The Dreaming #3

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Bilquis Evely Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 7, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
8.6Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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As the Dreaming slips deeper into chaos, its frightened denizens yearn for strong leaders to guide them back to greatness. Enter Judge Gallows: nightmare of the major arcana, terror of the old frontier, whose thoughts and actions come knotted in hemp...
Released from Morpheus' black chest after a century in the dark, he may not be merciful-but he's always right.
His first case? Lucien's fitness to lead...

  • 9.7
    Comicsverse - AJ Zender Nov 7, 2018

    THE DREAMING #3 brilliantly portrays the rise of vindictive nightmare Judge Ezekiel Gallows within the Dreaming community. The story is well-paced, intriguing, and perfectly captures the original feelings of Neil Gaiman's world thanks to Simon Spurrier's brilliant writing and Bilquis Evely's beautiful and sometimes creepy art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Mickey Rivera Nov 8, 2018

    Spurrier plays this issue like a harp. Just as you would expect his character to do, Judge Gallows provides the story with a sense of direction and a distinct moral conflict that can be sculpted any which way the writer wants. Perhaps most importantly, this issue grounds the story by summoning the very real skeletons of human history out of their closets. Gallows isn't just a fantasy villain in some distant fantasy land. He's a manifestation of an ugly truth that still plagues human life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 7, 2018

    This is definitely a more conventional, action-packed take on the franchise than Sandman ever was, but it's a fascinating narrative so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Nov 7, 2018

    The Dreaming #3 is a story that fundamentally changes the status quo of the greater universe. It presents an oddly familiar allegory, and proves that Spurrier can capture the sense of epic storytelling, and Evely can manifest truly wondrous things to fill the world. It's a little dense but sets up a brilliant next chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 7, 2018

    Spurrier is creating a new narrative for this world and I want to see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 7, 2018

    This is another strong issue in the DC Vertigo line of Sandman comics due to its ability to tell a complex story in storybook terms. Judge Gallows may be the scariest villain introduced of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 8, 2018

    Spurrier is being smart about the writing. He knows he can never do what Gaiman did so he's setting up own story and running away with it. It's really good. Combine that with the art and we have a very interesting book. It may even make its own mark if the quality keeps up. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 13, 2018

    I continue to enjoy The Dreaming but there's also just that small level of wariness with each issue because of how stacked and verbose they are in telling their tales. That's not a bad thing but it's just part of the slow readjustment I'm going through with almost all of the Sandman Universe books. The addition of Judge Gallows in this one gives Spurrier a new voice to work with that's very intriguing and I love Evely's presentation of him. It's a good issue that puts some real tension into everything with the uncertainty of what's next but also feeling like there is something "next" that's coming. I'm definitely growing more and more interested in this book and this issue really helps to cement that more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Nov 7, 2018

    In any event, The Dreaming is a case study in how to tackle big ideas without alienating readers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 7, 2018

    The Dreaming is one of the better titles of the Sandman Universe books so far. It brings back a number Neil Gaiman's beloved characters and concepts, but it moves the story forward with some new characters and new situations. It feels like a proper continuation of Gaiman's classic story. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 7, 2018

    You'd think a guy named Judge Gallows would be kindly and fair, but it turns out he's got a real penchant for hanging people. Or pseudo-people, in this case. He's been tasked with cleaning up the Dreaming, and it looks like things are gonna get a whole lot messier before that. Read Full Review

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