And Then I Read: THE DREAMING #14

Image © DC Comics. Written by Simon Spurrier, art & colors by Matías Bergara, letters by Simon Bowland, cover by Yanick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn.

Dora is playing a dangerous game. Actually several. She has summoned a demon and challenged it to a game call The Keening. This is a war game played in Hell with various kinds of demons and demonic creatures on each side, matched against each other in a checkerboard war. It combines elements of chess with hellish dungeons and dragons. To get the demon Flauros to play, Dora offers the soul of her companion Balam the Rhymer, a demoted demon of another sort. How the game is played, and how Dora plays it is a story worth reading, as is what Dora learns next. I don’t think I’ve seen the art of Matías Bergara before, but I like it quite a lot. The writing by Spurrier continues to be clever and interesting, and even moving at times, though this issue is plot-driven.

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