The first issue of BZRKR gave us plenty of violence and an immortal warrior who looks a bit like Keanu Reeves but makes John Wick look like a pussy. It was fun, sure, but without any obvious direction, though it did set up questions that needed to be answered.
Issue two does it’s best to answer these questions, as we see the titular character being born as a literal gift from the gods to help his parents tribe defeat the bullies that keep raiding them. It’s not an astoundingly original idea, but the joy is in the telling. As in issue one, the writing of Matt Kindt and Keanu Reeves keeps things going at a decent pace, and you get involved with the characters easily, Ron Garney’s art can be a little minimalist for some, I’m sure, but it’s effective throughout, and who doesn’t love seeing a young boy rip a wolf in half! Anyone…?
BZRKR’s second issue does a great job in fleshing out the character, interspersed with small modern day inserts as he tells what he remembers of his story (if it’s even true…) to an army doctor. Why does he fight? Because he has to, and has done since he was born. He’s an essentially one note character, sure, but I have a feeling that in future issues we’re going to find out there’s more to him that we’ve been told. If not, there’ll be lots of violence anyway.