From the mastermind of Image Comics extraordinaire, Nick Spencer (known for the outstanding Morning Glories and Thief Of Thieves) and brilliant artist Riley Rossmo (known for Green Wake and Debris) are releasing a new series, entitled Bedlam. Bedlam is set in a dark and tortured city, which has been terrorised by maniacal killer and head honcho crime boss called Madder Red, who has since been rehabilitated, and left the city still soaked with the blood and madness he has sown in his time as a crime boss.
“It’s a scary world these characters live in. A desperate one. It’s brutal what we put them through,” Says writer Spencer, who has certainly not shied away from putting his characters through the mixer in the past. “The shocks aren’t confined to the last page, they’re peppered throughout. There are a lot of ‘shift in your seat uncomfortably’ moments. You don’t get Riley Rossmo to draw your book and not heap on the horror and violence.”
“There’s a long-form, big commitment story here, that we will hopefully tell for years to come,” Spencer continued. “It’s like Morning Glories in that sense. The book’s not going to be around a little while then vanish. The goal here it to build a mythology around a modern American metropolis, with Madder Red as our guide. It’s exhilarating, starting down the path of something like this.”
“Bedlam’s art is pulling a bit stylistically from my last three books,” Said artist Rossmo in an interview about the new title. “I’m trying for a cleaner line, lots of spotted blacks, and strong, well-designed colour palettes. The film ‘M’ and David Mazzucchelli are big visual influences. I’m super-happy with the pages I’ve finished so far.”
The first forty-eight page issue of Bedlam is due out on Halloween with a cover by Frazer Irving, and the creative team optimistically anticipate that it will be the first of many. It is available for pre-order now from your local comic book shops or from the Image Comics website.