It seems like Bermuda Triangle tales are rare these days, but John Layman and Nick Bradshaw look to change that in a new four-part series starting this week. The Bermuda Triangle is certainly part of the new series, but in fact, it’s the lead character the title refers to in this action-adventure wrapped in fantasy mystery.
The issue opens with two rich kids flying on a private plane in a very bad storm. Their father isn’t with them, but they have a protector tasked with keeping them safe. Good luck doing that when your plane is hit by lightning! Soon, protagonist Bobby is woken up by a strange redheaded girl who is urging him to hurry up and run away from the beach. In shock, Bobby is worried about his little sister, but before he can get his bearings, strange fish humanoids ride up on giant lizards. From there, the narrative turns into a chase and a slow unveiling of who the girl is and what this island is about.
Layman and Bradshaw do well to capture your interest with different sights and plenty of weird fantasy creatures. Bradshaw dazzles with incredibly detailed art all the way down to every blade of grass and bit of algae clinging to the ground. Right down to the folds in Bobby’s coat jacket, Bradshaw will have you lingering on the page to soak everything in.
The character design is also on point, starting with the mysterious girl who has a pirate feel thanks to a musket and tattered-up sailor clothes. The fish people are also quite cool and like nothing you’ve seen before. The adventure feel to the series lives and dies by the originality of the characters revealed so far.
Bradshaw’s line-art is accompanied by color artist Len O’Grady, who brings an incredible amount of detail in the hues of tree trunks and in skin tones. The richness of Bradshaw’s lines is enhanced by these colors, which help bring out details of the jungle you might miss due to the nature of flat pencils.
A weakness of the fast-paced adventure style is the lack of character work, but that’s fairly common with comics like this. Plot progression is a bit limited too, though for a four-issue series it’s a fairly good start. To that point, the cliffhanger feels like it cuts things a bit short.
Layman pulls double duty by supplying the letters for the issue as well. The adventure feel of the story is aided by the lettering, which will embellish a “go!” in red with it bursting from the word balloon, or the fish people language drenched in weird symbols. You gotta appreciate lettering that also turns a bit gray to convey a whisper. There are a lot of neat ideas at work here in the letters alone.
Bermuda is great adventure comics with plenty of creative creature design and detailed art that can only be described as intense. Given its four-issue planned run, it’s an easy book to add to your pull list with a low buy-in to complete the full story.
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