The Dreaming #5
DC Comics/ Vertigo Comics
Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Bilquis Evely and Abigail Larson
Colors by Mat Lopes and Quinton Winter
Letters by Simon Bowland
The revolution against the reign of Judge Gallows will reveal a desperate plan to maintain order.
While Lucien and Dora navigate their way through the Destruction, Eve and the rest of the Major Arcana are storming the Library hunting for the Judge. Unfortunately for them and the Dreaming itself, he’s ready for them.
Lucien is starting to feel some ill effects. Ones that signal that his time is running out. Effects that also allow him to hear the narration running through the issue. Dora does her best to discover a way to beat the judge, but her picking up an object connected to the realm floods her with her greatest fear and a memory of herself and Morpheus that could lead her to finally getting the answers she’s been seeking.
As the others learn the extent of Judge Gallows plans, Dora prepares to make a stand. At the same time, Lucien comes to the end of his journey and a familiar face appears to say his goodbyes.
Things are definitely getting more serious in this issue. Spurrier has taken the Dreaming to a truly dark place with Gallows doing something truly sinister that none of them might be able to stop. Lucien’s journey is interesting in this issue as well. His loyalty to Dream has always been the motivation that drives him and it will be interesting to see what the ramifications of the end of the issue are for Lucien going forward. I also really want to see Dora’s journey evolve and Spurrier planted the seeds to that reveal deftly in this issue.
The art continues to complement the tone and grandeur of the story perfectly and there is a beautiful balance to both the beauty and horror of the visuals.