And Then I Read: THE DREAMING #17

Image © DC Comics. Written by Simon Spurrier, art by Bilquis Evely, colors by Mat Lopes, letters by Simon Bowland, covers by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn.

Simon Spurrier’s writing on this title in this storyline is dreamlike itself, in that it vacillates between things that seem to make sense and things that don’t, as the dreaming mind struggles to tie together unrelated images and events into a story. There are many parts to it, and those parts are interesting, but I struggle to see the whole picture. Things that happen are gripping at times: the opening scene between Abel and Lucien is one. Others drift by like colored balloons that make little impact on me. The motivations of many events and characters are murky and unclear to me, even as I marvel at the visuals and the display of interesting ideas and clever language. I suppose it’s the perfect representation of a story you might tell yourself in a dream, even if I don’t connect with all of it. Worth the trip, for sure.

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