It’s becoming apparent that Riley Rossmo (Proof, Rebel Blood) is becoming synonymous with the art genre of horror and with his newly begun collaboration with writer Nick Spenser (Morning Glories) in their newest work “Bedlam” its even more evident than ever.
“Bedlam” takes place in a city that bears the same name. Bedlam has been tormented by a mass-murderer by the name of Madder Red, who bears a strikingly similar showmanship as the Joker, but not quite as clever, or formulated. Time has passed since Madder Red’s reign of terror and his imminent capture, but the slayings persist.
Rossmo borrows color cues from “Green Wake” to differentiate breaks in time as the story continually changes narrative perspectives. One moment Madder Red is bathing in nubile blood and the next we’re given an introduction to a lobotomy. Keep in mind that the dramatic color shifts indicate changes in time and you should easily be able to avoid any confusion you may acquire during the plot.
What is most interesting about “Bedlam” isn’t the mindless violence or the morale boasting words of its city’s police force, but rather the aftermath of the mind that still remains of the citizen that is post Madder Red (Madder Red after his capture and lobotomy). Post Madder Red is first introduced as a docile, aged, and reconciled civilized self, but as soon as he’s exposed to the corruption of his urban environment, he’s a brilliant criminal mind that has plenty to offer in aiding his city in the capture of whoever is behind its recent serial murders.
Bedlam is an extremely interesting read both visually and mentally that dives into the mind of a sociopath and how he perceives society and he can have a positive effect in its revival. At first glance Bedlam appears it will have an obvious outcome of killer kills killer that has been emulating his killings, but as the first few pages tease the appearance of multiple psychopathic entities that go unmentioned during the first issue, there is much more to be revealed.
5 out of 5