Friday, April 24, 2009

Top Cow on Berserker #1

Mark you calendars for June 24th, as that is the day you can officially go berserk. Top Cow has just announced that Berserker #1 would be available for purchase on that date. The book represents the first release from the partnership of Top Cow and DiVide Pictures, which is run by Milo Ventimiglia. "Berkserker's a story I've wanted to tell for a long time and I'm insanely thrilled to have Top Cow and DiVide give it life,” commented writer Loverd, “Jeremy, Dale, and Dave blow me away every time new art comes in. It's like having your demented baby gouge your eyes with every new page. I've finally found people who are more unassumingly twisted than I am - ahem, Jeremy." The story focuses on the Norse idea of a "berserker," or a soldier so enraged that during the heat of battle they essentially destroy everything and everyone in their path. Picture that happening in a modern day grocery store. Crazy I know. You can check out Omnicomic's interview with Ron Rick Loverd and Jeremy Haun from NY Comic Con to get a little more insight into the comic. Full press release below. TOP COW, MILO VENTIMIGLIA AND DiVIDE PICTURES UNLEASH THE FEEL GOOD KILL OF THE SUMMER BERSERKER #1 LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 23rd, 2009– Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today the release of Berserker #1 which will be available in stores June 24th, 2009. Berserker #1 is the first full-length Top Cow comic book to be published in conjunction with DiVide Pictures, the production company co-founded by Heroes star, Milo Ventimiglia. “Berserker is a feel good kill, this is the book I wish I read as a kid,” explained Ventimiglia. “Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun, and Dave McCaig are definitely going to raise a bunch of eyebrows with the art and story in Berserker,” warned Filip Sablik, Top Cow Publisher, “When Milo and Russ from DiVide brought this series to us, they did it knowing we weren’t afraid to push the envelope to the limit. And it’s been bloody good fun since!” Fans received a glimpse of the new series in a zero issue that debuted at the 2009 New York Comic-Con. Berserker #0 has been extensively reviewed by various review websites, creating a media buzz after Ventimiglia discussed the comic in an interview aired on a February episode of the TODAY Show on NBC. The brutal new series offers a blend of Norse mythology with contemporary characters. The story focuses on an American war veteran and a high school athlete coming to grip with the animalistic and uncontrollable rage living inside them. Berserker #1 is written by screenwriter Rick Loverd and drawn by artist Jeremy Haun (Chuck, Battle for the Cowl: Arkham). Series artist Haun and artist Dale Keown (The Darkness/Pitt) will provide illustrations to the two cover variants featured on Berserker #1. "Berkserker's a story I've wanted to tell for a long time and I'm insanely thrilled to have Top Cow and DiVide give it life,” commented writer Loverd, “Jeremy, Dale, and Dave blow me away every time new art comes in. It's like having your demented baby gouge your eyes with every new page. I've finally found people who are more unassumingly twisted than I am - ahem, Jeremy." An additional limited cover variant of Berserker #1, signed by the creative team of Ventimiglia, Loverd and Haun, will be produced by the publisher to be included in a Retailer Support Pack for retailers who join the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Top Cow, DiVide Pictures, and the creators are proud to help support the CBLDF, which has protected the First Amendment rights of creators, publishers, and retailers in the comic book industry.

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