Wednesday, April 3, 2019

THE DREAMING #8 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: His skin, marked by malignant magics. His spirit, eclipsed. His mind, crushed.

Even the Lord of Dreams is powerless against the storm of lost love. When an Endless heart breaks, the world breaks with it...

The Dreaming #8 by Simon Spurrier is another excellent addition to this series. After a rather slow-ish start (in my opinion), Spurrier has kicked things into high gear with the two most recent issues. The current one is the second chapter in this arc, and picks up right where the last left off.

Rose is still at the hospital, relating her story (and her daughter Ivy's story) to a weird looking man she discovered on the beach and rescued. Rose continues to tell him how Dream/Daniel and Ivy fell in love, and then how the relationship fell apart. Without spoiling anything, I will say that this reminds me a bit of how the last Dream was trapped and held captive for years. Ivy was an unwitting and unknowing pawn in a conspiracy to do something to Daniel, and she was cast aside once her role was finished.

There is a bit of heartbreak mixed in, from many of the characters involved. Additionally, there is now a conspiracy for Rose to try and reveal/defeat and the identity of the mysterious patient to discover (I thought it was Lucian, but now think it might be Matthew or another Raven).

I'm really loving this arc, because Spurrier has seemed to captured what I so enjoyed about the original Sandman series; the depth and emotion, and wheels within wheels of Gaiman's writing. And while I don't want a replay or retelling of Gaiman's stories, I do appreciate Spurrier capturing the feel and adding to the Sandman mythos with a story that feels appropriate and like it belongs. Because, after all, Sandman is a story about stories.

Pick up The Dreaming #8. Simon Spurrier has something wonderful going on with this series, and this issue is a continuation and expansion of the world he is developing. It's worth a read, especially to fans of the original series (both Sandman and The Dreaming). I can't wait to see where this goes.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Vertigo in exchange for an honest review.

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