Wednesday, March 10, 2010

USA Today Dips Into The Rage-Fillled Passion of Berserker

Milo Ventimiglia discusses his rage-fueled passion
By John Geddes, USA TODAY

Milo Ventimiglia is best known for his starring role as Peter Petrelli in the NBC series Heroes. What many don't know about him, however, is that the actor harbors a much more sinister side to his creativity.

Top Cow Productions launched a comic book series in 2009 called Berserker. It is arguably one of, if not the most violent, over-the-top gory, blood-splattered, and carnage-filled series available today. Don't let the description fool you, though. The series is also extremely entertaining, well-written and addictive, luring fans with its excessive violence but enticing them to return with its complex and compelling story. As co-producer of the title, Ventimiglia is one of the key people responsible for bringing Berserker to life.

The comic follows the brutal story of two men (a military veteran and an athlete) who discover they are modern-day incarnations of berserkers — mythological Norse warriors fueled by blinding rage and superhuman strength. Both are subsequently drafted into a secret battle that has been raging for thousands of years. Series creator Rick Loverd describes how Ventimiglia became involved in the project.

"I had written Berserker as a TV spec script and handed it to my agent at William Morris. My agent said it was too violent and there was no way it would ever get made, but ended up giving a copy to Milo. Milo read it and agreed that there was no way it would ever be a TV property but he instantly saw it as a great comic."

The actor/producer describes his first reaction to the story," It was one of those projects that (co-producer Russ Cundiff) and I read and absolutely loved from the very beginning,"Ventimiglia says."I immediately said 'what can we do with this?' "

Read the full article here.

Issue #5 of the series will be available March 31.

Source: USA Today

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