Bermuda #3, from IDW, comes to comic stores on September 15. Writer and letterer John Layman shows us the events of the issue through a supporting character, Doc Nakamura. Artist Nick Bradshaw and colorist Len O’Grady present the story through angles that highlight tension.
Bermuda, the series titular protagonist, reluctantly helps a castaway look for his sister.
Bermuda #3: The Doc Nakamura Chapter
Layman makes Bermuda’s helper, Doc Nakamura, the main character of Bermuda #3. Here, Doc is not just a voice of reason, but somebody who has his own challenges and personality. While he looks at his life in the Navy with some nostalgia, he wants a life outside of it. He’s unlike his former captain and crew who held onto the hierarchy of the Navy so much that it practically became a religion to them.
Doc’s good nature and optimism serve as major highlights in Bermuda #3. Despite Captain Cutter’s subtly racist remark towards Nakamura, the Doc believes in the necessity of having him and the rest of the ocean men as allies. Because having an army against greater threats is a tremendous benefit.
Bradshaw’s art in Bermuda #3 continues to showcase the Triangle’s magnificent dangers. The first pages feature a kraken overwhelming a submarine in different angles, only to seem like a smaller threat when compared to a massive megalodon. It serves as good foreshadowing of Bermuda and co.’s clash with the Ocean Men. It also represent the series’ ever increasing stakes.
Amid all of the excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s happening. But maybe that’s because O’Grady takes the time to feature camouflage in Bermuda’s lizard mount and the Navy soldiers. Otherwise, the more eye-catching objects like giant spiders or Doc and the Ocean Men’s matching uniforms guide readers through the jungle. Not that it makes Layman’s lettering any less important. He takes the time to make dedicated shouts and sound effect designs.
Get Ready In Bermuda #3
Bermuda #3 makes Doc more than just a supporting character. Accompanying him is a strong sense of scale and danger that increases with every page. So, before the grand finale, this issue reminds us why we love these characters.