Sunday, February 21, 2010
ComicNewsi Reviews Berserker #4
Pardon me, are these your innards?
Berserker #4 continues the tale of Farris (the Berserker)’s pursuit of his girlfriend’s kidnappers and his disemboweling of the surrounding countryside. Ferris’ power is a genetic gift of the ancient race of the titular Berserkers. He is possessed of incredible strength and a very, very short fuse.
Think a human-looking Hulk with Wolverine’s emotional problems.
The story is fairly straightforward, and the dialogue flows well despite a stretch of exposition of the long and Norse variety. The villain seems a little too straightforward – mirror-image powered, bring about the prophesy… yadda, yadda, yadda. However, most characters, even the smaller roles, feel real and compelling.
The real star here though is the gore. Top Cow does seem to like their intestines. If you’re into some graphic with your violence, you’ll be in luck. If not, this comic will read like a pile of raw tripe. The comic is sound, a good read. The ooey-gooey-gopher guts are just a little distracting. I’m not sure if the story needs them.