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Keanu Reeves makes his comic book writing debut alongside New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist Ron Garney in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior’s fight through the ages. A WAR WITH NO END. 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 Keanu Reeves makes his comic book writing debut alongside New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist Ron Garney in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior’s fight through the ages. A WAR WITH NO END. 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, the Berzerker 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 legendary artist Ron Garney (Captain America, The Amazing Spider-Man) in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior's fight through the ages. Collects: BRZRKR #1-4.


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Keanu Reeves makes his comic book writing debut alongside New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist Ron Garney in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior’s fight through the ages. A WAR WITH NO END. 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 Keanu Reeves makes his comic book writing debut alongside New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist Ron Garney in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior’s fight through the ages. A WAR WITH NO END. 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, the Berzerker 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 legendary artist Ron Garney (Captain America, The Amazing Spider-Man) in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior's fight through the ages. Collects: BRZRKR #1-4.

30 review for BRZRKR, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Starts out great, the art's first-rate, but then deflates, a gory state that won’t abate and light on plot for counterweight. (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Starts out great, the art's first-rate, but then deflates, a gory state that won’t abate and light on plot for counterweight.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I can't give Keanu less than 3 stars. I can't give BRZRKR more than 3 stars, either. But I have hope that this thing is just finding its legs and the next volume is going to knock it out of the park. What is BRZRKR? Well, that's easy. It's basically the story of Great Value Wolverine. And as of right now, it's mostly a gore-fest with the barest outline of a plot. Now, I'm not at all opposed to the gore. I like to bathe in blood and run my fingers through the intestines of my enemies as much as the I can't give Keanu less than 3 stars. I can't give BRZRKR more than 3 stars, either. But I have hope that this thing is just finding its legs and the next volume is going to knock it out of the park. What is BRZRKR? Well, that's easy. It's basically the story of Great Value Wolverine. And as of right now, it's mostly a gore-fest with the barest outline of a plot. Now, I'm not at all opposed to the gore. I like to bathe in blood and run my fingers through the intestines of my enemies as much as the next girl. It's just that there was page after page after page after page after page of it, so after a skinny minute, the shock value just wasn't there anymore. And while I adore mindless violence, I wanted a little more meat on the bone. But don't lose heart, it appears that there may actually be a really cool concept buried under all the red pages full of dangling jawbones and popped eyeballs. The gist is that John Wick is an 80,000 year old immortal, working with a government agency to figure out how to die. <--in exchange for his super-soldier DNA, of course. Apparently, his mother prayed for a weapon to deliver her people from marauding tribes, and ended up with a lightning bolt to the twat that impregnated her with a BRZRKR baby. The whys & hows look to be interesting. And there's a little twisty thing at the end that gives you hope that there might be a badass reveal coming up in the next volume. This was a magical buddy read that happened almost organically because everyone in the group wanted to read this. And that says a lot about Mr. Reeves' pull with geeks. I don't think we've ever collectively started snatching up copies of a comic this fast. And speaking of fast, this was a fast read. Mostly because there were very few words on the page. I'm guessing that might play to Keanu's benefit when this becomes a Netflix series. I love you, K-Reeves. I don't care if saying lines isn't your thing. You're a beautiful human being and I'll watch anything with you in it. Amen. I think Kindt and Reeves (probably mostly Kindt) did a pretty good job and fans will more than likely enjoy this.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Keanu Reeves plays a character so tough he killed all the vowels in his book’s title! Want to read a comic that rips out the spine of good taste and murderizes subtlety with it before dancing in the blood of restraint? Disappointed that no comic out there caters to the FBI watch list crowd for deranged psychopaths? Worry not, my soon-to-be-suicided-by-cop friend - BRZRKR is here for YOU! I’m not sure why Keanu Reeves has decided now is the time to embark on a comics career - maybe he thought he’d Keanu Reeves plays a character so tough he killed all the vowels in his book’s title! Want to read a comic that rips out the spine of good taste and murderizes subtlety with it before dancing in the blood of restraint? Disappointed that no comic out there caters to the FBI watch list crowd for deranged psychopaths? Worry not, my soon-to-be-suicided-by-cop friend - BRZRKR is here for YOU! I’m not sure why Keanu Reeves has decided now is the time to embark on a comics career - maybe he thought he’d publish the storyboards of his next project and make some extra cash that way (ie. the Mark Millar school of comics) - but here