZRKR #4, the newest issue in the top-selling twelve-issue limited series by 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, available in comic book stores worldwide on July 28, 2021

What secret in B.’s past holds the KEY to his immortality? The last piece of B.’s tragic origin and the fate of his parents are revealed as Diana continues unearthing his memories, prompting a new mission in the present day. Will this one unlock the mystery that is his existence? Or will B. be cursed to wander the Earth forever?

BRZRKR #4 features main cover art by superstar illustrator Rafael Grampá and variant covers by superstar artists Christian Ward, and Mirka Andolfo.

BRZRKR #4

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Reviews

That Hashtag Show – BRZRKR #3
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That Hashtag Show – Star Wars #14
Laughing Place – Star Wars #14
Laughing Place – Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #5
Comic Attack – Static: Season One #1
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