Dream Police #1

Dream Police #1

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Sid Kotian Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: April 30, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 2
6.9Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Dream Police Detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford have been partners for as long as they can remember, patrolling the alternate universe of dreams, nightmares, and the great void beyond, an alternate but very real dimension of changelings, echoes, wisps, ethers, and nightwalkers, those who died in their sleep and wander the dreamscape forever. They've seen it all. But when Frank steps away and disappears...and the woman who returns says she's Joe's partner, that she's always been Joe's partner...he begins a journey into the unknown that will shake the dreaming down to its very foundations.

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Apr 29, 2014

    Dream Police #1 is an excellent example of how to launch a run — it's story first, and premise second. And I can't wait to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Apr 30, 2014

    It is a good comic indeed. The world is well rendered and the premise is fascinating. The nightmares could get their own book, they're that cool, and dreams have never been so interesting. Do other countries have an equivalent of the American dream? If they don't they might want to pick this book up and jump on this concept make it their own. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain May 5, 2014

    Overall, I'm quite impressed with this one. I wasn't sure what to expect from the title since I didn't really know anything about it before I dived in to this issue, but the experience certainly bears out and I'm looking forward to the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 30, 2014

    In many ways, this is Men in Black or R.I.P.D for the unconscious set, but is written far more in earnest than either of those comedies. Like Ten Grand, Straczynski has taken an existing genre and set it on the path that sets his brain alight. We can only imagine what his dreams look like. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson May 3, 2014

    Dream Police is off to a great start.  This issue lays the ground work for how the Dreamscape works and what kind of things readers can expect.  There's a nice twist at the end that opens things up quite a bit as to what else can happen.  As with any dream, it's a quick change that immediately alters the entire status quo.  I just hope that doesn't mean that Joe will be going to work in his underpants. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Coming Up Comics - David Melton Apr 29, 2014

    This comic is worth following. Where they can go with it is completely open and I for one can't wait to see what they come up with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 30, 2014

    If you've ever been fascinated with dreams or the idea of a dreamscape, this is a series you'll want to check out. We get to see two members of the Dream Police as they go about on patrol. This introduces us to different corners and residents of the dreamscape and Sid Kotian's art fleshes it out nicely. There's an interesting twist to the story but the impact might not be as powerful on those that haven't formed a connection with the characters. This issue just cracks the door open to the huge number of possibilities here. Don't miss out on this. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White May 2, 2014

    Every time Straczynski mashes fantasy and noir together he comes up with something different, and this iteration of the pattern is particularly strong. It doesn't do anything edgy or outstanding, but together with Kotian's moody, versatile art, this is a light and enjoyable read that does what it sets out to do. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    ComicBuzz - ZXRoberts Jul 31, 2014

    Despite being denser in backstory and rules than expected the issue is very well written and drawn. It offers interesting characters, and propels the story in its final few pages with the repetition of the question how long have you and I been partners? first delivered by Frank. An intriguing concept and interesting characters make the book enjoyable and worth reading, although heavy in exposition it is necessarily so. Offering plenty of scope going forward it appears Straczynski has created yet another gem. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Word Of The Nerd - William Mercado May 1, 2014

    Image has been consistent in rolling out top-notch titles in the past few years and in 2014 it does not look like this powerhouse is going to pull the brakes anytime soon. With new upcoming works teased every month, it seems like a comic should miss every once in a while, but Image has got their sh*t together! They take risks and invest in great stories, ideas, and the talent to see them through successfully. Dream Police is one of these said titles and if issue one is any indication of how this comic will proceed, it will hold up well to Image's current and future line-up. So here's to it! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 4, 2014

    There's a lot of creative and original ideas presented here, but at the same time, for a city that's made up solely of dreams you'd almost expect a bit more. While the “Nightmares” in the book are creepy and mysterious, the world as a whole doesn't seem creative enough. Artist Sid Kotian does a great job of telling the story through his panel work and designs, but I wish he'd take it further. The Dreamscape resembles a real city far too often. While there are glimpses of something more surreal and unearthly to the backgrounds, it just doesn't feel as though it's enough. It's only the first issue though and like I said at the beginning, there's a lot of potential for this world. I trust Straczynski has a plan for this series and I'm looking forward to seeing more. And with the last page twist, it seems as though there's a lot more story to tell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Apr 28, 2014

    A series like this feels to me like it'd be more interesting to explore in a case of the week type engine rather than going full conspiracy route, especially strait out of the gates but I guess we'll see where issue 2 leaves us, until then Dream Police receives a tentative recommendation as being good enough for now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Apr 30, 2014

    Dreams and walking conscious through a dreamland are not a new idea. We all would wield a lightsaber in the Matrix, but in Dream Police, we get to keep our pajamas on, and enjoy a story that feels new to us. By the end of the book, a larger conspiracy is building, and the intricate bits of knowledge we were fed will undoubtedly built to a great story arch. For now, Im quite content with enjoying the story Ive been given, and I look forward to seeing what develops next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonnie Nadler May 1, 2014

    “Dream Police” #1 is an interesting introduction to readers and establishes its surreal concept very well. This is a police procedural with a cool twist, but it needs a big bad threat to take it to the top. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Guy Copes III May 6, 2014

    The highlight for me, where words and images really merged to make something special, was the one-on-one with the lead, Joe Thursday, and a talking cat. There were some fun interpretations of various types of dreams throughout this debut. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper May 2, 2014

    If "Dream Police" puts as much imagination into its protagonists as it has into its world, it'll be a winner. For now, though, it's got a few kinks to work out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    IGN - Tres Dean May 1, 2014

    Dream Police makes sense on a basic level, and there's even an interesting story in there. It's just too bad the delivery of that story is hindered by so many pitfalls that it's not something we would recommend. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Apr 30, 2014

    This one is a definite pass. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio May 5, 2014

    This is one of those projects that you can tell the author has thought a lot about. After reading Dream Police #1 I am convinced that Stracynzski has a complete grasp of the world, its inner workings, and the subtleties that make it special and unique. Unfortunately, none of that made it to the page for us. Bogged down by the high, abstract concepts and ideas, the work never attempts to solidify itself nor to ground itself so we can become invested in the story Stracynzski attempts to tell. For anyone who's a die-hard fan of Stracynzski's work, this one may be for you; for everyone else, you might want to pick up something else. Read Full Review

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