The Dreaming #4
Daniel has abdicated his position as Lord of the Dreaming and it has wreaked havoc with the realm. In desperation Merv released Judge Gallows from his long confinement. Gallows quickly moves to establish a totalitarian regime in the name of law and order.
This issue sees Cain on a quest for answers about what's happening to the realm and more specifically to his brother. This journey sends the first son on a path to uncomfortable truths that he's seeing for perhaps the first time. Meanwhile Matthew returns from his undisclosed mission and is horrified by the state of the Dreaming, by the condition of his friends, and by the fruits of his efforts. Lucien manages to rally some unlikely allies for a desperate attempt to stop the judge's reign of terror, but is it too little too late?
I am really enjoying this story and the book is quickly establishing itself as a solid read. Evely’s beautiful work is simultaneously simple in its execution while also offering plenty of detail. Her use of space and panel arrangements flows creatively while but still guides the reader clearly and naturally through the story. The story itself builds on familiar themes — seeking help in times of crisis, willing to give ultimate power to a strong hand only to find the fist strikes wide — but in an interesting way.
Spurrier draws from several mythologies (including some of his own making) to bring a fresh take on old themes of mistrust, miscarriages of cruel (in)justice, and the fear of others ruling reason. Clearly intended to be a cautionary tale of willingly giving up freedom for security, the story brings home its message wrapped up in brilliant storytelling and beautiful art.
It's still not entirely clear what the endgame of this story will be, but honestly I don't really care. This story is a reminder that it is not the destination, but rather the journey that truly matters.
The Dreaming #4: Come Eat My Dreams
Writing - 10/10
Storyline - 10/10
Art - 10/10
Color - 10/10
Cover Art - 10/10
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