LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 4, 2008 â€“ Top Cow Productions Inc. announced at San Diego Comic-Con they will partner with Milo Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff of DiVide Pictures to publish Berserker, a new comic book series created by Rick Loverd.
â€œBerserker is about people discovering they have superhuman ancient Norse powers as theyâ€™re pulled into an underground war thatâ€™s been raging for a thousand years,â€ explained Loverd. But the writer pointed out there are bigger themes. â€œItâ€™s about people dealing with all the curves the world throws, accepting yourself,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s about not feeling helpless in the face of new challenges and, when someone builds a wall in front of you, smashing right through it with your bare hands. And, of course, itâ€™s about bone-popping bloodlust, spine-crushing action, and saving the world from total destruction!â€
Since Ventimiglia and Cundiff are also developing the comic book series Rest with Devilâ€™s Due Publishing, when they saw Berserker, they recognized right away its potential for the four-color medium.
â€œWe just wanted to see the story come to life,â€ declared Ventimiglia, star of the hit NBC series â€œHeroes,â€ whose third season starts in September. â€œLoverdâ€™s script was actually a television pilot and our first comment was, â€˜Wow! This is way too edgy for TV,â€™ so we thought, â€˜What better medium than comics?â€™â€
Loverd is thrilled Berserker is moving forward. â€œI think the best thing a young writer could possibly do is work with a company like DiVide,â€ he expressed. â€œTheyâ€™re all about helping you realize your creative vision. Theyâ€™re young, theyâ€™re smart, and theyâ€™re hungry. They know what it means to put out a great book and they wonâ€™t be satisfied with anything less.â€
For their part, DiVide Pictures needed to find the right publisher to work with for Berserker. Since they were already working with Devilâ€™s Due on Rest, they sought out Top Cow.
â€œTop Cow is a company that is known for good art and great stories and to be partnered with them on Berserker seemed like the right fit,â€ said Cundiff, who noted they plan to develop the property into something more, perhaps a film.
â€œWe want to see people wearing Berserker T-shirts, maybe carrying lunchboxes,â€ smiled Cundiff. â€œUntil then, we are looking to make a kick-ass book.â€
â€œBerserker is one of those unique properties, which on the surface may seem familiar but quickly takes you on a series of unexpected twists and turns, and grabbed our attention right away,â€ described Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik. â€œRick Loverdâ€™s world of dark, intense violence paired with rich characters grounded in the real world fits perfectly with Top Cow. And of course, weâ€™re thrilled to have Milo and Russ at DiVide Pictures as partners on this property as they bring an endless amount of enthusiasm and ideas to the table.â€
The Berserker comic book is currently in development and will debut in 2009.