we are with what is essentially a story about John Wick with Wolverine’s healing factor. Novelty Neo aside, it’s not that great. It’s one extended hyper violent action scene after another which gets banal and repetitive pretty quick, not least because B. (the imaginative name for Keanu’s character) is unstoppable so it’s hardly tense or gripping reading. B. is 80,000 years old (he looks great for his age, like Keanu) and the sliver of a story that’s here is B. trying to find a way to die for good, which involves talking to a psychiatrist apparently. That angle is only half-heartedly pursued though as the main point of the book seems to be having Keanu killing a LOT of dudes, either in the present day or caveman times, for no real reason other than he can. And, though I found the action tiresome after a while, the bloodiness is so absurdly over-the-top that it made me laugh occasionally. How to ensure a guy doesn’t throw away a grenade after you pull the pin? Simples - hold the grenade against the man until it blows up! B.’s healing factor means his arm grows back but the guy stays dead! Out of stabby things? Punch into a man’s torso, tear out a rib and stab the other man with it! Want to stop a bullet? Put your hand over the muzzle! It’s coconuts, brah. Kudos to artist Ron Garney for his work on this book, bringing the non-stop carnage to life so well. The action is easy to follow because of his fine cartooning and the epic scale of Keanu’s violent fantasy is fully realised thanks to him. If this book succeeds at all, it’s entirely due to his talents. I liked the nod to the Sad Keanu meme from a few years ago on the first page and I’d’ve preferred to see more playful references to Keanu in the book - I mean, there wasn’t even a single “woah”! And how B. came to be born is hilariously stupid too, though the caveman stuff in general didn’t do anything for me - I’m not a huge Conan the Barbarian fan, and that seems to be the audience for this part of the book. BRZRKR, Volume 1 wasn’t for me - it looks great, it’s easy to read, some of it is amusing, but it’s way too much gratuitously pointless action and not enough story. Keanu enthusiasts might enjoy it purely for his involvement, as might the readers of Conan the Barbarian and Valiant’s Eternal Warrior, the latter of which this comic is basically ripping off completely!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This is John Wick: Eternal Warrior. B. is an immortal that has lived for 80,000 years and can't be killed. However, he needs to keep fighting to keep from going into a berserker rage so berserk, vowels are jettisoned to the wayside. We've seen this story before in comics. Old Guard, Eternal Warrior, Wolverine, Vandal Savage, so on and so on all the way back to Gilgamesh. The only difference here is the hyper-violence. The book is chock full of page after page of gore and dismemberments. There ar This is John Wick: Eternal Warrior. B. is an immortal that has lived for 80,000 years and can't be killed. However, he needs to keep fighting to keep from going into a berserker rage so berserk, vowels are jettisoned to the wayside. We've seen this story before in comics. Old Guard, Eternal Warrior, Wolverine, Vandal Savage, so on and so on all the way back to Gilgamesh. The only difference here is the hyper-violence. The book is chock full of page after page of gore and dismemberments. There are so many pages of it that I became numb to the panels, even though Ron Garney does a fabulous job of illustrating this. Maybe by the time this is done there will be a story here, but right now it's mainly just intense amounts of random violence. Received a review copy from Boom and NetGalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Starting on this volume, which contains the first third of a planned 12-issue series, I expected there to be close to no story, in a negative sense. The surprising thing is that I ended up wishing there was no story at all, with no narration and little dialogue, just gloopy oodles of ultraviolence. Because there are quite super amounts of ultraviolence. In fact, there is so much of it, a flurry of red slurry, it quickly becomes visually dull. It doesn't help that the main character is immortal, m Starting on this volume, which contains the first third of a planned 12-issue series, I expected there to be close to no story, in a negative sense. The surprising thing is that I ended up wishing there was no story at all, with no narration and little dialogue, just gloopy oodles of ultraviolence. Because there are quite super amounts of ultraviolence. In fact, there is so much of it, a flurry of red slurry, it quickly becomes visually dull. It doesn't help that the main character is immortal, making every violent encounter completely devoid of tension. This could've been a chance to get creative with the violent antics, but that doesn't happen either. If you've seen one horse's head ripped off, or one fist punched through someone's head, you've seen em all. Then there is the story, which feels derivative, most blatantly of The Old Guard. There's quite some narration, which made me think how much more powerful of a statement this could've been without any narration, and the barest of words spoken. The main character is a duller version of John Wick. There barely are other characters. So yes, this does feel like a storyboard for a Netflix series, and personally, I hate it when comics do that. Be a great comic first and foremost - don't be so desperate to be something else. (Thanks to Boom Studios for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Imagine John Wick has been John Wick-ing people for 80,000 years, and that's what you get with this series. This reminded me a lot of The Old Guard but I tried to put the similarities aside and ultimately found myself enjoying it more...probably because I read half the narration blurbs in Keanu Reeve's voice, of course. Imagine John Wick has been John Wick-ing people for 80,000 years, and that's what you get with this series. This reminded me a lot of The Old Guard but I tried to put the similarities aside and ultimately found myself enjoying it more...probably because I read half the narration blurbs in Keanu Reeve's voice, of course.