Bedlam is the newest series from Image that plays with the usual comic conventions. Sure there are a lot of things here story wise that have been done before but it still has me interested enough to invest some time into this series for the next few issues.
The story revolves around the bad guy Madder Red who is the combination of the Joker, the Mad Hatter, and some villain in an anime. He does some despicable and disturbing things, one of them being a fondness for killing children. But his capture wasn’t the end for him as he meets another sinister character named The Good Doctor that for some unknown reason decides to make Madder Red a good guy against his will.
So Madder Red basically becomes an anti-hero.
I absolutely love the artwork in this comic. Riley Rossmo (Rebel Blood, Green Wake) makes the world balance between gritty and realistic. But it is Jean-Paul Csuka that steals the show with his colors. For some reason I am a sucker for black and white scenes with smudges of color.
As for Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Thief of Thieves) the writer, he needs to lay off the speeches. I get that he is trying to set the series set up but you cannot have too many speeches contained in one comic. It gets a little overbearing. Hopefully this won’t happen in future issues.
All in all, this is definitely a comic to pick up for something new. I am willing to give it a try for a few more issues.
Bedlam #1 will be released on October 31.