And Then I Read: THE DREAMING #4

Image © DC Comics. Written by Simon Spurrier, 
illustrated by Bilquis Evely, colors by Mat Lopes, letters by Simon Bowland, 
cover by Jae Lee and June Chung.

This comic has rapidly become my new favorite, and this issue is full of wonderful things. It begins with a new look at the character Cain, tying him in beautifully to a long historical tradition and raising the resonance and impact of his story. Then we see Abel in a new role as security guard at the gates of horn and ivory, invoking his power to detect and reveal secrets in a completely new way. That could have been an entire issue’s worth of plot, but it’s just the first five pages. The main story centers on the new steward of Dream, Judge Gallows, who is turning the realm into a nightmare of fear and mistrust, death and vengeance. There seems to be no way to stop him…but at last Lucien comes up with a plan. It involves Dream’s siblings.

At first I thought this title was going to tell smaller stories on the edges of things that wouldn’t change the status quo much. I was completely wrong about that. Perhaps it will end up that way, but for now we’re on a hell of a ride!

Highly recommended.

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