Title: Faith: Dreamside #4
Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: MJ Kim
Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
Publication Date: January 9, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: A nightmare dressed like a daydream! A young girl’s soul hangs in the balance as Faith Herbert and Doctor Mirage take on the terrifying demon Belu, who seeks to break through the Dreamside barrier into our world! Will Faith find it in herself to reignite her dream of becoming a hero – or will humanity be doomed to sleepless nights forever?
What happens when you’re faced with your worst nightmares? Faith and Doctor Mirage are about to find out. Will they get out of the Dreamside? Or be trapped forever?
Jody Houser has outdone herself once again in Faith: Dreamside #4. While the signs were all there, the conclusion to Faith: Dreamside was still a spectacular surprise. Houser is able to terrify readers in one moment, then excite them in another, moving the action progressively forward. Continuing with Faith’s self-exploration, Houser blends the two conflicts together to create once resolution, and an exceptional ending. From the start, Faith: Dreamside has been a kind of dark, whimsical fantasy, and though the conclusion brings readers out of the Dreamside, Houser finds a way to bring some of that fantasy into the real world.
MJ Kim’s artwork crafts the Dreamside beyond Houser’s words. The panels in this issue range from fierce to terrifying, as each one perfectly capture Houser’s script. Kim literally draws Dreamside Faith and Hwen as nightmarish images. Far beyond the words, Kim’s art crafts the Dreamside in living, and sometimes horrific, images, bringing the whole issue together.
The Bottom Line:
Faith: Dreamside #4 is the kickass conclusion to the whimsical and terrifying journey. Jody Houser’s script and MJ Kim’s art are a perfect pairing.