The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

Writer: G. Willow Wilson Artist: Nick Robles Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: August 5, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 16
8.7Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

A new chapter in the Sandman saga begins with an all-new miniseries populated by faces both familiar and new! One of Dream's heaviest responsibilities is the creation of nightmares-the beings that haunt our sleep and turn our thoughts toward darkness. In the form of Ruin, the nightmare of catastrophic failure, Dream was certain he'd built his next masterpiece... but Ruin can't help but live up to his name, sending every situation into a spiral of unexpected consequences. Unfortunately, Shakespearean scholar (and exhausted new mother) Lindy has dreamed of Ruin... and in the process, she's delivered him unto the waking world! The Sandman Univer more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 5, 2020

    The Sandman: Waking Hours #1 serves as a good introduction to G. Willow Wilson's take on Neil Gaiman's classic characters and setting. Based on this first issue, I have little doubt that Wilson will provide us a great story that is a worthy continuation of Gaiman's classic Sandman epic. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Aug 8, 2020

    Overall. A really strong beginning to what will hopefully be a story that improves with every issue. I really enjoyed how Lindy's meeting with Shakespeare was handled, but also enjoyed how Ruin was written. I can't wait for more of this. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 4, 2020

    Nick Robles does an excellent job with the art in this first issue. The characters are detailed and dynamic. The backgrounds are filled with life and energy. This is a great looking issue that draws in the reader and matches the tone of the story perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Aug 12, 2020

    A perfect book for anyone looking for a way to try out this corner of the DC Universe. Come visit the house that Neil built, it's still a great place to visit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Aug 8, 2020

    The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 makes a good first impression by introducing a handful of likeable characters then immediately throwing them into fun situations. What's also nice is that this doesn't feel so tied to the rest of what's been going on with The Sandman Universe that a reader would feel put off or lost in what's going on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 4, 2020

    An elegant mix of sophisticated story building and deeply human visuals, 'Waking Hours' has all the components of classic Sandman storytelling. There is so much here that will entice your imagination and make you ponder where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 4, 2020

    This is only a tease for the twelve-issue story to come, but it does its job"I am instantly hooked by all the new characters here. It lives up to the legacy of Sandman, switching gears at a moment's notice and surprising us every time. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Aug 4, 2020

    A new Sandman chapter that starts with an immensely entertaining bang. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Aug 6, 2020

    The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 (Wilson, Robles, Lopes) takes the baton from Simon Spurrier in a magnificent stride. Wilsons writing feels right at home in The Dreaming and Sandman Universe. A great story with killer art, The Dreaming: Waking Hours should not be missed! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Aug 4, 2020

    When all is said and done The Dreaming Waking Hours #1 is an excellent introduction to a fantasy adventure. It has an instantly relatable main character, as well as just the right amount of magical happenings to get the reader interested, but not overwhelmed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jamie Lovett Aug 5, 2020

    Wilson, Robles, and Lopes offer a fresh start for readers curious about The Sandman or its universe, and the team follows through on that opportunity with a well-crafted introduction broaching questions of identity, attribution, and intersectionality. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jeremy Daw Aug 16, 2020

    A satisfactory but hardly gripping opening. Nick Robles' art is excellent, and Lindy is a pleasant enough protagonist, but the story is slow, a little on the flabby side, and lacking a clear sense of threat. Wilson's a good writer, but is playing it safe here – at times too earnest, at others too respectful. That said, there is promise here. What happens to baby Anne, who released Ruin, what happens to Lindy – all these are intriguing questions that I hope will be answered in an exciting and surprising fashion over the next few issues. We shall, as always, have to see. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Nov 16, 2021

    I absolutely loved issue #1! Fantastic writing and artwork! I can't wait to read issue 2

  • 9.0
    Liem Duong Aug 4, 2020

    FYI, never read the Sandman from the 90s nor any of the Sandman Universe titles, but since I heard those were fire and some of DC's best work, decided to check this out. This is right up Wilson's alley. I never considered her a great superhero writer, and frankly her work reflects that, but sci-fi and fantasy, anything with world-building and a grand scope, this is her meat and potatoes.

    The art overall is great. Some Panels of some Harry-Potter style art with a touch of dreamy-ness to it. But with the main character Lindy, I couldn't tell if she was a woman or a man for a few pages. I also noticed that Robles likes using really opaque shadows quite a bit in this story, just something I haven't seen before. While on that, Lindy more

  • 8.0
    daigorito Aug 24, 2021

    Seein Oneiros once again, makes me more than happy. Nice pace om the story
    Great job on the artwork. All in all a very solid start.

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine Aug 11, 2020

    I actually quite liked reading this. The art was really nice!

  • 7.5
    Psycamorean Aug 5, 2020

    This was pretty good. Definitely better than I expected. I'm not very interested in it yet, but I guess the main character is sorta, kinda relatable. Also, idk, I know a few women in academia and at least one of them doesn't really think academia is harder for women. I don't have much to say about the issue, so I figured I could artificially lengthen it by calling bullshit on a whole 4 panels.

  • 7.0
    Kalaoui Sep 1, 2020

    This was good but I don't see myself coming back. Didn't grip me even though the art by Robles is phenomenal.

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