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‘The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1’ (review)

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Nick Robles
Published by DC Comics


I know seeing Sandman on a cover can feel intimidating if you have not followed Gaiman’s Sandman or any of the other books that have been released in recent years.

I have read some of Gaiman’s Sandman work, but I can’t consider myself an expert. What I have read I have enjoyed. Sandman #50, set in Baghdad, was particularly moving at the time.

Ever have a dream that you felt was meaningful?

In those first waking moments you try to remember as much detail as you can. By the time you’ve brushed your teeth and had your coffee, the details are long gone. This chapter of The Dreaming: Waking Hours feels like that same journey in reverse.

Lindy is a new mother and also a Shakespearean scholar.

She is having a difficult time juggling motherhood and writing a thesis. While sleeping, she catches up to Ruin, one of Dream’s creations, Ruin. In the anxious moments, they are flipped. Lindy is now trapped visiting Shakespeare in the Dreaming.

Ruin is trapped in the real world, with Lindy’s baby.

Credit to G. Willow Wilson for writing a story that feels welcoming to new readers while not alienating older fans.

Wilson has a talent for writing fully human characters. With this tale, she brings us a character battling to achieve her goals while carrying the anxiety of recent parenthood.

Nic Robles talent comes through whether it’s creating dreamscapes or capturing quiet moments between mother and newborn child. Even the coloring stands out, with the golden haze of Shakespeare’s home or a gray rainy New Jersey day displayed by Mat Lopes’ work.

All told, this is a great read. Welcoming to both new readers and old fans.



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