Review: BRZRKR #1 (Boom! Studios)

Writer: Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt
Artist: Ron Garney
Colorist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Clem Robins
On Sale: 3rd March 2021

He has conquered Hollywood now Keanu Reeves turns his hand to writing comic books with BRZRKR.

PLOT AND STORY 

As the opening issue we take a small glimpse into our titular character BRZRKR and what he can do while out on a military mission. Running parallel to this is a post mission psychiatric assessment with a doctor studying BRZRKR. 

Let me get straight to it and say I’m sold. This opening issue written by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt has enough action and bloodshed to hook any fan of a good graphic comic. The dialogue is limited and mainly in a narration style giving the reader a good idea about who BRZRKR is. What isn’t said in words is certainly made up for in the artwork.

ARTWORK

This comic is stunning. A very action heavy issue with page after page of very graphic violence but not in a grotesque way. Ron Garney draws a very clean lined comic with realistic and well proportioned characters. The BRZRKR has a Keanu Reeves vibe whether intentional or not but with a body that more resembles The Rock. 

Bill Crabtree adds the colour to Garney’s art and makes every page a splash of calm and simple tones which contrasts perfectly against the bright, bold red blood which more often than not covers the page.

It’s difficult to pick out a single page as a highlight because honestly every page is as good as the last. This book is a real feast on the eyes and has laid the foundations to what could be a very successful series.

Completing the creative team is Clem Robins on lettering duty. There isn’t a lot of dialogue in this issue but there are two simultaneous running conversations, one in the present and one from the future and these are made clear to the reader what is what by differing text colours and bubbles.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. That is all I really want to say but what I should be saying is that BRZRKR #1 is a brilliant opening issue, packed with very graphic action which introduces us to a special and interesting character through stunning artwork. Welcome to comics Keanu Reeves, thank you very much for coming.

I read this via digital purchase via Comixology and received no incentive to review this comic. All images are Courtesy of Boom! Studios and their respective owners.

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