Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Dreaming #14 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: To learn the truth about who she really is, and settle a debt most infernal, Dora must play a game with herself, and triumph in a contest of strategy against the demon Flauros, Hell’s wiliest mind. Oh, and did we mention that demons always cheat? Featuring stunning guest art by Eisner Award nominee Matías Bergara (Coda).

Since the beginning of Simon Spurrier's The Dreaming, there has been a mystery surrounding Dora, about what exactly she is, and why she can't remember. Well, Spurrier decided to address that mystery (sort of) in issue #14, and while all wasn't revealed, I liked how he went about it.

Dora has finally decided to face the question of what she is, and she has chosen to summon a demon to answer her question. However, she has to win a boon from the creature in order to get her answer. What follows is an interesting game, with wheels-within-wheels turning as Dora looks to find out what she now desperately wants to know. When she finally asks her question, however, it was not at all what I expected, but definitely in keeping with the deeper and emotionally relevant nature of Gaiman's classic Sandman stories. I now can't wait to see what happens next, but unfortunately, it looks like Spurrier is going to step aside from Dora for a moment in the next couple of issues.

On the subject of Dora, I have to say that initially, I was growing tired of her. She seemed to be very one-dimensional: angry, with no idea about her past. However, as The Dreaming has gone along, Spurrier has begun to add layers, or maybe he's just revealing them. Her search for Dream added some depth, as she and Matthew the Raven went on their journey, and now this search for her past, with it's unexpected turn, has really made her seem more three-dimensional. She's more interesting to me as a character, and more empathetic as well. This is a great job of writing by Simon Spurrier.

I highly recommend The Dreaming #14 by Simon Spurrier. It's a stand-alone issue, so anyone can read and enjoy it, but to loyal readers, there is added meaning. I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

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

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