Ahead of next week’s Emerald City Comic Con, Dark Horse Comics has announced Berserker Unbound, a new four-issue miniseries by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato Jr. The series tells the story story of a wizard-battling barbarian who is transported to modern times. The first issue of the series will also feature a variant cover by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
Barbarians are all the rage now it seems, with a certain Crom-worshiping fellow experiencing a resurgence over at Marvel. Lemire and Deodato Jr. have previously worked together on the 2016 Thanos series, and Deodato Jr.’s most recent work was the Infinity Wars event miniseries for Marvel. Deodato Jr. still has forthcoming Marvel work in the form of the upcoming Savage Avengers series (which happens to feature Conan the Barbarian), but in a recent Facebook post the artist announced he would be stepping away from the publisher to focus on creator-owned work. Lemire, of course, is the prolific creator of the award-winning Black Hammer universe, also published by Dark Horse, as well as countless other series like Image’s Descender (soon to return as Ascender) with Dustin Nguyen and Vertigo’s Sweet Tooth, which he wrote and drew himself.
Check out a preview image by Deodato Jr., as well as the full press release announcement for the series, below. Berserker Unbound #1 (of 4) smashes its way into stores in August.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (March 5, 2019)—Writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), artist Mike Deodato Jr. (Thanos), and colorist Frank Martin (East of West) are joining forces once again, this time to bring a modern twist to an epic fantasy in Berserker Unbound. Dark Horse Comics is excited to release this action-packed new series, with covers by both Mike Deodato Jr. and a first issue variant by Hellboy’s Mike Mignola!
Berserker Unbound kicks off with a merciless, sword-wielding warrior thrown through a wormhole to a modern day metropolis. Our hero quickly realizes that he must protect this new world from an evil wizard who will stop at nothing to send him and this new world to hell.“I really wanted to draw a barbarian story and Jeff turned this dream of mine into a reality with this deeply emotional story of friendship seen through multiple dimensions. I am not exaggerating when I say this book has the most epic battles I’ve ever drawn! Berserker Unbound is a turning point in my career.” – Mike Deodato Jr.“As soon as I had a chance to work with Mike Deodato on Thanos at Marvel I knew it would be the start of a beautiful partnership. We immediately started talking about the potential of teaming up for a creator-owned series. Mike is an incredible artist and, with Berserker Unbound, I tried to model a story to all of his many strengths. Berserker Unbound is many things. It has magic, action, and blood, but it also has heart. And it’s not at all what it first appears to be. We’re both very excited to be working together at Dark Horse, with Frank Martin and Steve Wands, to build the worlds of both Berserker and the world of Cobb, his unexpected companion.” – Jeff LemireBerserker Unbound #1 (of four) goes on sale August 7, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.