Dream Thief: Escape #1
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Dream Thief: Escape #1

Writer: Jai Nitz Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: June 25, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16
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Like his father before him, John Lincoln is a Dream Thief, possessed by vengeful spirits while he sleeps—a deadly instrument of revenge! Now he must defend the felon possessed by his father’s ghost . . . and get revenge against his killer! Continuing the supernatural drama of last summer’s acclaimed miniseries.

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jun 25, 2014

    Dream Thief: Escape picks up where the first Dream Thief series left off. The quality of the art and the writing is superb and manages not only to continue the story, but serve as a jumping-on point for new readers. This is a great story told by two people who understand the medium. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 25, 2014

    This issue proves Dream Thief wasn't a fluke or a one hit wonder, and that Nitz and Smallwood are a team to be reckoned with. Dare I say we're in for another instant classic? Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Harper Jun 27, 2014

    "Dream Thief: Escape" perfectly follows the first mini-series with an exciting and well-crafted opener, and if you enjoyed the first one, you'll like this one even more. Even if you missed the first mini, you'll be able to appreciate this and pick up on what's going on, and even if you don't"well, Greg Smallwood art. I rest my case. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 25, 2014

    "Dream Thief: Escape" #1 is yet another wonderful contribution to the comic book landscape courtesy of Dark Horse Comics. Nitz and Smallwood give the comic a big publisher feel, but Dark Horse keeps "Dream Thief: Escape" #1 bright, shiny and almost elusive. This is one comic book more readers should be picking up regardless of what they have to put down to do so. "Dream Thief: Escape" #1 is a fun, snappy, suspenseful opening chapter. Thankfully for new readers, the creative team makes this comic approachable and memorable, shining as an example for how to successfully present a newer property. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Nevin Jones Jun 26, 2014

    If there was a big problem with the first Dream Thief, it was the fact that it didn't answer much about Lincoln's possession problem. Escape is looking to fix that. While not as heavy on the action and intrigue as the previous series, this issue is starting us off in the right direction with some tiny answers to keep us satisfied. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Jun 27, 2014

    All that and a ghost who needs the Dream Thief to pull off a break-out means this story will continue to surprise me. As supernatural as this series is based in, its the crime and revenge side that I find most compelling. All these ghost pass on their knowledge to the Dream Thief, whether he wants it or not. This setup leaves unlimited possibilities for whats going to happen next. Thats just the kind of story that deserves your attention, readers. Get in on this caper / paranormal series already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Kyle Welch Jun 26, 2014

    Nitz and Smallwood prove to be a great creative team with a series that evokes the look and feel of early Brubaker and Philips. Escape is a wonderful trip back into the world and lore of Dream Thief. Issue one welcomes new readers and pays tribute to returning ones. Escape avoids being Dream Thief.1 and evolves the characters and stories into a true sequel worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Eric Bridges Jun 24, 2014

    Dream Thief: Escape is a good start but is very slow going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jess Camacho Jun 26, 2014

    Time will tell if this will be better than the first mini-series but this is so far going in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 25, 2014

    Dream Thief: Escape delves further into the background of this character that has become an instant favorite.  John Lincoln's story is just getting started and we're learning about his abilities and where they come from just as he is.  This first issue gives a good primer to the story so far, so anyone can jump right in.  (This is not to say that you can skip the first trade paperback.  Go out and read that too because it's an awesome comic.)  Author Jai Nitz drops just enough hints at what is to come to get me hooked right away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh Jun 25, 2014

    Dream Thief: Escape #1 is a bit chatty at times, but it never suffers from being dull or slow. It is a great setup issue for this new run and a breath of fresh air to the franchise. I'm very happy with its first issue and am pumped as hell to follow this series all over again! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Bryan Huth Jun 18, 2014

    After last year's successful run of theDream Thief mini-series writer Jai Nitz and artist Greg Smallwood are back with a whole new story for our hero. Following the events of the first story,Dream Thief: Escapeexplores the relationship with John and his long-lost father, but with an interesting twist that will make this new four issue run certainly one to keep your eye on. Fans of the first series will definitely want to pick this continuation up as it brings even more of the great look and bloody action that made the originalDream Thief great, but what makes this new mini-series even better is that it provides a great jumping on point for newcomers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Capeless Crusader - Lindsey Bass Jun 24, 2014

    Dream Thief is something I recommend often working in a comic book store because they are local. Who doesn't want to see the people they know succeed? I wouldn't recommend this for EVERYONE, simply because it's not exactly kid friendly. However, I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys reading about the anti-heroes. John Lincoln classifies as an anti-hero, doesn't he? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - J. Luis Jun 25, 2014

    Even more interesting is that Lincoln has inherited this ability, as the mask calls only those of a certain bloodline. The story dives even deeper and introduces Lincoln's father into the equation, even though he was brutally murdered. His spirit now inhabits the body of a prisoner locked up for murder, presumably being caught in the act while under possession of a spirit.Couple all this with avillain that understands what is going on and a shocking twist ending, Dream Thief: Escape #1 is one heck of a wild ride that is highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Jun 24, 2014

    Dream Thiefs: Escape #1 is a decent story but wasn't enough to keep me coming back for more. If you are already a fan of this book you will probably be satisfied with what Nitz and Smallwood are creating. However this concept isn't completely groundbreaking and readers might want to read old reprints of The Crow instead. It's not a bad book and it's not a great book " it's a story that might appeal to certain readers and not others. I found myself falling into that latter category who just didn't find the basic premise that original or exciting. Perhaps the biggest issue is that Dream Thief: Escape #1 never really stands out either as a mystery, an action thriller, or as an emotional drama. It's just 'ok' in every category and that isn't enough to keep me coming back in an incredibly crowded market. I can think of several books I'd rather be reading unfortunately and that is enough to make me pass on future issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex Gradet Jun 30, 2014

    Jai Nitz (Blue Beetle) & Greg (Moon Knight) Smallwood's follow-up to their 2013 Dream Thief meets the world with striking cover design, jaunty panel layouts and nicely-detailed art (all Smallwood's doing), but these are quickly toppled by Nitz's convoluted-yet-not-that-eventful story and broad, sub-Tarantino swipes at authenticity that are steeped more in geekdom than grit. Read Full Review

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