BRZRKR Prequel Series "Poetry of Madness" Previewed by Keanu Reeves, BOOM! Studios

Keanu Reeves made the jump from movie star to comic book creator with BRZRKR in 2021, and the hit series is finishing up its final volume this year. That said, BRZRKR has already been set up and primed to be a massive multimedia franchise, with a movie adaptation, anime series, and novel all in the works. Add to that list another BRZRKR comic series that's been announced, a prequel story one-shot titled BRZRKR: Poetry of Madness #1.

As detailed in the press release by BRZRKR publisher BOOM! Studios, BRZRKR: Poetry of Madness will be a "Lovecraftian nightmare" that follows the titular character "B." at an earlier point in his immortal existence, where he was known as "The Tip of the Trident" and "Poseidon's Pet Demon," while serving as protector of the city of Atlantis. While full details haven't been revealed yet, it's clear that this story will b the BRZRKR version of the Atlantis, and how it sank down to become the undersea kingdom of legend. 

This sort of one-shot special highlights the greatest strength of the BRZRKR series: the idea that B., as an immortal has lived so many lifetimes there are endless stories to tell about it (suited to many different formats), including stories like this, which intersect with actual myth, legend, or historical events. 

Get the full details from BOOM! Studios about BRZRKR: Poetry of Madness #1 below – and check out some preview pages HERE

BRZRKR: Poetry of Madness #1 Preview

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See Atlantis Like Never Before…Blood-Soaked & Filled with Monsters in July 2023

BOOM! Studios revealed today a first look at BRZRKR: POETRY OF MADNESS #1 from iconic filmmaker and record-shattering comic creator Keanu Reeves, acclaimed writer and artist Steve Skroce (We Stand On Guard), and Eisner-winning colorist Dave Stewart (Black Hammer). The first-ever BRZRKR one-shot special pits the immortal B. against a Lovecraftian nightmare, available this July.

A sea of gore and devastation awaits as B., through a fateful chance encounter, safeguards the advanced and ancient realm of Atlantis as its unstoppable protector. But a deceived king serves as a symbol for the rot inside the kingdom, as the security and peace created through B.'s violence is shallow… The cracks created by a secret cult might spell a monstrous end for the legendary city, one beyond even B.'s ability to save.

BRZRKR: POETRY OF MADNESS #1 features covers by Steve Skroce, Travis Charest (Wildcats), David Aja (Hawkeye), and David Mack (Kabuki).

BRZRKR: POETRY OF MADNESS is the newest release from BOOM! Studios' eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell'Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Wynd by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Briar by Christopher Cantwell and Germán García; Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A.L. Kaplan; The Approach by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, and Jesus Hervas; Damn Them All by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; Behold, Behemoth by Tate Brombal and Nick Robles; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; Know Your Station by Sarah Gailey and Liana Kangas; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; Mosely by Rob Guillory and Sam Lotfi; Harrower by Justin Jordan and Brahm Revel; The Neighbors by Jude Ellison S. Doyle and Letizia Cadonici; The Seasons Have Teeth by Dan Watters and Sebastián Cabrol; Ghostlore by Cullen Bunn and Leomacs; and Sirens of the City by Joanne Starer and Khary Randolph. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Harkonnen from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Michael Shelfer; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; Magic from Jed McKay, Rich Douek, and Ig Guara; and The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Andy Diggle and Rubine.

BRZRKR: POETRY OF MADNESS #1 will be available in comic shops July 26, 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. 

Source: BOOM! Studios