The lone survivor of Olos, a long-dead empire that once thrived, tells a tale of B.’s distant past, and the death and cataclysm he brought forth. But what else did B. find that could have driven him to such violence? The heart is as much a weapon as any in B.’s arsenal… BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 delivers a new entry in the myth of B, a solid comic anyone can enjoy.
When it comes to BRZRKR overall, I’ve been impressed. It’s a series that felt like a stalled movie pitch from Keanu Reeves when it started but it delivered far more than action and adventure and turned out to be a solid comic series. The world of B has expanded since then with BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 being the latest entry and again, it stands out in so many ways.
Written by Mattson Tomlin, BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 is a comic any reader can pick up and enjoy. While knowing some of B’s history could help, it’s not needed for what is a symphony of violence. Action, betrayal, death, and destruction wait within the pages as we are told the tale of a fallen empire, one destroyed by B.
Tomlin does a fantastic job of delivering not just destruction and a build up to it but a series of twists and turns that add so much with each reveal. It’s a story that pays off at every moment even to the last panel. Like the main series this spun out of, the comic is far more than just one action sequence after another and by the end you feel for B and the manipulation he was put through. To make the bringer of death so sympathetic is impressive.
The art by Rebekah Isaacs is great. Joined by Dee Cunniffe on color and Becca Carey on lettering, the comic’s visual is packed with blood and destruction but doesn’t focus on it. There’s some shocking moments that hit home the strength and animalistic nature of B but it never distracts. The bodies, the blood, the death is there to emphasize what a force of nature he is. The colors stand out as well with some great us of red, yellow, and orange with fire often raging around the destruction of B. It could easily have been a comic drenched in blood red but it avoids that.
BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 is another great entry in the series and adds to the story of B. While I initially rolled my eyes at what felt like a movie/tv pitch, I’m actively excited to see it move to that and hopefully expand the world further. Even if you don’t know the story of B, BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 is a comic to check out and it very well might get you excited to learn more and see what you missed.
Created by: Keanu Reeves Story: Mattson Tomlin Art: Rebekah Isaacs
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
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