Publisher: DC Vertigo
Writers: Simon Spurrier
Artwork: Bilquis Evely
Colours: Mat Lopes
Letters: Simon Bowland
Release Date: 6th February 2019
There are only two certainties in Vertigo’s The Dreaming. The first is that each issue is going to be grotesquely beautiful with each passing page, and the second is that you have no way of predicting what’s going to happen next.
After the highly emotional last issue it was hard to see how things could get any worse here. We waved a tearful goodbye to a beloved character, others were left stranded and broken at the mercy of the seemingly all-powerful judge, and to top it all off the return of the Dream Lord came, albeit with only a few tantalisingly vague facts about what was happening.
Well, it looks like Morpheus knew this day would come and placed Dora on The Dreaming to put an end to it. Or was it to start something new? It’s not even clear to her as she returns in search of her trinkets, hoping to unlock the secrets of who she really is and finally discover her true identity. This is a gripping finale to the last five issues of total bat-shit insanity, and what a way to close this chapter of the story. Spurrier doesn’t just give us a battle royal in the clash between Judge and Dreaming beings, but also writes dialogue and interactions that are life-affirming for both characters and readers alike. It genuinely cheered me up to hear the silly pumpkin-headed Merv tell Dora, “broken ain’t the same as worthless,” a message that permeates to the rest of the cast as they each find their own inner strength to fight against the oppressive Judge.
Bilquis Evely continues to be one of my favourite artists on the scene at the moment, really highlighting the emotional tone of the story while still creating this nightmarish clash of titans with gory demons battling against the backdrop of a polluted dream world. Her style just fits so wonderfully with the writing, this weird mystical macabre with plenty of humorous moments, while always maintaining emotional core throughout.
So now that we’ve reached the end of one tale it’s difficult not to find ourselves wondering how the hell we have ended up with yet another demolition of the dream world? Well, like I said earlier, I have no bloody clue. Another door has been opened, with an infinite number of possibilities coming right along with it. Why did Daniel have to leave? What is this new occurrence going to do to this world? Where the Hell are the rest of the endless? And what on Earth does Dora have to do with it all?
Whatever happens, I’ll be waiting with bated breath for my next sleep and trip to The Dreaming in the next perfect issue.
The writer of this piece was: Indiana “Indy” Marlow
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