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Review: BRZRKR #3

BRZRKR #3

It’s easy to look at BRZRKR and see an action series that revels in the blood, gore, and over-the-top kills. But, when you sit down and read the comics, it’s far more. There’s a surprising amount of heart and focus on character for the series that was a clear tentpole pitch from the start. It’s a tentpole that is far better than expected. Beyond the introduction in the first issue, the second, and now BRZRKR #3, focus on B and his past. While we learn more about this character we also get a sense of his weariness. This is a warrior who is tired of the killing and wants to find peace. He’s a weapon that deep down no longer wants to be used as one. There’s a surprising amount of sadness and loneliness to it all. And it’s also surprisingly depressing.

BRZRKR #3 focuses on B’s past as he recounts his early years as he’s pointed in the direction of his tribe’s enemies. Bodies pile up and he questions his mention. He also questions how others see him. Writers Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt focus a lot of the comic, and the previous, on the sadness of B.

What’s impressive is Reeves and Kindt pull this off in a cacophony of gore. BRZRKR #3 recounts battle after battle of B’s tribe where he’s sent in as a force of nature to destroy the masses. It’s a bloody visual where enemies are beaten to death with the stump of legs (literally). And through those visuals, we still feel sorry for B. The story shifts from one that’s pure action to one about the morality of using weapons, especially living ones. When does a soldier get to rest?

Ron Garney’s art feels like it channels Frank Miller in this issue. With color by Bill Crabtree and lettering by Clem Robins, the visuals are one of bloody battles. Bloody flies around, arrows stick out of B. The quiet of the issue are just breaks from the next adventure. And, even with all of that violence and bloody, it doesn’t distract. The way it’s all presented it feels a bit muted in the way enhancing the sadness of B. It doesn’t distract.

BRZRKR #3 is an impressive issue. It gives us a lot of action and pure destruction. But, it also focuses in on the impact of that all on a person. We get to see the weariness build. We get to see him question his role. It’s clear this is a series that’s about a soldier who no longer wants to fight but all he knows how to do is that. What started as a generic action story has developed into something far deeper.

Story: Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt Art: Ron Garney
Color: Bill Crabtree Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 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!

Static: Season One #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.

Black Friday #3 (Scout Comics) – This has been a fantastic horror series that plays with the horror that is Black Friday at big box retail stores.

BRZRKR #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The high-profile series has been interesting so far and this issue promises to dive further into the character of B giving us something more than just action.

Compass #1 (Image Comics) – The series sounds like an Indiana Jones like adventure as Shahidah El-Amin searches for the secret to eternal life.

Heroes Reborn #7 (Marvel) – The event wraps up and we’re interested in seeing how. As a whole, the story has been a bit mixed in quality but there’s obviously a bigger picture here.

Nottingham #4 (Mad Cave Studios) – The new take on the classic story of Robin Hood has been amazing so far.

Perhapanauts: Second Chances #1 (Scout Comics) – The heroes head back in time to investigate The Flatwoods Monster!

Planet-Sized X-Men #1 (Marvel) – It’s a big enough issue that Marvel didn’t provide a preview. Which makes us all the more interested.

Save Yourself #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What if the heroes you looked up to weren’t what you though they were?

Seven Swords #1 (AfterShock) – Swashbuckling adventure bringing together literary heroes!

Silver City #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue reminded us a lot of Dark City and we want to see where this interesting take on the afterlife goes.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1 (Ablaze) – Set within the timeline of the original series, Captain Harlock heads out to new adventure. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Sylvidres and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world.

Stake #4 (Scout Comics) – The series has been a nice updated take on the classic vampire genre with a lot of small details that makes it well worth checking out.

Static: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The Dakotaverse is back! After a long wait, it’s finally here and we’re beyond excited to dive back into this amazing world of heroes and villains.

Venom #35 (Marvel) – It’s a big enough issue that Marvel didn’t provide a preview. Which makes us all the more interested.

Preview: Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse #4 (of 6)

Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse #4 (of 6)

(W) Josh Lee Gordon (A) Fabiana Mascolo (CA) Qistina Khalidah
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $4.99

It’s been 20 years since the events of Firefly, but trouble still follows Serenity.

With her mother Zoe captured by the Blue Sun Corporation, Emma will have to choose between her crew and her family…

And her choice will have her looking for help in the most unlikely of places… and from the most surprising source.

Firefly: Brand New ‘Verse #4 (of 6)

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Tricksters #4 (of 4)

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Tricksters #4 (of 4)

(W) Robin Kaplan (A) A.L. Kaplan (CA) Peach Momoko
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $4.99

FINAL ISSUE

Can the Norse trickster god, Loki, get the legendary god of thunder, Thor, to embrace his feminine side?

When Thor’s hammer ends up in the possession of the King of the Giants, only his clever brother will be able to aid him in retrieving it, but only if Thor can use his brains rather than his brawn.

Real-life siblings Robin Kaplan (The City on The Other Side) and A.L. Kaplan (Full-Spectrum Therapy) present the next standalone chapter of the Jim Henson-inspired epic limited series, with a different acclaimed creative team on each issue!

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Tricksters #4 (of 4)

Review: Magic #3

Magic: The Gathering comes to comics courtesy of BOOM! Studios. Magic #3 has Planeswalkers Kaya, Ral, and Vraska go deep into the Undercity, to uncover the location of Duskmantle.

Story: Jed MacKay
Art: Ig Guara
Color: Arianna Consonni
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

comiXology
Kindle
Zeus Comics
TFAW


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Preview: Save Yourself #1 (of 4)

Save Yourself #1 (of 4)

(W) Bones Leopard (A/CA) Kelly Matthews, Nichole Matthews
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $4.99

What if Magical Girls weren’t Earth’s champions at all?

Aoe, Thel, and Gen, better known as the Lovely Trio, first burst onto the scene five years ago when they saved Earth from a surprise space monster attack!

Since then, everyone, including Gigi, whose brother died as a bystander in a Lovely Trio battle, idolizes them as superheroic pop icons.

But when Gigi witnesses the Lovely Trio battling a monster firsthand, she sees something that causes her to question everything she thought she ever knew about her heroes!

A magical new series from the team behind Pandora’s Legacy, writer Bones Leopard (Identical) and artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Just Beyond), that’s perfect for fans of Sailor Moon and Wynd.

Save Yourself #1 (of 4)

Preview: Seven Secrets #9

Seven Secrets #9

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Daniele Di Nicuolo
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

With the first secret revealed and the world now watching, how much longer will the Order’s remaining members be able to remain hidden?

Casper and the surviving Keepers and Holders retreat once more to a remote safehouse, even as Amon and the Seekers close in on them. Can the Order survive with a mole in their midst?

Seven Secrets #9

Preview: The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #3 (of 5)

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #3 (of 5)

(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Filipe Andrade
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

More years have passed when Laila Starr, the now-mortal reincarnation of the avatar of Death, once again crosses paths with the future creator of immortality.

This time at a party where the young man will have a life-altering experience that will shape him for years to come. Will Laila change his path in this one night, or the other way around?

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #3 (of 5)
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