In Review: The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020-) #3

Lindy’s mind is rapidly disintegrating as she reckons with thousands of possibilities for who Shakespeare really was, each one alive and walking around in front of her and if she can’t keep it together, then she’ll be lost forever!
The Dreaming

Synopsis: In the waking world, Ruin and the fallen cherub Jophiel have teamed up with the sorceress Heather After to try to pull Lindy out of the Dreaming, and home to her newborn daughter…but they’d better work fast. Lindy’s mind is rapidly disintegrating as she reckons with thousands of possibilities for who Shakespeare really was, each one alive and walking around in front of her and if she can’t keep it together, then she’ll be lost forever!

 

The Story

Lindy has come up with a plan to try and escape the Dream that she is trapped in. All she has to do is figure out who the real Shakespeare is. Which is easier said than done given how many options she has.

Meanwhile in the real world. Ruin, Jophiel, and Heather After try to summon a fairy to guide them to the Dreaming. The summoning goes a little wrong when they wind up calling upon Puck who is far more sinister than the mischievous Fairy from ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’. Furthermore, Puck threatens Heather After with terrible revenge as she undoes the summoning.

Elsewhere, Lord Dream is trying to figure out why Ruin would go against his orders and sends agents after him.

 

The Artwork

Nick Robles’s artwork is fantastic throughout this issue. I loved the whole sequence at the start of the book where Lindy is telling us her story. Especially the drawing of Lindy being on a stage while being watched by the various incarnations of Shakespeare.

Added to all of that is a fantastic sequence where Heather After tries to summon a Fairy to guide them through Fairy to Lindy’s dream so they can get her out. The way in which Puck appears is brilliantly drawn and helped along by some great colorwork from Mat Lopes.

 

Overall

This book continues to entertain and makes clever use of Shakespeare characters and plays as touchstones. Additionally, the idea of Lindy’s academic endeavor to figure out who wrote some of the Bards plays is a brilliant concept for her to try and use in order to escape her own dream. Additionally, I also loved the little fairies that are hovering around Lindy and taking her apart piece by piece.

I also love how the artists have created three different styles to represent the three different locations in the story.

You can get your own digital copy of this book and its back issues over at ComiXology.

9.5
The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020-) #3
  • Covers
    9.0
  • Story
    9.5
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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