The Dream Merchant #1

The Dream Merchant #1

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Konstantin Novosadov Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 15, 2013 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 2
7.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

"PART ONE." A double-size issue to kick off a new sci-fi series from Nathan Edmondson and newcomer Konstantin Novosadov. Haunted by recurring dreams, a boy named Winslow is hunted by mysterious beings and protected by an old traveler. Soon Winslow will realize that what is in his dreams is what the rest of the world has been made to forget--and what strange entities will stop at nothing to erase from his mind.

  • 10
    Geekality - Dave Christian May 16, 2013

    Image has itself another hit in Dream Merchant. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson May 16, 2013

    Honestly, this might be the next big thing from Image. It's well written, beautifully drawn, and has a story that's all its own. Edmondson has already created some pretty successful comics with Image, and I believe this one will follow right along with the rest. New readers should definitely get into this as it's a completely new series and is also a fantastic value, as the issue is gigantic. It's just a great overall comic, content and costwise. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 20, 2013

    In all honesty I wasnt sure if I was going to like Dream Merchant going in, but it won me over by the end. Im sold on the second issue, this is a good concept that I can easily see going places. Novosadov was a new name to me but that work was so strong, from colors to the diversity in styles, that Dream Merchant truly came to life. Nathan Edmondson has a remarkable comic here, I encourage you to take a journey with Dream Merchant. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jeff Marsick May 16, 2013

    With a mounting body count and no memory of what he's done, writer Jai Nitz throws his lead character off the deep end, delivering a terrific and suspenseful noir. Even better is the artwork by Greg Smallwood that is something of a Sean Murphy/David Aja hybrid. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Hansel Moreno May 14, 2013

    As a first issue this comic sets up the series nicely. We have our reluctant protagonist (hero? too soon to tell), we see his adversaries/pursuers and the issue DOES NOT end in a cliffhanger. Instead it leaves off with a set up into the next steps of Winslow's journey. Nathan and Konstantin both do a swell job in this issue but I can't get over the art. Lovely and haunting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli May 15, 2013

    Thanks to great characters, an even better premise and expertly crafted art, The Dream Merchant is well on its way to becoming another in Image’s long line of hits. This special double, debut issue is packed with 52 pages of dream hopping excitement and a must have for sci-fi fans. This is one time where the reader definitely has to go deeper. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Ket's Comics - Michael Bowie May 23, 2013

    I don't usually set out in these reviews to convince anyone who reads them to pick up whatever book. Happen to be talking about, but in this case I honestly hope that I did a good job in getting you to at least consider checking out The Dream Merchant. If you have any interest in fantastical stories in more or less contemporary settings, I truly believe you'll be happy if you give this one a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Mike Miersen May 16, 2013

    Go read The Dream Merchant. That's the recommend. It's a solid read and a six issue limited run so it's well worth your time. If anything else, read it just for the... hey... hey, are you asleep? Wow that warm milk stuff must really work... are you-- I'm just going to go. Okay... well... goodnight. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar May 21, 2013

    Stuff like this is why said reading list is slowly but surely lowering the Big-2 titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson May 14, 2013

    The Dream Merchant jumps and shifts without being shocking or confusing. It's capable of hooking the casual reader by exploiting the comic medium for maximum story-telling value. There are plenty of books that ask you to think outside the box and this one does too but supplies you with a road map as well. If you like a title asking you to think a little without being talked down to then The Dream Merchant should be in your weekly stack. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long May 15, 2013

    The Dream Merchant #1 is a very interesting and intriguing debut issue that sets up quite a world for the six issue mini-series. Edmondson and Novosadov have great chemistry in this comic which is a worthwhile pickup for anyone who has been keeping tabs on the awesome Image #1s that have been coming from the publisher in the last year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Joey Caswell May 14, 2013

    The Dream Merchant #1 has given this new mini-series an excellent start that is sure to rope in a number of new readers. The potential for heightened character introspection is immense, and I can't wait to see what is happening to Winslow's world! The only concern over stories involving a dream-world is the greater possibility that the writer could resort to a deus ex machina type ending. Let's hope this is avoided and the series remains as interesting as its opening issue was. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 19, 2013

    Image have been knocking out one solid debut after another this year, and while it may be a little too early to call this as the next big hit of the year, it's strength certainly puts it on the right path. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey May 14, 2013

