After much hype, Divide and Top Cow’s Berserker #1 tears into comic shops this week. Read on to see if it was worth the wait.
Writer: Rick Loverd
Artist: Jeremy Haun
Cover Artists: Dale Keown, Jeremy Haun
Berserker #1 is a long time coming. After being announced almost a year ago, a preview issue (Berserker #0) came out in February to coincidence with New York Comic Con. Now the series is officially kicking off with the first full issue hitting comic stores tomorrow. Written by Rick Loverd and with art by Jeremy Haun, the book is violent, bloody, and horrifying.
There are a decent amount of dark, adult comics on the market today, but this one is a little different. With a book like Crossed, which is seriously disturbing, I find myself putting myself in the shoes of the potential victims. In Berkserker, you have to put yourself in the mind of an enraged human with an unquenchable bloodlust. Imagine waking up to find the bodies of your loved ones all around you, in pieces no less–and then finding out that the monster behind the massacre was you. How do you deal with that? How do you live? These are the kinds of questions that Berserker raises.
To reiterate the basic premise once again, in Berserker, a group of people awaken to ancient Viking powers that make them super strong, and super violent. While this is happening, the people basically black out; their personality disappears, and they have no memory of the events that just transpired. It’s really not a story to be taken lightly. Rick Loverd is fully capable of taking on this story, which is good, because in the hands of a lesser writer, it would be hard to take it seriously. The first issue does a good job of setting the stage, as well as raising some questions that I want answers to. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until the next issue, but that’s how you know a comic writer has done a good job: you want to know what’s comic next.
I don’t know how admittedly squeamish artist Jeremy Haun handled doing the visuals for Berserker. Limbs are being ripped off. Heads are removed. There’s blood everywhere. Haun handles it well, getting the message across without going over the top. One of the problems I have with some comics is when the artwork doesn’t stand out, I get bored. This comic never bored me.
Berserker #1 will be in stores tomorrow, and if you want a comic full of “Viking rage”, as the cover states, jump in with the first issue.