Dark Horse Comics is no stranger to comics starring barbarians. The publisher held the rights to Robert E. Howard’s Conan for fifteen years before losing them to Marvel. Berserker Unbound, then, is a perfect fit for Dark Horse. Created by writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato Jr. (his first non-Marvel work), the first issue of the series saw The Mongrel King (the titular Berserker) return from war to find he had lost everything he cares about, and exact his bloody revenge against the horde who murdered his family. And then things got weird, as a wizard sent the King through a magical portal, landing him in modern-day New York City, where he was found by a stranger.
He doesn’t speak the language. He doesn’t know the customs. And he doesn’t know what might be coming after him.
Check out a preview, exclusive to The Beat, of the first six pages of Berserker Unbound #2. The next installment in the series will be available digitally and in stores on Wednesday, September 4th.
Berserker Unbound #2
Written by Jeff Lemire
Illustrated by Mike Deodato Jr.
Colored by Frank Martin
Lettered by Steve Wands
Covers by Mike Deodato Jr. and Andrea Sorrentino
Ripped from a savage world ruled by magic and dropped at the outskirts of a modern city, feared warrior the Mongrel King is found and rescued by a homeless man who guides him through a new land with new vices and hardships.