Another Look into the Bloody World of BRZRKR from BOOM! Studios

BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 is an exciting new release, continuing the story of Berzerker. Find out more about the upcoming comic featuring writer Mattson Tomlin and artist Rebekah Isaacs.

BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 starts the next chapter in the iconic fantasy comic series created by Keanu Reeves this November. The upcoming new release from Boom! Studios will feature writer Mattson Tomlin and artist Rebekah Isaacs as they dive into a new tale for the immortal warrior. The new issue dropping during the Fall has revealed the amazing cover art as new creators expand the story for BRZRKR as they bring forth a cataclysmic event.  

BRZRKR comic series was written by Keanu Reeves and Matt Kindt as they tell the story of an immortal warrior known as Berzerker. The limited comic book series was released by Boom! Studios, with the 12-issue release drawn by Ron Garney. As a new character for Keanu, the fantasy world features the warrior throughout the ages and will be adapted into an anime and live-action film as revealed by Netflix. The latest release for the story was the one-shot graphic novel, BRZRKR: Poetry of Madness #1, which featured ‘B.’ in the city of Atlantis before its dramatic end.

BRZRKR Brings Forth Devastating New Chapter

Created by the iconic Keanu Reeves, BRZRKR and The Batman Part II screenwriter and Eisner-nominated writer Mattson Tomlin (A Vicious Circle) is joined by hit artist Rebekah Isaacs (Money Shot) and colorist Jordie Bellaire (Batman) to bring to light a new chapter in the BRZRKR mythos with BRZRKR: Fallen Empire. 

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B. is the lone survivor of Olos, a long-dead–once thriving–empire. The new story features a tale of B.’s distant past and the death and cataclysm he brought forth. But what did B. find that could have driven him to such violent ends? The desires of the heart are as much a weapon as any in B.’s arsenal… 

BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 features a main cover by Rebekah Isaacs with colors by Jordie Bellaire, with variants by Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Jenny Frison (Alice Never After), and Yanick Paquette (The Dreaming). 

– Boom! Studios

“Given that I’ve been adapting the feature film version of BRZRKR, it’s a surreal honor to have been invited to pen a small chapter in B.’s 80,000-year history and add to his story in comics. Rebekah Isaacs is a rockstar and her wonderful artwork in Fallen Empire‘s sweeping, violent romance is going to make your heart skip a beat more than once. What a delight to play in the world Keanu, Matt, Ron, Bill, Clem and BOOM! have created!”

– Writer, Mattson Tomlin

“Working in an epic timeline like BRZRKR’s that spans all of human civilization, it’s a special treat to be able to slow down and watch B. and what makes him tick through more of a micro lens. Mattson is brilliant at fleshing out the subtleties of complex characters – I was sucked in immediately and can’t wait for BRZRKR fans to get this glimpse into this gripping & heartbreaking moment in B.’s history,”

– Artist, Rebekah Isaacs

“These BRZRKR one-shots are all about inviting the industry’s best storytellers to play in B.’s sandbox, and we continue to be blown away by the creative pedigree of everyone involved. Mattson, Rebekah, and Jordie are a collective force to be reckoned with, and in Fallen Empire have constructed a tale that’s equal parts grandiose romantic fantasy and the violently visceral BRZRKR you know and love.”

– Executive Editor, Eric Harburn 

The popularity of the series has provided so much new content for fans to enjoy as Berzerker’s story continues. It’s fantastic that fans will be able to enjoy a dark new chapter for Keanu Reeves’ character, which highlights how much fans love the icon in a fantasy setting. Although we will be getting a live-action adaptation and an anime soon, it’s amazing that there will be even more featured events to look forward to. It will be interesting to find out what causes B. to go berserk and the featured carnage that could be included in the upcoming one-shot.

BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 will be available in comic shops on November 29, 2023. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

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About Mattson Tomlin:

Mattson Tomlin is a writer whose film credits include Project Power and Little Fish. He made his directing debut in 2021 with Mother/Android, starring Chloë Grace Moretz. He’s currently showrunning an anime series based on The Terminator, adapting the BOOM! comic BRZRKR into a feature film, and co-writing The Batman Part II with director Matt Reeves. In comics, he wrote BATMAN: THE IMPOSTER at DC and A VICIOUS CIRCLE for BOOM! He’s psyched to be here.

About Rebekah Isaacs:

Rebekah Isaacs is a comics illustrator based in Queens, NY.  She’s drawn interiors and covers for nearly every American comics publisher, most notably Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith for Dark Horse, Reaver for Skybound, Money Shot at Vault, and DV8: Gods & Monsters for DC/WildStorm.  When she’s at a restaurant she has to drink ALL of the free water before leaving.

What do you think of BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1? Are you excited about the upcoming new release coming in November? Have you read all the comics for the series so far? Let us know on social media and keep following The Illuminerdi for more comic news.


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Bryn Darby

Long time fan of Tokusatsu fan since Power Rangers was first released in the 90s. Whereas most Superhero fans grew up with DC Comics and Marvel, my childhood was surrounded by releases from Saban Entertainment such as Beetleborgs, along with anime, and other various fads of the generation. Anime is also a great passion with Digimon, That Time I Was Reincarnated As A Slime, and Demon Slayer being significant favorites. It was the love of both Power Rangers and Digimon that led to the path of becoming a Senior Writer for The Illuminerdi.