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Bedlam #6 [SPOILERS]

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Bedlam #6 [SPOILERS]

Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:06 pm

Eh...hmm.

This is my jumping off point apparently. I have several problems with the storyline and this issue with its sort-of-a-resolution in particular.

Problem #1 is the characters. The finicky main character doesn't seem connected to the killed in issue #1 who purportedly got his head popped off like a dandelion with no explanation for how he's alive except there are some weird-ass doctors in Bedlam. Worse, his lines of reasoning over the last half a dozen issues have been murky and spotted with too-convenient lightbulbs over his head.

What to make of the rest of the cast? Ramira Acevedo, cardboard and convenient foil who has to be drugged unconscious and taken out of the picture for the final third of the arc and then be filled in on what happened. Or The First or whatever he's called--are we supposed to think he's the most inept crimefighter in the history of superhero comics? Which beings me to...

Problem #2, the fight scene. The huge guy in body armor from head to toe with no regard for any strategy at all bursts in through a window and lets himself get repeatedly shot at close range and even beaten by a naked guy using his rifle like a baseball bat. The scene was drawn badly, but perhaps part of the fault lies in the fact that the whole scene is not credible from start to finish, at least as shown here.

Problem #3, the end of this issue and sort of a resolution. I am supposed to believe that there is not one naked dude with his junk scraped off who has weird religious Stockholm Syndrome for a creepy old priest who molested him and so he somehow bolted a heavy but non-functioning metal set of wings to his own back, but rather a whole gang of them who all did that. Again, I don't really buy it, and the gross old priest is let off the hook for it all for no reason I can see. Nobody's motivations or actions are lining up right, and Rossmo's art isn't helping to make the action clearer either, I hate to say.

Initially, the mystery of how Madder Red survived and what his motivations were, his history, were the most interest features of Bedlam, but after an intriguing set-up they seem to have been lost in a pretty typical washed out story of a serial killer with no greater depth than "he did it because he was molested by a priest".

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Re: Bedlam #6 [SPOILERS]

Postby GiveWarAChance » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:15 pm

This will be my last issue of the series too. I would have dropped it earlier if I didn't use a mail order service. Nothing about the series has clicked with me. The art is really hideous.
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Re: Bedlam #6 [SPOILERS]

Postby Victorian Squid » Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:23 pm

GiveWarAChance wrote:This will be my last issue of the series too. I would have dropped it earlier if I didn't use a mail order service. Nothing about the series has clicked with me. The art is really hideous.


I would say his style is not for everyone, but if you've read Shadowline's Dia De Los Muertos miniseries, the different art styles he uses for each of the vignettes prove he's actually capable of much more than the scratchy, static art in Bedlam. The panel with The First smashing through the glass window is so overly line-y and stiffly composed, it looks like an awkward ballpoint pen sketch on a high school notebook cover.

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Re: Bedlam #6 [SPOILERS]

Postby Keb » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:02 pm

The art in Proof is enough to show that Rossmo is a decent artist but after reading issue 1 I decided to pass on this piece.

I might actually dislike Nick Spencer if I read this.

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Re: Bedlam #6 [SPOILERS]

Postby GLX » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:25 pm

Keb wrote:
I might actually dislike Nick Spencer if I read this.


That'd happen if you read his Fear Itself: Secret Avengers material. Normally, he's a decent-to-good writer; that was below his usual standard of quality.
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