Dream Thief #1

Dream Thief #1

Writer: Jai Nitz Artist: Greg Smallwood Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 15, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 2
8.1Critic Rating
10User Rating

After stealing an Aboriginal mask from a museum, John Lincoln realizes that the spirits of the vengeful dead are possessing his body and mind while he sleeps! His old problems have been replaced by bloody hands and the disposal of bodies-and now remembering where he spent last night has never been more important!

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski May 16, 2013

    So don't spoil the story for yourself. “Dream Thief” is one of those rare stories that is so much better than the gimmick of the concept that it's being sold on. The tagline about waking up and not knowing where you are or how you got there is a good one, but it doesn't begin to describe the densely packed comic book that you get here. Nitz and Smallwood have a robust story on their hands and passionately deliver it in a way that only a comic book can. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Zac Boone May 15, 2013

    Nitz and Smallwood have crafted a great debut for this series. The plotprogressesnicely, though there are still plenty of questions, and the understated reveal at the end should ensure you'll want to check out the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 15, 2013

    "Dream Thief" #1 was a pleasant surprise with which to kick off the week. In a recent interview Nitz explains that he and Smallwood have been working on this mini-series for quite a while, and that it was only once they'd completed the first issue and shopped it around that they found a publisher. Once you read "Dream Thief" #1, you'll see why Dark Horse couldn't stand to pass it by either. "Dream Thief" #1 is an extremely strong debut to this mini-series, and you definitely should pick up a copy. This is a winner. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - IHAVEYOURSHIT May 15, 2013

    Nitz and Smallwood do a good job of making you interested in this mystery. The right pieces are moved along the board. By the last page they have you asking the questions that will lead you into coming back for more and I kind of admire that. You should have no problems liking this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 18, 2013

    Greg Smallwood marks his first major break with Dream Thief, but that belies a talent that comes to the page fully formed, complimenting Nitz with an almost noirish crime style that isn't a million miles away from the stuff Sean Phillips is putting out in Fatale or Criminal. His art is clean and bright, using shadow and minimalist colour for maximum effect. TheAboriginalmask that gives Lincoln his Sandman-like abilities is part Australian indigenous and part wrestling mask, and instantly iconic. Indeed, there isn't much here visually that Smallwood hasn't touched, with his fingerprints to be found right down to the lettering. It's a wonderful fusion of art and clever storytelling, and we can't wait to see how the rest of the five-issue series pans out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser May 19, 2013

    An amazing blend of word and image, Dream Thief is the next big book to pick up. The artwork alone will sell the book, regardless of what word balloons lay within. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 15, 2013

    The panels make up a question mark, but they also show a neat cutaway to the bones within. Each frame is interesting to look at, but all three together build the tension as our hero sees what he did the following night. This guy is going to be someone to watch out for in the future that is for sure. He has a style all his own, but it reminds me of Sean Phillips with a little more creativity when it comes to page composition. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Elkin May 21, 2013

    Dark Horse has got a hit on their hands. I just hope enough comic buyers realize this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady May 16, 2013

    Our hero wakes up in mysterious places and use skills he never had before. John also awakens both times wearing a stolen mask from the museum. Its a nice premise combined with the cryptic narration for this miniseries. Combine all that with the seemingly random places Dream Thief finds himself and I have no idea where he will show up next. I would like to see more and I look forward to next months installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Ryan Rodriguez May 7, 2013

    distantly continues to narrate the story in an almost "Saga" like fashion.Assuming the series continues as a story not governed by an ancient artifact, I can see "Dream Thief" becoming a comic that will lead to multiple prints and variant covers soon. And hopefully, more of which will feature added artwork from Alex Ross. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 17, 2013

    To say anything about Dream Thief besides "It's quite good!" would rob you of the experience of being surprised by what you find. If the rest of the run lives up to this first issue, then we're in for a treat, but for now it's well worth getting in on the ground floor on something that has a great deal of potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams May 20, 2013

    Its different, it has an interesting story, and it has fantastic art. If you were looking for a new series to read, you cannot do much better than Dream Thief as far as first issues go. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 15, 2013

    The Dream Thief concept is introduced with little explanation, but it is enough to get you interested. Although, from what this issue reveals, it seems like John is stealing memories, not dreams. But it's too soon to tell what Nitz has up his sleeve. The book gets into a nice flow and then a few elements throw it off -- the thought balloons, the awkward use of the Facebook "Like" icon, the rushed ending -- but its engaging writing carries it on regardless. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz May 14, 2013

    The art is right on board with the script, all about fleshing out the characters. There's a lot of detail in body language and facial expression here that tells a lot of the story and helps the entire words sink in. While doing all of that, Greg Smallwood uses some interesting techniques to accomplish an overall great look. The inking is very thick and looks more like it was brushed than drawn. The colours vary from scene to scene which helps set different moods for each scene. It's obvious that Smallwood knows how to tell a great visual story in every aspect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 15, 2013

    While the first issue might not be the most ironclad opener on the stands, there's plenty of potential for Dream Thief " with a protagonist who charms us despite (or perhaps because) of his many, many flaws, with a premise that will leave readers questioning, and with an artist that truly makes this story punch above its weight class, you wouldn't lose any sleep spending your hard-earned dollars on this book. With the central premise laid out and with a bunch of bodies on the floor, if this book can continue escalating both its plot and its main character, this is really Nitz and Smallwood's book to lose. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair May 15, 2013

    Part vigilante and part Sandman, The Dream Thief is a curious first issue for a potentially intriguing mini series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin May 19, 2013

    There's a lot to like in this book. Although there's a few eccentricities that distract from the overall reading experience, on the whole Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood have done themselves proud, putting together one bang up opener that keeps the reader wanting more. It's always nice to see new stories, and this one looks to be going places. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Benjamin Stormbringer Oct 13, 2013

    I didn't hear about Dream Thief until after its completion, and man was I missing out! If you haven't read this series do yourself a favor and ebay that sum'bitch. I think the entire mini-series is going for $15 (including shipping) which is a steal in my opinion. Do NOT miss out on what will surely become one of next year's hottest comics!

  • 10
    Nerey Jun 2, 2013

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