Comic Review: Bermuda #4 (IDW Publishing)

Bermuda, the awe-inspiring tropical adventure story from IDW, calls to us with its final issue. Will we respond to the call of the wild in this glittering ocean coast drama? […]

Bermuda, the awe-inspiring tropical adventure story from IDW, calls to us with its final issue. Will we respond to the call of the wild in this glittering ocean coast drama?

John Layman writes (and letters!!) this mini-series, and artist Nick Bradshaw, from New Brunswick Canada, delves into the visuals as only he can: producing charming and menacing characters, incredibly detailed splash pages with figures and landscapes twisting in all directions.

The stage direction is top-notch, with Bobby and Andi Randolph working to escape their kidnappers. And there are the aliens, the Mers, those fishers-of-men (and not in a biblical sense either). And the mysterious Bermuda, the young woman who swings in the trees, as independent as you please!

The story has a Hollywood Epic feel about it, from the setups to Layman’s dialogue. It’s in the big dynamics of how the characters interact, and in the timing of the events. And that’s a good thing for lovers of Steven Spielberg movies, of Robert Louis Stevenson novels, of online role-playing games. It’s escapism with a large budget feel, with payoffs and expansive risk-taking, of bigger-than-life stakes and bad guys.

It’s a lush theme park ride, this one. Colourist Len O’Grady plays well with highlight and shade, giving Bradshaw’s intricate linework the respect it deserves while emphasizing the 3D aspect in what his colouring can contribute.

Bonus content includes a map of the island and a look at the linework of variant covers and pages from the issue.

IDW, Bermuda #4, $4.99 for 32 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

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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!!