Image Comics’ newest horror story, Bedlam, is back this week to add to the mayhem from the debut issue. The story is loaded with intriguing plot details as villain extraordinaire Madder Red, tries to take on a new life. Rossmo’s art is specifically designed for Spencer’s story, adding to its overall insanity of the story. This issue picks up the pace, but remains somewhat ominous.
WRITTEN BY: Nick Spencer
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
RELEASE: November 28th, 2012
“Bedlam” follows one Fillmore Press, once the psychopathic terrorist Madder Red but now, thanks to the help of a doctor – that reminds of Victor Frankenstein – is simply trying clear his soul and rejoin the human population. The city of Bedlam itself is currently plagued by a brutal murderer who we get a glimpse of in action in this issues prologue. This issue is a massive contrast to the first issue. Previously the story really revolved around Fillmore’s past as Madder Red, while this issue turns its focus to Fillmore’s present life and the events unfolding around him. Due to thhe change, unfortunately, the book doesn’t have the same psychopathic dialogue that issue #1 possessed.
Nonetheless, Nick Spencer is weaving one hell of a story and is truly excelling at his craft. The use of flashbacks to help explain what Madder Red went through to get to this point, coupled with mysterious banter between Fillmore and his doc allow for an in depth understand of the plot and sub plots. “Bedlam” is about much more than the rehabilitation of a murderer, though it’s hard to see where Spencer is taking us on this ride through villainy.
When it comes to art, I tend to like hard lines, clear images and eye popping colour. This book is the exact opposite with excessively sketchy lines giving it an unfinished look and a soft colour pallet that stays neutral unless there is a presence of blood. Rossmo’s art has only grown on me over the year, the sketchy style reflects the mood of the story as well as Fillmore’s current mental state, it also makes the book a more intriguing read as there is clearly a method to Rossmo’s madness. The closer I inspect the drawing, the more impressed I am by the details hiding underneath the wild line work.
“Bedlam” is like a 7-layer nacho dip. It has many different layers that are becoming more mixed together and there’s no end in sight. Not lacking violence and gore either, this book has potential to become one of my favorite reads.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd