Comic Review: The Dreaming #18 (DC Comics)

DC’s The Dreaming has awakened me to its potential, or perhaps to my own. It’s issue 18 already, and it’s alarmingly complex. Wake me up before I go-go! As mystical […]

DC’s The Dreaming has awakened me to its potential, or perhaps to my own. It’s issue 18 already, and it’s alarmingly complex. Wake me up before I go-go!

As mystical and mesmerizing as ever, this DC title has always eluded me. Deluded me perhaps. What IS this comic?
Well, Wikipedia tells us that The Dreaming is basically a dream world. Full of symbols and potential. Sounds good!

Marguerite Sauvage (Bombshells, Archie, Spiderman, Faith, etc) on interior art in this issue? Oh, I wanna see that!
It’s the visual buffet of your dreams, literally, as Sauvage draws and colours saints, sinners, losers, and winners. Oh hell, just for an issue here and there, but it’s heavenly.

Simon Spurrier’s Blake-like scenes of brimstone and solace resound throughout this issue. Death is near. But so is Redemption! The nearly here and the nearly not all there. As the issue’s description informs us: “Rose Walker was a vortex, once. And as a vortex, she draws dreams to herself…and she is drawn to them. And it’s a good thing, too, because Dora, Matthew, and Abel are in well over their heads in the waking world.”

Rose is on a bus trip in California. But not just your average bus trip. She thinks something has switched off her soul.

Once more with feeling! Check out this series, it’s mystifying for certain. The intrigue continues, and I plan to get to know The Dreaming!

DC, Black Label imprint The Dreaming #18, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Rated 17+

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!