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* Aah, yes, the comic every Keanu Reeves fan across the planet has been clamouring to read. Moronically titled BRZRKR, it's been hilarious watching everyone struggle to spell it; is it BRZKR? BZKR? BRZRK? What a kerfuffle! A mindless exercise in eyeball-gouging and horse-head-ripping, this was underwhelming and plain. The excessive gore grew tiring by the third page and it even grew tired of itself *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* Aah, yes, the comic every Keanu Reeves fan across the planet has been clamouring to read. Moronically titled BRZRKR, it's been hilarious watching everyone struggle to spell it; is it BRZKR? BZKR? BRZRK? What a kerfuffle! A mindless exercise in eyeball-gouging and horse-head-ripping, this was underwhelming and plain. The excessive gore grew tiring by the third page and it even grew tired of itself; by the second issue the artist was repeating the same old fight scenes again and again. There’s only so many times you can see an animal’s head being ripped clean off before you start laughing at how stupidly unrealistic the idea of that is. And this comic required you to suspend all beliefs in so many laughable ways. My favourite bit to chuckle at was the lighting strike bouncing off the floor and hitting the woman at the exact entry point of her lower body private part, causing her to become pregnant. That’s just... what?! Keanu Reeves put his name on this piece of joke? I’d be embarrassed. The narration started out as irritatingly unforthcoming and then devolved into an unwanted fountain of explanation. The exposition was the entire plot and the backstory was so uninspired, it was like something you’d seen many a time in terribly reviewed old movies. It took me only thirty minutes to get through this and there wasn’t a single second in which my interest was even slightly piqued except for when I literally reached the final panel on the final page. If anything, it’s sad to see that plastering Keanu Reeves face on something doesn’t guarantee it’ll be anything more than the sort of content mindless, brainless action-lovers with no respect for plot or depth would love.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    The book all my friends are reading but no one is raving about. The book whose title looks like a red state personalized license plate. The book written by Keanu Reeves and starring Keanu Reeves as Keanun the Barbarian. Frankly, I was won over the second the sad Keanu meme showed up on the first page. Immortal Keanun -- oh, wait, make that immortal Unute has spent thousands of years slaughtering people. He continues to do the same in the present day as "Subject B" with much blood, gore (so much br The book all my friends are reading but no one is raving about. The book whose title looks like a red state personalized license plate. The book written by Keanu Reeves and starring Keanu Reeves as Keanun the Barbarian. Frankly, I was won over the second the sad Keanu meme showed up on the first page. Immortal Keanun -- oh, wait, make that immortal Unute has spent thousands of years slaughtering people. He continues to do the same in the present day as "Subject B" with much blood, gore (so much brain matter splattering about!), and brooding. Such a sad Keanu! But scientists are supposedly helping him between bloodbaths to recover memories (so many, so sad, so bloody) and determine how he could claim the mortality he desires. If you liked John Wick or just like watching Keanu hanging out, I think you'll enjoy this well enough. I did.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    A little overhyped, but not nearly as bad as I would've expected. Keanu doesn't make me think "he must be a great writer!", but his action chops are such that I can only imagine that he called the action panels and Kindt rewrote the dialogue to not sound terrible. And they found artists who were totally down to draw hamburger, eyeballs, shattered skulls and flailing intestines. Result? A neither substantial nor insubstantial story about life as a 70k-year-old killing machine. (or rather, "stab the A little overhyped, but not nearly as bad as I would've expected. Keanu doesn't make me think "he must be a great writer!", but his action chops are such that I can only imagine that he called the action panels and Kindt rewrote the dialogue to not sound terrible. And they found artists who were totally down to draw hamburger, eyeballs, shattered skulls and flailing intestines. Result? A neither substantial nor insubstantial story about life as a 70k-year-old killing machine. (or rather, "stab them to death with their own rib you just ripped out of their abdomen" machine) Anne, you seem to think this is a 20-minute read - so either your faculties are operating on a level far faster than my own, or you didn't even attempt to piece together a deeper meaning (or even coherent plot) in this book. I'm not saying there *are* such things in the story, but I *did* find it easier to get through this (it took me at least an hour) by assuming there's a bigger story to tell than "clawless Wolverine ravine-stomps every bipedal in existence". I didn't mind the endless violence (did the colourist get a clearout price on red ink?), but that's probably a problem too - this had as much bodily destruction as the Crossed, Vol. 1 bone-chattering fantasies of Garth Ennis, but nowhere near the psychopathological horror - just seemed like BRZRKR dude calculated it'd cost less energy to explode someone's jaw than to step slightly to the right while walking by them. A Shallow Comics Readers BuddyRead(tm) Of a Very Special Episode

