Heroes & Villains: ‘Berserker Unbound’ + DC Universe Thoughts

This week I’ve got a little about comics and a lot of rambling about TV in store for you, the reader. Thrills are sure to be had by…most. Let’s get to it.

Berserker UnboundBerserker Unbound #1
Jeff Lemire (W)
Mike Deodato Jr. (A)
Dark Horse Comics

Now and then a comic comes along that makes such a crater when it lands all other comic books related that week should flee in terror. In astronomical terms, it’s referred to as an extinction-level event, just like what wiped out the dinosaurs. This week it’s Berserker Unbound from Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato Jr.

I’ve been a Lemire Loyalist (not sure if I just coined a term there) ever since I read Essex County over a decade ago. I adored EC and after I finished I eagerly awaited what he had to offer next. Much to my surprise, he began churning out some quality Marvel and DC work in the following years all while continuing to produce the indie books that I loved.

So when you tell me that Lemire is producing a BARBARIAN BOOK with Mike Deodato Jr, it’s something I clear my schedule for.

From Dark Horse: A merciless sword and sorcery warrior finds himself blasted through a wormhole to a modern-day metropolis where he must protect those around him from an evil wizard determined to send him to hell. 

Pretty cool, right? The first issue is a great opening chapter and drives home the fact that this is the book Deodato Jr. was put on this earth to draw. The amount of fun these two appear to be having with the premise is readily apparent and you need to check Berserker Unbound out.

TV etc.

In brief, my free time has been pretty tightly regimented this last month or so. I haven’t had a ton of time to sit down in front of the old idiot box, so when I DO have time I have to make sure it’s worth it.

If you’re in the US (or, I don’t know using a VPN or torrents which is WRONG and you SHOULDN’T DO THAT), the second half of Young Justice season 3 is currently airing on the DC Universe app. As I mentioned previously, this show alone is the reason to subscribe to the service. Young Justice is a phenomenal show and thankfully already got picked up for a fourth season. 

Where that’s going to air is anyone’s guess. Some of the news coming out of SDCC this year was that Doom Patrol was picked up for a second season that will air simultaneously on the DC Universe app and the new HBO Max app. Not sure what this means for DC’s streaming service beyond the sporadically released original content. Real talk, after the first half of YJ’s third season I cancelled my subscription until the show came back. I couldn’t justify the expense. Especially when I already have Batman: The Animated Series on Blu-ray.

Speaking of B:TAS, news broke late last week that Kevin Conroy would be appearing as an older Bruce Wayne in the CW’s upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. It’s no secret that I derive endless amounts of joy from the CW (and to a certain extent the DC Universe shows) consistently dunking on the recent DCEU cinematic outings. I know it’s fan service, but it’s fun and exciting in a way the DC movies haven’t been in ages. 

There’s a been a slew of other casting announcements for Crisis, all of them equally cool (some of which I’ve covered here), but few have gotten me fired up quite like this one. If Conroy is on board as an older Bruce Wayne does that mean we’ll see a CW take on Batman Beyond? How far behind can Mark Hamill be from appearing as The Joker? Note: I will also accept an audio cameo from Mr. Hamill. 

Crisis on Infinite Earths is set to air this December.

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