Inside 'Berserker #1' by Breakdown Press
Short introductory entries to new stories by Anya Davidson, Jonathan Chandler, Benjamin Marr, Lane Milburn and Lando breathe incredible life into this misleading small book. Not only are all these stories you cannot wait to continue to dig into, there is also a short one shot by Hardeep Pandhal, an illustrated short story by Peter Bebergal and Alexander Tucker. Davidson's Night Timers (pictured above) quickly introduces a colorful cast of characters in a not-so-distant trouble future. The entry from Lando, Odnal's Pral (pictured below) is a great introduction to his style: a wordless, high-concept thriller. Nomadic wanderers travel through a valley of buried beings to seek a temple which enables them to transform into a new form.
The additional content, an interview with Robert Beatty conducted by Sammy Harkham, an Alan Jefferson interview conducted by Jamie Sutcliffe, an interview with Joey Holder by Philip Serfaty and a feature on artist Adham Faramawy provide excellent and thoughtful insight into a well-rounded group of artists. The interviews are supplemented with tons of great art from the subjects and the Faramawy feature especially gives a unique presentation of an artist, representing themselves and their work in a print manner.
The beginning of five exciting new stories and all the additional material make Berserker #1 an excellent addition to the shelf of any sci-fi fan and fans of insight into the process of making not only comics but visual and performance art.