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Book Review | BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves

From the publisher: 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.

In this comic created by Keanu Reeves, the main character is an immortal killing machine who flies into an unstoppable blood rage and enacts graphic, gory violence on anyone in his path.

The story begins with Subject B, as he’s known, going on a covert mission for the US government with a team of operatives. It quickly becomes clear that the other operatives are unnecessary, as B is more than capable of taking out everything and everyone in his way. In between missions, teams of government scientists study and interview Subject B, trying to determine his mysterious origins as well as how to create more people like him. For his part, all B wants is to find a way to become mortal so he can die. There are some flashback scenes to his prehistoric origins, but the story comes secondary to the action, which is clearly the focus of this book.

This comic reads like a John Wick story crossed with Wolverine and Conan the Barbarian. The main character even looks like Keanu. The action scenes are extremely gory, full of fountains of blood, heads and limbs torn off, bones broken or ripped out, and more. It’s enough to make the designers of Mortal Kombat blush, and definitely not for the faint of heart.

For anyone who likes the John Wick films but feels they just aren’t violent enough, BRZRKR is probably the perfect graphic novel. Like other action stories of this type, there’s just enough plot and characterization to set up the next fight scene.

BRZRKR is available for checkout at Galesburg Public Library in our graphic novel collection.

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