Loverd's Berserker series, put out by Top Cow Studios, is a no-holds-barred fight fest, and in issue six the first story arc of the new series comes to a close.
The series is a modern take on Norse mythology, and if it wasn't for the fact that the bulk of issue six is an impressive battle between series leads Farris and Aaron you'd probably feel a little lost coming in at issue six. There's a brief intro to the series at the start of the issue which helps you to understand the chaos that takes place in the issue. Berserkers, like Aaron and Farris, are an ancient race of warriors who have exceptional strength and endurance but are blinded by rage when they fight. It causes them to commit extreme acts of violence, with loved ones often getting in the way. The power the Berserkers possess is the focus of two competing groups, from Midgard and Asgaard, who have been key in the build to the battle that takes place.
It's a bit to take in at first, but, like I said, the focus of this issue really is the battle between Farris and Aaron — and that makes artist Jeremy Haun the star. Farris and Aaron throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at each other as they go at it in one of the all time most bad-ass fights in comics. There are explosions, broken bones and lots of blood. Haun's work really captures the brutality of the fight and the untold rage that the Berserkers possess. The one minor issue I found in the artwork was the impaling panel. Aaron's dad Ty looks like the impaling has deflated him. His shoulders still look big and buff, but his mid-section looks really small. Apart from that the artwork is generally well done and gives the impression that you definitely wouldn't want to meet either of these guys in a dark alley or jump in and try to break up their fight. They're nuts.
Loverd manages to weave in enough story to keep you interested and excited for the next arc while the action is going on. Karl Locke is just an absolute crazy bad guy who takes the ends justifies the means approach to his goals and won't let anything stop him from reaching them. It makes him a great villain for the series, and you just wonder what he's going to do next. The modern setting of Loverd's world also benefits Haun's artwork, as there's more explosive material for him to play with.
Berserkers issue six is a joyous read that presents one of the best fights I've seen in comics. Haun really captures the unbridled rage and fury that drives the Berserkers of Loverd's world with his artwork. It’s a violent throw-down that manages to weave enough story in to keep you excited for the next arc.