Defending Your Buddy With Berserker Unbound #4

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

The sorcerer and his hordes have arrived in our world, and they have only one mission: kill the Mongrel King and all who stand with him. Of course, the Berserker will not fall without a fight, and he slays all of the killers that have come through the portal. However, Joe Cobb is no fighter, and the sorcerer discerns that he is a friend of the Mongrel King. The sorcerer takes Joe Cobb as a hostage to provoke the Mongrel King into surrender.

Berserker Unbound #4 cover by Mike Deodato Jr. and Frank Martin
Berserker Unbound #4 cover by Mike Deodato Jr. and Frank Martin

Berserker Unbound #4 brings this first tale of the Mongrel King to a close. His enemies have found him, even on another world. However, it also gives the Berserker a chance for bloody revenge, but it may cost him his only friend, Joe Cobb.

This comic is very light on dialogue and narration; Jeff Lemire instead gives Mike Deodato Jr. and Frank Martin a lot of room to show the Berserker slaying his enemies with skill, wit, and stealth.

What little narration we do get explains “the mists” that the sorcerer goes on about and the Berserker’s relation to them. This adds a bit more background and fleshing out for the Mongrel King, his family, and village. In fact, it explains why he is the Mongrel King.

Deodato Jr. and Martin do a wonderful job with the action scenes in this comic. There is plenty of slashing, stabbing, and blood to go around. We get to see the Berserker become truly unbound, and it’s infinitely satisfying and cathartic after the first three issues of this miniseries. Deodato also does a good job of showing the sorrow and emptiness experienced by the Berserker and Joe as they realize how unfulfilling victory can be without their families. Martin’s color art keeps things lively and vibrant throughout.

Berserker Unbound #4 brings a spectacular finish to this first story of the Mongrel King. We get plenty of action, humor, and heart as the Berserker and Joe begin to realize how much they’ve come to care for one another. Also, the repetition of the word “buddy” is endearing and cute as hell. This comic, needless to say, gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

Berserker Unbound #4 comes to us from writer Jeff Lemire, artist Mike Deodato Jr., color artist Frank Martin, letterer Steve Wands, cover artist Mike Deodato Jr. with Frank Martin, and variant cover artist Christian Ward.

Final Score: 9/10

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