BERSERKER UNBOUND Volume 1 review
BERSERKER UNBOUND Volume 1 HC review
AT A GLANCE
Five stars all around for this sword and sorcery tale, which has a lot of heart : great writing, art, and color work. I recommend BERSERKER UNBOUND wholeheartedly to all but the youngest comics readers. I especially recommend the hardcover, so that readers can fully appreciate the art, especially the color work.
BERSERKER UNBOUND Volume 1. Dark Horse : 2020. Collects BERSERKER UNBOUND #1-#4. In hardcover and digital formats.
Jeff Lemire – writer
Mike Deodato, Jr. – artist
Frank Martin – colorist
Steve Wands – letterer
Cover and chapter breaks by Mike Deodato, Jr. and Frank Martin
They call him the Berserker, but he had set aside his sword to be a husband and father. Then, an evil wizard took everything from him and tried to send him to hell. He winds up instead in the woods outside of a modern-day metropolis.
Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato, Jr. (THANOS) make a great team, and BERSERKER UNBOUND puts their collaborative powers on full display.
In some ways, the BERSERKER UNBOUND series tells a conventional sword and sorcery tale, replete with familiar characters and situations. However, the story that Lemire gives us is more substantive than the usual plot-driven narrative, with its idealized, two dimensional characters. Lemire elevates this familiar material by bringing in a secondary protagonist, also grieving from great personal loss. The result is a story with satisfying emotional depth, albeit never maudlin or cerebral.
And the art ! It’s simply amazing all the way around, from draftsmanship and production design to framing and layout. The color work is especially noteworthy – and the print job on the hardcover really brings this out.
As I noted earlier, then, I would recommend BERSERKER UNBOUND, and particularly the hardcover edition, to all but the youngest comics readers.
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