    A greater mystery is hinted at in the final pages that leaves the rest in it's shadow. What does Winslow's dream mean, who are the Regulators, what do they want with Winslow and what does the old man know about these events? Now that these questions have been established, the rest of the Dream Merchant series can potentially continue a more regulated pacing to fit a standard issue length. If it can do this, and most readers make it through the jumbo-sized introduction, there is a dream-world of potential in Dream Merchant. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 15, 2013

    A pleasant addition to Winslow's story is Anne, the girl who works at his mental hospital. The second you start to wonder why she's behaving the way she is, Edmondson craftily reveals that there's more to her than meets the eye. After that scene, I knew I liked this book for sure because the characters were worth getting invested in, even though you'll have to forgive a few instances of forced dialogue from the stranger who joins their party in the latter half of the book. Given that this is a double-sized issue for a bargain $3.50, you'll most definitely want to give it a try. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Sam LeBas May 16, 2013

    A technically impressive, emotional weighty introduction to a world where dreams really do come true. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks May 21, 2013

    The Dream Merchant #1 is a fairly slow start to this series. Edmondson was smart to give readers a double-sized premiere issue so that we readers will have plenty to chew on. But even at twice the standard length, this initial chapter still is quite decompressed. Hopefully events will pick up as this book moves ahead, when we can see if there is a real race to see which is the better dream themed comic. I'm pulling for the Dream Merchant. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - J.C. Macek III May 27, 2013

    The Dream Merchant works as a new and potentially challenging angle on a subject that seemed to have no room for competition. Truly, if Novosadov and Edmondson were aiming at the throne of Sandman, they would fail and fall. But for taking a unique sub-genre and breathing new and different life into it, they deserve at least a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson May 16, 2013

    "The Dream Merchant" #1 is worth a look based on Novosadov's art alone, but there is great potential in Edmondson's story. This first issue was not nearly as successful as I'd hoped, but just based on the suggestions of where it's headed, I'll be buying the second issue as well. If Edmonson can bring the story up to the level of Novosadov's visuals it will be a mini-series worth having. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Culture Mass - Rachel Helie May 15, 2013

    Winslow is a stranger in his world, both as the adopted son of indifferent parents, and as an adult man in a psychiatric hospital. His days bleed into each other and he cannot distinguish between what is real and what is dream until one day the dreams come to him and his destiny comes calling. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comic Book Syndicate - Marc Jun 12, 2013

    This title didnt re-invent the wheel, but with that being said, it is a solid addition to Images roster. The book has concrete storytelling with a good hook, and artwork that fulfills some nostalgia. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bloody Disgusting - ShadowJayd May 16, 2013

    The Dream Merchant #1, though built on a solid foundation, is not executed as well as it should be. There are moments where the dialogue doesnt flow, instances where dream knowledge seems forced, and an unfortunate out-of-place Native American cultural appropriation that the issue could have done without. Besides all that, the series does have potential, so heres hoping for an improved #2. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Tony Calandra May 16, 2013

    So head on out to your local comic book shop for this and other great books that are out this week. Dont know what came out this week? Well we here at Comic Booked have got you covered. Check them all out here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Shane Kildea May 21, 2013

    There's a lot to like about this book and while I had some nit picking I am still intrigued enough by mysteries introduced to read the rest of the mini-series. I hope Edmonson ascends to the level of his artistic collaborator and make this mini one to be talked about for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell May 17, 2013

    I'm not sure if this wasn't a great comic or if it just wasn't for me. To me, it comes off as feigning depth that the story hasn't earned yet, but I've said that about comics before and had hipsters tell me that I was wrong. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 17, 2013

    There are worthwhile things about this comic; I appreciate Novosadov's sketchy, not-quite-indie artwork, which has a Fabio Moon-style energy, and the basic storytelling here is rock solid. It's just employed in the service of a story that gives us little reason to care as of right now. I'm always reluctant to sweepingly condemn a first issue, since so much more of the story remains to unfold, but this comic has 45 pages to make its point, and it's just barely getting started by the end. If a comic's not going to grab you by the throat and make you pay attention right from the beginning"and again, I do appreciate the lack of a hard sell"then it's got to hook you with originality or other unique qualities, and The Dream Merchant doesn't really manage any of that. It tells the story of a man who's so caught up in his own dreams that he can't engage with his life; and it's a story that, itself, is so caught up in itself that it can't engage with its audience. Read Full Review

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