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 Total review score: 3.0625 Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 Total review score: 3.0625

  11. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    I'll start by saying that early on, our lead Keanu Reeves-esque character rips out someone's rib and uses it as a knife. The violence only escalates from there. Immortal warrior with a mysterious past isn't a new concept, but with Reeves and Kindt writing, the story is framed a little differently, delivering an intriguing take on this story of violence and conflict while finding moments of humanity amidst the gore-soaked pages illustrated by Garney and Crabtree. Curious to see where it's leading. I'll start by saying that early on, our lead Keanu Reeves-esque character rips out someone's rib and uses it as a knife. The violence only escalates from there. Immortal warrior with a mysterious past isn't a new concept, but with Reeves and Kindt writing, the story is framed a little differently, delivering an intriguing take on this story of violence and conflict while finding moments of humanity amidst the gore-soaked pages illustrated by Garney and Crabtree. Curious to see where it's leading.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nando Gigaba

    Keanu Reeves comic book writing debut with a bang! Of course alongside New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt. Half-mortal and half-God, known simply as Berzerker tries to recall centuries of suppressed memories of violence and trauma. Under the refuge of the U.S. government, he fights some of the most horrendous battles in exchange to help whilst allowing them to study him in order to produce an army of soldiers like him. With each battle and the help of Dr. Diana a piece of his memory Keanu Reeves comic book writing debut with a bang! Of course alongside New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt. Half-mortal and half-God, known simply as Berzerker tries to recall centuries of suppressed memories of violence and trauma. Under the refuge of the U.S. government, he fights some of the most horrendous battles in exchange to help whilst allowing them to study him in order to produce an army of soldiers like him. With each battle and the help of Dr. Diana a piece of his memory returns, which he hopes will help put an end to his miserable existence. The premise of the story is not unique, but if you like the action genre within comics, you will love the storyboard and the plot. I'm hoping though they'll be a plot twist somewhere along the journey as the series continues. Volume 1 has been very predictable thus far. I love the variant covers for this series because most of them are black and red. For me the black representing the dark past which Berzerker can't remember and the red the violence and blood he has spilled for centuries. Some of the covers:

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirstin

    Gorgeous storyboarding with an engaging script. I'm not into the whole 'immortal master assassin' genre as a whole, but I just had to check out The One's writing chops. Glad I did because it's a very solid 1st issue and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. (D'oh! On second glance, I accidentally posted this on the upcoming TPB's page instead of the 1st ish, so everyone please ignore it because I can't figure out how to delete it. ) Gorgeous storyboarding with an engaging script. I'm not into the whole 'immortal master assassin' genre as a whole, but I just had to check out The One's writing chops. Glad I did because it's a very solid 1st issue and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. (D'oh! On second glance, I accidentally posted this on the upcoming TPB's page instead of the 1st ish, so everyone please ignore it because I can't figure out how to delete it. )

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Kopsidas

    Unfortunately this didn't do it for me. The story isn't the main focus here but the small fragments of plot we got, were kind of interesting though a bit unoriginal (Wolverine's shadow looms over Brzrkr). The art was ok but for me the main character's resemblance of the real life Keanu hindered the experience. The themes of family, immortality, colonisation were very epidermically touched on and didn't have an impact on me. And finally the gore.. Yes it was violent and gory but that on it's own Unfortunately this didn't do it for me. The story isn't the main focus here but the small fragments of plot we got, were kind of interesting though a bit unoriginal (Wolverine's shadow looms over Brzrkr). The art was ok but for me the main character's resemblance of the real life Keanu hindered the experience. The themes of family, immortality, colonisation were very epidermically touched on and didn't have an impact on me. And finally the gore.. Yes it was violent and gory but that on it's own isn't a saving grace (at least not for me). I enjoy a dark and violent read but not just for the shake of it. It needs to integrate with the story and that wasn't the case here in my opinion. Maybe there's a good story to be told here but based on the first chapters I'm not very optimistic. Thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for this ARC.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    First, thank you BOOM! Studios and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. BRZRKR Vol. 1 is an incredibly violent, gritty story following an immortal being who has been seen and used as a weapon his entire life - all 80,000 years of it (and counting). I think this first volume explored enough that fans of Reeves will be invested in what's to come, but I don't think it did enough for the average comic reader to want to continue. There's a neat concept in all this gore, but w First, thank you BOOM! Studios and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. BRZRKR Vol. 1 is an incredibly violent, gritty story following an immortal being who has been seen and used as a weapon his entire life - all 80,000 years of it (and counting). I think this first volume explored enough that fans of Reeves will be invested in what's to come, but I don't think it did enough for the average comic reader to want to continue. There's a neat concept in all this gore, but we only get a hint of it here.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marcela

