A vortex saves Matthew, Abel, and Dora. It is magnificent that this issue can be summated in such an absurd singular sentence. The Dreaming has always been this fantastic miasma that enamors you with its emotions over any logic. It’s issues like #18 where I believe in the dreams that may come. Truly, it’s such a blast to see narrative risks occur within continuity and see how stories may take shape from this. Sauvage provides beautiful renditions and panel layouts of Spurrier’s storytelling.
With this being the second to last issue of the series, it managed to give new foundations and layering atop the Dreaming, essentially bringing it to a whole new world. Spurrier performs great surrealistic gymnastics that both capture the horrors of the world and display the necessity of life-based in-dream logic versus the AI system that is making an attempt at taking over it.
It’s fantastic to see this commentary about how the internet and technology have bastardized our actual creativity, but this issue is at its most potent when it allows for something as insane as an actual vortex being the person to save the day. It harkens back to the original inception of comic books, but also the necessity to not take life so seriously. Sauvage’s panel layout has fantastic dynamics within each page. Her colors alone are worth the price of admission — each page feels like a painting a la William Blake.
After reading this issue I felt like I had shared a dream with someone. It’s a fantastic staple for the necessity of art in our subconscious spaces. This is a wonderful love letter to our stories and the influences behind them.
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