The Dreaming #4

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Bilquis Evely Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: December 5, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 2
8.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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As its rightful steward, Lucien, wrestles with the slow decay of his mind, the realm of wonders slips into totalitarianism beneath the thunderous gavel of Judge Ezekiel Gallows.
But as the gates are fortified and the citizens terrorized by a foul new form of execution, something far greater and more terrifying slouches toward the Dreaming to be born.
With nowhere else to turn, it's time to seek the counsel of the Endless...

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Dec 5, 2018

    Four issues in, The Dreaming is a worthy successor to The Sandman, and an engrossing fantasy in its own right. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Indiana “Indy” Marlow Dec 5, 2018

    This is a story which is very, very aware of the universe in which its set, but at the same time isnt afraid to try something extremely new and risky. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 5, 2018

    It's definitely more straightforward than Sandman ever was, but its use of the concepts in Gaiman's masterpiece is fascinating. It feels like we're just slowly peeling away pieces of the puzzle, and I cannot wait to see where they go next. This is easily the class of the Sandman Universe line so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 5, 2018

    Evely's art is stunning in this issue. There are so many glorious and interesting panels with dynamic visuals in both the characters and the backgrounds. A consistently beautiful looking book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Dec 5, 2018

    While the first half of the issue kind felt a little encumbered, the second half continues to upheave all expectations and continues to dramatically increase the intrigue already heavily steeped into the series. If you're a fan of the original Sandman, you owe it to yourself to see the current iteration in all of its magnificence. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 11, 2018

    While some of what Spurrier is doing with the Judge and the Blanks is just too blunt it's also something that does fit within this dream-like nature of how the place works and views things. It's distilled down to its base elements and worked from there instead of the complex ways of reality. I really liked seeing Mervyn question things and then watching as Matthew does his best to get Nora to act, which in turn leads to Lucien's ambitious plan – especially for someone like him. It moves well throughout with a lot of areas covered and put together with some really beautiful pages that Evely and Lopes provide together. It's a great looking book that has me more and more eager to read arcs in full to see how they come together. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 7, 2018

    The story is great. It's vibrant and it's made it's mark on me. Kudos to Spurrier on this. And kudos to Evely on art. She's doing a top notch job. This is getting good. Let's see where it goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 5, 2018

    The Dreaming is a fascinating and enjoyable follow-up to Gaiman's Sandman and the original run of this title. I look forward to learning more Secrets and Mysteries about Dream's realm in upcoming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Dec 5, 2018

    The Judge is in! Let the fun begin! And by "fun," I mean soul-crushing fascism and xenophobia. Lucien takes a big risk in the face of losing the Dreaming, and Cain goes through some growing pains of his own. A nice job in bringing everything to a simmer. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    YourGreenMuse Dec 6, 2018

    The stuff with Judge Gallows and Cain was genuinely interesting. I could not give a shit less about Dora. She's completely unlikable as a character and no tragic backstory will change my mind. She's easily the worst thing in this comic each month. I'd like for her to go away. Otherwise, the issue was pretty good. Last issue was kind of a fluke. I guess we can't just have Judge Gallows, featuring the Dreaming. Even though that'd be way more interesting.

  • 9.0
    Br'er Lapin Dec 11, 2018

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