    Stay away if graphic violence is an issue for you, but oh man, I really dug this book. Looking forward to more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Oli Kidsley

    With any celebrity author debut, I always have some skepticism. And those worries, about how much input Reeves has on this book in comparison to how much the book would sell with his name is on it, or maybe is this just a step for a film role down the line, may still be perfectly valid. But at the end of the day this is a really great read for the first 4 issues. The first issue is one of the best openers of a series I've seen in a while and Kindt and Reeves manage to continue the intrigue throu With any celebrity author debut, I always have some skepticism. And those worries, about how much input Reeves has on this book in comparison to how much the book would sell with his name is on it, or maybe is this just a step for a film role down the line, may still be perfectly valid. But at the end of the day this is a really great read for the first 4 issues. The first issue is one of the best openers of a series I've seen in a while and Kindt and Reeves manage to continue the intrigue throughout the chapters. But of course what really puts this intriguing story over the edge is the illustration and colouring combo of Ron Garney and Bill Crabtree respectfully. Panel to panel this is such an eye feast and so easy to get through. Right down to the final page I'm craving for some more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Keanu Reeves' comics co-writing debut, and if the title gave you the same earworm as me then to answer your next question, no, we don't see some making fuck from the protagonist, but he does steal hearts, and not in the romantic way. Looking more than a little like a certain actor who might be hoping this becomes his next action franchise, the lead is basically Wolverine except that he's even older - as in, tens of thousands of years older - and doesn't really give a fuck whether mad scientists Keanu Reeves' comics co-writing debut, and if the title gave you the same earworm as me then to answer your next question, no, we don't see some making fuck from the protagonist, but he does steal hearts, and not in the romantic way. Looking more than a little like a certain actor who might be hoping this becomes his next action franchise, the lead is basically Wolverine except that he's even older - as in, tens of thousands of years older - and doesn't really give a fuck whether mad scientists clone him or whatever, if only they could find a way for him to become mortal. And in the meantime he's a tool, or a weapon, and sometimes he needs to let the rage loose, so the USA uses him as a blunt instrument just like so many mortal states before them. This could easily have come across like the worst excesses of nineties comics, but Ron Garney's visceral art and the story's haunted tone keep the appropriate note of horror thrumming, even as they remind us that comics are unquestionably the best medium when it comes to one guy punching right through another guy's head. (Netgalley ARC)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Ultra violent and gory to the point that it looses all impact and can't even grose me out. The story isn't all that complicated, but could be interesting. The art is nice enough from design stand points but the characters aren't all that expressive. I might read the next volume to see if the main character's quest to become mortal, his origins, and government intrigue plots go anywhere. Right now it's just a really gory Wolverine minus adamantium claws, character, or plotline. Ultra violent and gory to the point that it looses all impact and can't even grose me out. The story isn't all that complicated, but could be interesting. The art is nice enough from design stand points but the characters aren't all that expressive. I might read the next volume to see if the main character's quest to become mortal, his origins, and government intrigue plots go anywhere. Right now it's just a really gory Wolverine minus adamantium claws, character, or plotline.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    BRZRKR, Vol. 1 by Matt Kindt & Keanu Reeves is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early October. An unkillable one-man ambushing team on paramilitary missions seeks to be given the choice of mortality versus just being expected to survive all the time. In choosing so, he relays to his medical handler (and us as readers) the continuing theme of his life over thousands of years - to be a weapon in the form of a human. Obvs, with a story like this (which would be fucking awesome as a video BRZRKR, Vol. 1 by Matt Kindt & Keanu Reeves is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early October. An unkillable one-man ambushing team on paramilitary missions seeks to be given the choice of mortality versus just being expected to survive all the time. In choosing so, he relays to his medical handler (and us as readers) the continuing theme of his life over thousands of years - to be a weapon in the form of a human. Obvs, with a story like this (which would be fucking awesome as a video game), there’s a lot of blood, gore, skirmishes, and the (im)mortal conflict if such a person should kept and studied on a short leash or if he should be given free will.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Rivera

