Comic Review: Bermuda #1 (IDW Publishing)

Just in time for warm summer weather, balmy Bermuda #1 launches from IDW. This title, an all-ages-friendly adventure story, starts with two kids flying in the company jet over the […]

Just in time for warm summer weather, balmy Bermuda #1 launches from IDW.

This title, an all-ages-friendly adventure story, starts with two kids flying in the company jet over the Caribbean. They’re going to meet their dad on vacation. The tiny plane is downed in bad weather, and Bobby and Andi Randolph are stranded on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s a fun start to this four-issue miniseries. Bermuda is written by John Layman (Eisner-awards, Chew, Detective, etc) with art by Nick Bradshaw ( Wolverine, X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc) from the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Colours are by Len O’Grady, lettering by John Layman.

As Bobby and Andi learn the ropes and outrun dinosaurs, their protector, a 16-year-old girl, helps them adapt and survive the elements.

The story is engaging and witty, sort of a Goonies-meets-Jurassic Park-meets-Lost. Layman has strong instincts in story flow and dialogue. While we are getting our bearings along with Bobby and Andi, we are being treated to mind-blowing art by Bradshaw. Detailed, meticulously rendered scenes of dramatic storyline, with Bradshaw’s chops getting stronger and stronger. In terms of visual narrative, the panel flow is exquisite; lines move the eye from moment, dark areas putting us on pause for story beats. The figures twist, turn, with great closeups and expressions.

There are many great moments in Bermuda, and young readers will especially enjoy it reading it again and again.

IDW, Bermuda #1(of 4), $4.99 for 21 pages of story content.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!