Title: The Dreaming (2018-) #1
Script: Simon Spurrier
Pencils: Bilquis Evely
Inks: Bilquis Evely
Colors: Mat Lopes
Publication Date: September 5, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: From the upheaval of THE SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 rises THE DREAMING—a kingdom in chaos. There is a place where stories are born. Today its walls lie slashed and bleeding. Dream has abandoned his realm, and until he is found, its residents must protect its broken borders alone. But the most senior storysmiths are tormented by invasive secrets, the warden Lucien is doubting his own mind—and beyond the gates something horrific waits with tooth and talon. Only Dora, the monstress, finds opportunity in madness, stealing dreams for the highest bidder. But she has no idea how deep the danger lies. Meanwhile, in Dream’s gallery, something new is growing…
With its master missing, the Dreaming has descended into chaos; the realm is cracking, and from the cracks emerge a group of faceless, speechless, and seemingly, mindless beings. Worse yet, the barriers that once protected the realm have broken and the realm is now open to attack.
The Dreaming (2018-) #1 is a direct continuation of The Sandman Universe #1, and thus does require some previous reading or, at least, prior knowledge, of the reader. And while the situation at hand is thoroughly explained by Lucien, The Dreaming (2018-) #1 won’t captivate new readers in the same way that it does long-time readers. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t something here for readers new to the Sandman Universe.
Accessibility aside, The Dreaming (2018-) #1 is an impressive work and a successful first chapter (I’m considering The Sandman Universe #1 as a sort of prologue here) in the new Sandman Universe series of books. Simon Spurrier, with an intelligent, well-written script, perfectly captures the wonder and the more enigmatic qualities that Gaiman’s Sandman is known for, and in doing so, creates a lasting first impression that is sure to leave readers wanting more of this exciting new series.
Packed tight with vivid, highly-detailed illustrations, The Dreaming (2018-) #1 is visually captivating. Artist Bilquis Evely’s illustrations, teamed with Mat Lopes’ color work, immerse readers in a strange and beautiful world that is filled with danger and wonders that extend far beyond the limits of reality.
The Bottom Line:
Despite not being entirely accessible for those new to the Sandman Universe, The Dreaming (2018-) #1 is a captivating first chapter in a tale that promises to entertain and excite for issues to come.