    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Big fan of Keanu Reeves... and now of his comic. This story was low at the beginning but the deepest we get the most interested we are. This story about this immortal warrior was really, really amazing, the concept is not new, but it has an interesting twist. The only thing I didn't like was that cliff hanger at the end, i needed more. And that bunch of alternative covers instead of more story, come on! ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Big fan of Keanu Reeves... and now of his comic. This story was low at the beginning but the deepest we get the most interested we are. This story about this immortal warrior was really, really amazing, the concept is not new, but it has an interesting twist. The only thing I didn't like was that cliff hanger at the end, i needed more. And that bunch of alternative covers instead of more story, come on!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher BOOM! Studios for an advanced copy of this graphic novel. A group of very talented men, present to us a book with an astonishing amount of violence. Actor Keanu Reeves, along with Matt Kindt, best selling writer of some of the most interesting and challenging comics series being published, including Grass Kings and my favorite MIND MGMT, have combined their skills to write a story that almost seems like a studio elevator pitch. John Wick meets Kratos from My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher BOOM! Studios for an advanced copy of this graphic novel. A group of very talented men, present to us a book with an astonishing amount of violence. Actor Keanu Reeves, along with Matt Kindt, best selling writer of some of the most interesting and challenging comics series being published, including Grass Kings and my favorite MIND MGMT, have combined their skills to write a story that almost seems like a studio elevator pitch. John Wick meets Kratos from God of War. Hijinks ensue. However, besides being super violent, the book is fun, full of mystery and has a whole lot going on under the surface, as can be expected from Mr. Kindt. The art by Ron Garney, with colorist Bill Crabtree is powerful and realistic. From huts to helicopters, clubs to assault weapons, Mr. Garney makes everything crisp, clean, and just beautiful to look at. Oh and its violent. I can't stress that enough. The main character is a man driven by violence, created as a weapon, loved as a weapon, born from a human mother, and sired by possibly a god. Our hero has killed for thousands of years, driven by a rage he can't control, and now finds himself working with the US government, sating his need, as his employers investigate what makes him so good at what he does. The story is well plotted and moves along well. Enough is left unsaid to keep the mystery alive and with Mr. Kindt I am sure this well a great series. I can't wait to read more adventures about this character.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Naz Karsan

    Blood, guts, and gore! You name it, BRZRKR has it. Take John Wick, a Viking and combine them with Wolverine, now you’ve got a blood thirsty badass that’s trying to recover his memory by working for the US Government. I don’t want to spoil anything so I suggest you go to a local Barnes and Noble or something to pick up a copy! Plus it’s by Keanu Reeves!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    I read these as individual trades. BRZRKR isn't necessarily telling a unique story, but it's doing in it an engaging way and with some solid, really gritty art that just throws blood around the page during the action scenes. Sometimes I'm reluctant to read trades because I don't love waiting between issues, but this is easy enough to follow that I didn't find I was forgetting anything important and the cliffhangers genuinely leave me eager to read more later. Overall, fun stuff! I read these as individual trades. BRZRKR isn't necessarily telling a unique story, but it's doing in it an engaging way and with some solid, really gritty art that just throws blood around the page during the action scenes. Sometimes I'm reluctant to read trades because I don't love waiting between issues, but this is easy enough to follow that I didn't find I was forgetting anything important and the cliffhangers genuinely leave me eager to read more later. Overall, fun stuff!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    The Fussy Reader 3.5* Thank you Netgalley and Boom! Studios for letting me read a free copy for an honest review. You da best. Now, my review of this graphic novel is by no means a reflection on Keanu Reeves as a person, nor the calibre of his talent. He's the internet's sweetheart and I defy anyone to try and to say a bad word about him. You can't. It's impossible. He's just too nice. Now on to my honest thoughts on this comic book. First impression, I liked it. It reminded me a lot of The Old Guar The Fussy Reader 3.5* Thank you Netgalley and Boom! Studios for letting me read a free copy for an honest review. You da best. Now, my review of this graphic novel is by no means a reflection on Keanu Reeves as a person, nor the calibre of his talent. He's the internet's sweetheart and I defy anyone to try and to say a bad word about him. You can't. It's impossible. He's just too nice. Now on to my honest thoughts on this comic book. First impression, I liked it. It reminded me a lot of The Old Guard. There's this thousands of years old immortal badass, something of an assassin, sent out to kill certain people. He can get hurt, he can even die, but he'll always heal. And he's so tired of this shit. I thought it was really cool and awesomely gruesome. The level is violence is far greater than any comic book I've ever read. There's just so much of it. I will say that this did feel too much like an introduction though. Like it's setting up for the next volume where things really kick-off, but it never quite reaches it in this volume. Volume one is mostly the backstop of the character. Some of the dialogue felt a little redundant, repeating the same ideas and exploring the same concepts, (after all, for a killing machine to recall his long history of killing, it inevitably will start to all feel the same). I got the just of his backstory pretty quickly and once I understood his past, all I wanted to see was his present, or rather his imminent future. I wanted to see how he would mice forward and possibly take back control of his life. However, I feel there are too many pages of the dude remembering stuff and telling his therapist that he remembers. But all this being said, I actually think that now we have the backstory established and out the way, the next volume has the potential to be mega, and I'll definitely check it out. I know people are moaning about this, but I actually really liked the fact that the main character looked a lot like Keanu himself. Why the fuck not? It makes it incredibly easy to visualise this as a movie. I like to sort of watch books play out in my head like movies, even comics which are already so visual, so the use of the actor's likeness was appreciated by me. And I thought it was pretty clever tbh. If this does get optioned as a movie, it literally comes with its own lead actor. Instagram Twitter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Rhee

