**Warning: This comic book is not for the squeamish or easily offended**
Well howdy. Ghostwriter here, writing up a “Better Late Than Never” review of Bedlam #1 in order to catch up and be able to review Bedlam #2.
This is another Image comic book (quickly becoming my favorite publisher). This is one of the darkest stories I have read in quite some time.
First, what stood out to me:
1. The choice in color palette really accentuates the emotions and actions in this book. It switches between full color and a black/white/red palette, depending on who is the center of attention at that point.
2. This book keeps you guessing the entire issue. Is the antagonist captured? Is he the right person? What’s his next trick?
3. Last but not least, The antagonist. Arguably the most screwed up person mentally I’ve read in comics. The book opens with him on stage surrounded by murdered musicians (among other victims, but I don’t want to spoil anything) and this character “Madder Red” playing cards. Throughout the issue he embodies the term criminal mastermind.
Rating before reading: 6
Rating after reading: 9
I didn’t have much expectations on this issue, as it was recommended to me by a new member of my friendly neighborhood comic book store that I had never spoken to before. It was an Image comic, so it had that going for it, plus the cover art, with the enthusiastic recommendation of this fan as the icing on top. So I gave it a shot and it is now and for the foreseeable future on my pull list. The first issue is really a bit of a set-up for the rest of the series, considering you don’t know anything about Mad Redder, but he gives Joker a run for his money at the title of “Most Criminally Insane”. I really enjoyed the fact that the antagonist was the focus of the story as well, giving you a different P.O.V. and a look inside of the mind of someone who thinks like that. If you are not easily offended, and you need an extra series to give a look at, try this one on for size. It’s $3.50 an issue and I know my comic book store had extra copies, so it should be in stock.
That’s all for now, but expect a review on Bedlam #2 which was released this week soon.
Until next time, Stay Classy San Diego