And Then I Read: ASTRO CITY 31

Astro_City_Vol_3_31Image © Juke Box Productions.

The Living Nightmare, given the form seen above, IS pretty creepy. Visually interesting and disturbing at the same time. As drawn very similarly in the story by Jesús Merino, I kept looking at him, trying to reconcile the unlikely anatomy. His tale, as told by Kurt Busiek, comes to life in the dreams of ordinary people, forming a narrative of sorts as the creature becomes self-aware in a way it hadn’t been before. Escaping from the confines of a First Family containment device, the Nightmare goes on a rampage. But even as it does, it begins to realize it’s being controlled and directed by an outside force. Can it overcome that force, and confront it? What will happen then? Can an entity fed by fear have its own fears? That’s the story, and it’s a good one.


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