    I’ve always liked Keanu Reeves. Not necessarily as an actor, because he couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag, to be honest. (Anyone remember Kenneth Branaugh’s “Much Ado About Nothing”? Awkward…) When he’s a brooding, taciturn, monosyllabic action hero, though, he kicks ass. This is why the “John Wick” movies are surprisingly good considering they have zero plot. It’s why “Speed” is still one of my favorite action films from the ‘90s. It’s also what makes “The Matrix” movies straddle that fine I’ve always liked Keanu Reeves. Not necessarily as an actor, because he couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag, to be honest. (Anyone remember Kenneth Branaugh’s “Much Ado About Nothing”? Awkward…) When he’s a brooding, taciturn, monosyllabic action hero, though, he kicks ass. This is why the “John Wick” movies are surprisingly good considering they have zero plot. It’s why “Speed” is still one of my favorite action films from the ‘90s. It’s also what makes “The Matrix” movies straddle that fine line between campy and genius. (His “Constantine”, however, sucks. No amount of speech training or hair dye will ever make Reeves a convincing blonde Englishman. I only saw that movie once, which was one too many times, but I feel like the producers didn’t even bother. It’s a performance up there with Kevin Costner in “Robin Hood” as Worst Attempts at Sounding British.) No, I like Reeves simply based on the impression that he makes when he’s off-camera. By all accounts, Reeves is a super-sweet guy and not hung up on all the Hollywood bullshit. He seems like the kind of guy who, if you met him at a bar, you could shoot the shit with him for a good 30 minutes and he’d probably buy your round and pose for that selfie. Reeves recently added comic book writer to his resume with his series, co-written with Matt Kindt, called “BRZRKR”. I have no idea if it’s supposed to be in all-caps like that, but it feels like it should. Like most of his movies, “BRZRKR” has about as much plot as the title has vowels. It doesn’t matter, though, because it’s fucking brilliant. It is a visual cornucopia of blood and guts. It is violence in extremis. It is “John Wick” if John Wick was completely indestructible and had fists that could punch through six-inch metal doors. Imagine what those fists could do when they hit a person’s face. Oh wait: you don’t have to imagine. Artist Ron Garney shows us. Repeatedly. In bright fire-engine red gallons of blood. Here’s the quick summation: What if Conan the Barbarian was literally dropped into the 21st century and put to work by the CIA as an unstoppable assassin? Seriously, that’s pretty much it. My flippant tone should not belie the fact that I actually totally love this graphic novel, and I hope the series continues.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liberty

    So...just going to put this out there: Don’t read this on a plane when you know anyone and everyone walking by will probably peek at your reading material. I cannot explain to you the kinds of looks I was getting. Especially from the Flight Attendants! I know I wrote a review earlier today discussing how I think we need to give characters permission to go to those dark places we as humans in the real world never would. But....Yikes. BRZRKR is a comic about a half-god, half-mortal who is cursed a So...just going to put this out there: Don’t read this on a plane when you know anyone and everyone walking by will probably peek at your reading material. I cannot explain to you the kinds of looks I was getting. Especially from the Flight Attendants! I know I wrote a review earlier today discussing how I think we need to give characters permission to go to those dark places we as humans in the real world never would. But....Yikes. BRZRKR is a comic about a half-god, half-mortal who is cursed and compelled to violence. This guy is known as B and he works for the U.S. Government in their never-ending wars. Immortal and sick of the B.S. all B really wants is answers. The negatives: -I feel like this is a rip off of the comic series The Old Guard...Right? Just more bloody and with less compelling characters? (I said what I said.) -How much blood and gore are on the pages. There were whole sections that I got through so quickly because all that was on the page were images of B ripping people and animals apart with his bare hands. I get it. He’s tough. -At times it felt like this story lacked substance, but I think part of that is the percentage of pages that are brutal violence and nothing else. I think this might get better as the comics go on since the final few pages seemed to indicate that some questions need to be answered soon. The positives: -I do think that this has themes of toxic masculinity and how defeating it can be on the men in this comic. And I think it also raises questions of body autonomy for men in a way I haven’t seen before. -I also enjoyed a tired immortal who just wants to get through the goddamned day, who just wants an end to all of the violence and the b.s. they’ve put up with for millennia. (This isn’t gonna change any time soon. I am who I am.) -A highlight for me was a scene where B reflects on how far science and technology have come in just a few hundred years. I originally wasn’t planning on reading this comic, but my husband picked it up the last time we went to a bookstore and I was on a plane...it was in my seat back pocket.

