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Burnt-out Ends of Smoky Days

Brzrkr #1
Writers: Keanu Reeves & Matt Kindt
Artist: Ron Garney
Colors: Bill Crabtree
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover artists: Rafael Grampà (regular)/Rafael Grampà, Mark Brooks, Lee Bermejo, Dan Mora & Jonboy Meyers
Editors: Eric Harburn & Matt Gagnon
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Price: $4.99 US

If Brzrkr goes down in comics history for anything, it will be as a massive marketing success. This is far from the first time we’ve seen a celebrity-driven comic, but I don’t think a property intended as a launching pad/pitch for an other-media pet project for an actor or singer has ever caught the marketplace’s attention like this one has. Maybe it speaks to the star power of Keanu Reeves, or perhaps the delays in the release of this title helped to drive a level of anticipation we haven’t seen before. But I suspect it’s a combination of factors, not the least of which is the speculator-driven collectability side of the industry that’s become so prevalent in recent years. Collectors out there hoping to make big bucks from the proliferation of exclusive variant covers likely won’t see the windfall for which they’re hoping. There’s going to be so many copies of this comic out there that the chances of any significant value increases ought to be remote. But there’s a more significant question that I want to answer here…

Is this comic any good?

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