The Dreaming #2
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Bilquis Evely
Colors by Mat Lopes
Letters by Simon Bowland
Mervyn takes over the story in this new issue as the issue affecting the Dreaming continue to increase and new incursions happen almost daily. The caretaker and his team find themselves trying to distract a dreamer as Mervyn seeks answers. After finding Dora stealing, Mervyn attempts to stop her and she does not respond kindly to it.
He seeks out Lucien, who is doing his best to hold things together and maintain order. When he is dismissed by the narrator, Mervyn goes to others looking for answers on how to find Dream and get him back home. Through constant disappointments, Mervyn finally decides to follow Dora and he stumbles upon the truth about Dream’s disappearance. In a desperate attempt to bring order back to the world, Mervyn decides to enlist someone that might be more dangerous than all of the threats to the land of Dreaming combined.
I like how Spurrier is expanding the world in this issue and there are some great character moments with Lucien and Mervyn. Unfortunately, I found this issue a little tedious. It didn’t really pick up until close to the end. Everything before that was a little boring and self-involved. Mervyn’s story just wasn’t compelling enough to sustain an entire issue and his decisions were questionable. He seemed to meander through the story too much and even his final act wasn’t really built up the way it should have been.
Evely’s art is great and there are some visually amazing moments in this issue. Unfortunately, the focus on this character this soon took some of the wind out of the sails of this series.