  28. 5 out of 5

    John Dodd

    Thanks to Netgalley and Boom Studios for the advance copy I've always been a sucker for immortals in stories, the notion of how the perspective would change over what amounts to several lifetimes, how inevitably everything would devolve into being the same thing over and again because whatever you'd done that day, chances are you'd have done it before. New experiences would be a thing of the past, and without the curiosity of having something new to look forwards to, is eternal life actually a be Thanks to Netgalley and Boom Studios for the advance copy I've always been a sucker for immortals in stories, the notion of how the perspective would change over what amounts to several lifetimes, how inevitably everything would devolve into being the same thing over and again because whatever you'd done that day, chances are you'd have done it before. New experiences would be a thing of the past, and without the curiosity of having something new to look forwards to, is eternal life actually a benefit. This isn't Highlander, it's not Old Guard, it's something new, this is a character that can't be killed, not even by dismemberment, and they don't have much of a memory (perhaps all that being sliced up did some damage after all), so much so that they don't recall really who they are or indeed what they are, and they're searching for that enlightenment. It's violent, it's stylish, but there is the notion that there's more to this than endless waves of gore, this isn't (and it would have been easy to go in that direction) John Wick crossed with Conan, you get the impression that this person wants to know who/what they are, and they've been trying to find out for eighty thousand years. This is the first part of the story, we get as far as brief revelations and ideas that might prove to be something more given time, but with the inherently unreliable nature of the narrator and their own admission that they don't recall everything, can what we see be trusted? Liked it, curious to see where it's going next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zenik

    Keanu wrote a comic book and it's awesome. Keanu's writes a story about a mysterious unkillable killer (who looks exactly like Keanu), a berserker who quenches his insatiable bloodlust by doing wet-work for the US government, all while trying to piece together the mystery of his origin and how he can find a way to finally die. The concept is essentially John Wick meets Wolverine, but cranked up to ludicrous levels. Immortal Keanu is 80,000 years old and can explode a man with his fists, and dism Keanu wrote a comic book and it's awesome. Keanu's writes a story about a mysterious unkillable killer (who looks exactly like Keanu), a berserker who quenches his insatiable bloodlust by doing wet-work for the US government, all while trying to piece together the mystery of his origin and how he can find a way to finally die. The concept is essentially John Wick meets Wolverine, but cranked up to ludicrous levels. Immortal Keanu is 80,000 years old and can explode a man with his fists, and dismembers no fewer than 50 men with his bare hands within this books pages. The opening action sequence is balls-to-the-wall insane in it's level of violence (one of the more subdued kills is Keanu taking a man's pistol and then punching that same pistol through the man head). Downside is it spends almost all of the rest of the book after that sequence doing backstory (with Caveman Keanu!) and while the violence remains ridiculous, it ends up looking like an extra-gory Conan story. It runs out of fun stuff to do as it slows down to sets up a second arc, so I am hoping when/if that comes out we get more modern-day setpieces. It's dumb and fun and I 1000% want Keanu to get this optioned for a movie for him to star in.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Bartok

    The man known only as B. is a half-mortal and half-God. He has been wandering the world for centuries and is currently working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. BRZRKR is Keanu Reeves comic book writing debut. He is helped out by New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt (Folklords, Grass Kings) and legendary artist Ron Garney (Wolverine). The book was a kickstarter back in 2020 and honestly feels like that kind of comic. Made to ap The man known only as B. is a half-mortal and half-God. He has been wandering the world for centuries and is currently working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. BRZRKR is Keanu Reeves comic book writing debut. He is helped out by New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt (Folklords, Grass Kings) and legendary artist Ron Garney (Wolverine). The book was a kickstarter back in 2020 and honestly feels like that kind of comic. Made to appease the crowd sourcing world by riding on the back of a well known Hollywood action hero name like Keanu Reeves. You can picture the droves of people who would have been happy to spend $125 US for the deluxe edition of a comic with Keanu Reeves name attached. The art is brilliant, violent and gory. Its one of the redeeming features of this comic book. The writing is honestly a little blah. This comic offers little in the way of an engaging, new story. The ultimate let down is that I can get this kind of story reading Wolverine or any other number of comic already out there with greater storytelling driving the ship.

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