Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Ryan Browne
For a book I’ve been singing the praises of since issue one, it brings me no joy in conceding that the title does seem to be losing a little of its earlier momentum in recent months. The focus seems to be shifting-ever-so-slightly from thoroughly gripping protagonist Fillmore Press, and with more and more characters stepping into the spotlight, this latest story arc seems to have hit a bit of a lull.
That’s not to say this still isn’t a solid comic, because there’s undoubtedly a lot of things to like here. Spencer’s dialogue is as sharp as always, and Ryan Browne continues to make the transition from stellar artist Riley Rossmo less painful than it perhaps should be with his own chaotically captivating style.
In many ways though, Bedlam has become a victim of its own success and the shockingly brilliant nature of its first half-dozen issues. There’s something about the latest storyline that doesn’t seem to have the same gripping horror of the first arc, even if on paper (ordinary citizens being made to kill themselves – and others – at the whim of a madman’s mind control/hypnosis/subliminal suggestion/whatever it turns out to be) it clearly should have.
As I said though, there’s still a lot to like about this comic, and I’m confident enough in the creators abilities to think that this is most likely just a brief stumble before they recapture the magic I know they can provide. Spencer’s pacing seems to be a bit ‘off’ at the moment, and Brown’s artwork sometimes descends a little too much into craziness and comes across as sloppy instead. But these niggles aside, I’m still enjoying Bedlam, and I still can’t wait to see what comes next.
The writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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