The Dreaming #5

Writer: Simon Spurrier Artist: Bilquis Evely Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: January 9, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 12
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

In the garden of Destiny, eyes that do not see run across paper that was never a tree. The oldest of the Endless is reading about a librarian losing his mind. About a monstress losing her soul. About a kingdom losing its king. The Dreaming is bleeding color. The grim judge tightens his grip. And in the realm of Destruction, endings are spun into beginnings...

  • 10 - Jamie Lovett Jan 9, 2019

    The Dreaming continues to enthrall readers with the epic and mysterious tale of realm in flux. Or, as this issue would put it, caught between an ending and a beginning. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jan 9, 2019

    This is a series that requires knowledge of Gaiman's original seminal work, but the reward for following the second departure of Lord of Dreams is more than worth than the investment. It's a dense story, but uncovering its core is so incredibly satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - Christina Hamlet Feb 1, 2019

    The end of this issue signals a resolution on the horizon. The final end of the Dreaming seems unlikely if the book is to continue at all but major changes loom heavy and what will happen next is anyone's guess. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 9, 2019

    I'm not 100% sure if it's a true successor to Sandman, but as a sequel to what Scott Snyder set up in Dark Nights: Metal, this is a great story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 9, 2019

    Spurrier writes an intriguing tale that isn't bogged down by the past and is gets us to a unique place. I'm enjoying that. The art by Bilquis Evely and Abigail Larson is just wonderful. They give this book a look all of it's own. I didn't think I was going to like this as much as I have. I am glad to see that I have been proven wrong. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 10, 2019

    This is a series that is at once deep, moving, and gratifying. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 9, 2019

    The art continues to complement the tone and grandeur of the story perfectly and there is a beautiful balance to both the beauty and horror of the visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 15, 2019

    This installment has its challenges in reading it because of how Lucien and the narration plays out and as much as I love Evely's artwork, it's done very harsh when it focuses on him and Dora as they cope with everything. It's a raw and tense book that just had me on edge once the interactions between character and narrator got underway because it made everything more unstable and uncertain, which is a great/terrible way to feel while reading it. Evely's artwork builds on that feeling very well and the combination of it all has me very hopeful that the next issue gives us some real meat to chew on, a sense of what's to come and our own role as the reader in all of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Frdric Bentley Jan 10, 2019

    Spurrier writes an emotional story supported by exceptional narration. This is aided by exceptional art and colouring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jan 9, 2019

    The story has ramped up to what looks to be a show-down next issue, with Dora finding her True Purpose and Judge Gallows being...well, creepy as usual. Also: we lose a character that is routinely mistaken for a different character. Guess who it is! It's probably the other one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 9, 2019

    It's clear that The Dreaming treats Neil Gaiman's universe with reverence, but it also isn't shying away with from moving the story in a new direction. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing what the Dreaming looks like after the current crisis gets resolved. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Impulse Gamer - Mark McKechnie Jan 9, 2019

    Overall this is a great read. New readers will be a little lost at first. However, with how the issue is paced and how well the art, colour, and lettering all blend together, its very easy to get into. The characters, in particular Dora and Lucien, are engaging and appear to be the heart of the issue. Artistically the book embodies the Dreaming very well, with surreal imagery, and wasted colour due to the declining nature of the world. The Vertigo line from DC does a great job of staying true to the feel of the original series in both look and overall feel. Read Full Review

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