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Comic Review: Bedlam #10

Posted on December 1, 2013 at 3:00 am by Heather Antos

bedlam_10-1Written By: Nick Spencer

Pencils By: Ryan Browne

Colors By: Jean-Paul Csuka

Cover By: Frazer Irving

Published By: Image Comics






Imagine a world where, hypothetically, the Joker got himself some recognitive psychotherapy, and now, instead of planning mass murdering killing sprees, his spends his free time alongside Gotham’s finest, using his ingenious brains and experience solving crimes involving other serial killers.

Well, you don’t have to imagine, because Nick Spencer and Ryan Browne’s Bedlam is nearly just that! Except instead of the Joker, our murderous maniac is known as Madder Red, and instead of Gotham, he used to be the malevolent crime lord ruling the city of Bedlam. Now “cured” of his mania, he’s trying to protect the city he once terrorized. But what happens when the city turns on itself?

Bedlam is by far one of the most creative and interesting comic series that I’ve ever had the wonderful opportunity of finding. I have yet to encounter a single issue of the series that I haven’t liked. And Bedlam #10 is no different.


In our latest encounters with ex-Madder Red crime lord, Fillmore Press is currently trying to help Bedlam’s Police Department decipher who is behind one of the strangest mass murders the city has ever seen: a multitude of office workers just walking right off the rooftops of their offices, seemingly willingly, plunging to their deaths amidst the traffic below. Not to mention the recent spree of self-exploding civilians before that!  What’s even stranger is Fillmore believes the pixelated face behind all this madness is hypnotizing Bedlam’s civilians into killing themselves and their fellow citizens.

Nick Spencer is the creative genius behind these wicked men, and let’s just be glad that he chooses to write them down in comic books for fans to enjoy rather than embark on his own super genius villain endeavors. Spencer’s telling of both past and present stories concurrently of Madder Red to his audience is full of action and suspense. The tenth installment of this dastardly dark series is a page turner; I kept my eyes glued to the page, and even kept looking for more pages once I finished reading. Spencer may have ended Bedlam #10 with the biggest cliffhanger yet – Bedlam’s own superhero, The First, is now being controlled and causing mayhem by the mastermind behind the city’s latest disasters. What’s worse, he also now has Fillmore alone to himself.

Ryan Browne’s pencils display perfectly the mayhem that is a constant in Bedlam. His ability to produce such a finished look – for what may look like at first glance just a rough sketch – truly gives off the essence of the insanity inside Fillmore’s head, not to mention the insanity inside of Bedlam! Jean-Paul Csuka’s colors fill Madder Red’s past with bloody reds, ashy grays, and streaky whites. But when Csuka colors Browne’s pencils of the present, he fills Bedlam in with muted tones. Telling the story of Bedlam with two vastly different color palettes was a risk that paid off well. With a creative team like this, Bedlam gives truly quite the captivating visual storytelling experience.


Nick Spencer leaves readers on the edge of their seats with Bedlam. Will The First be among one of this pixelated villain’s serial deaths? Will he tempt Fillmore into slipping back into his devious, deadly ways? Whether you’re a fan of the horror, detective, or superhero genres, Bedlam #10 has something for you. I highly recommend this series to any fan of comics out there. You will not be disappointed!

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