Review – BRZRKR #7
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Artist: Ron Garney
Colourist: Bill Crabtree
Letterer: Clem Robins
Release Date: February 23rd 2022
As I began writing my review for BRZRKR #7, I realised that it has been a year to the day since the first issue dropped and I considered the journey that we have been on so far. I have reviewed every issue in the series released thus far and I have developed somewhat of a love/hate relationship with old Unute.
Some of the issues in this series have been high-octane, action-filled, awesome spectacles that I relished getting to read and review. Others have felt like poorly written bore-fests that rely too heavily on flashbacks in order to try and build some retroactive character development.
Others have just felt like pure filler and sadly, this is one of those issues.
The issue opens with Unute in some sort of chamber looking somewhat similar to how I do when I am stuck in heavy traffic; frustrated and ready to explode in a fit of untethered rage at any moment. To some degree, it actually functions as a metaphor for how I feel about following the BRZRKR comics from issue to issue.
The rest of the issue is spent telling us how Unute came to be stuck in this claustrophobic chamber in the form of an excruciatingly long monologue from the pretty bland character of Caldwell. This guy seemingly really likes the sound of his own voice given that he goes on for literally the entire issue.
As I was reading through it, I got the gist of what was going on and figured we would catch up to Unute and his weird neon coffin around halfway through the issue, before the entry finished with some exciting, climactic action sequence. Unfortunately this hypothetical high point in the issue never materialised and instead we were left with an issue that felt like nothing more than long-winded, bloated filler.
It should also be noted that this is the issue which follows on from what was the most intense, white-knuckle issue released thus far. BRZRKR #6 was an exciting, no-holds-barred entry that felt exhilarating to read through. In contrast, BRZRKR #7 is none of those things and therefore is nowhere near as gripping as the previous issue was.
Ron Garney’s artwork is sufficient through the issue, but unfortunately, – due to the low-key narrative that the artwork is accompanying, – he never gets any moments to truly shine or show off his artistic talents. The same can be said about Bill Crabtree’s colouring work; it is decent, but fails to blows you away at any point. It is a real shame that neither of these talented artists ever really get the chance to shine in this issue.
In summary, this probably is not the worst issue of BRZRKR that has been released thus far, however it is also far from the best. This issue sort of feels akin to a filler episode of one of those drawn out TV shows that goes for 24 episodes per season. It certainly fails to make the reader feel any of the buzz that the last issue managed to achieve.[yasr_multiset setid=1] [yasr_visitor_multiset setid=1]
If you enjoyed Dan’s review of BRZRKR #7, you can check out his review of the previous issue here.
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