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Review: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #3

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #3

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #3 continues to play a fantastic, two world balancing act as single mom/struggling academic Lindy tries to solve the Shakespeare authorship question in the Dreaming surrounded by different versions of the Bard of Avon while Ruin, Jophiel, and the sorceress Heather try to get her out of there. G. Willow Wilson, Nick Robles, and Mat Lopes take what were personally my favorite bits of Sandman (The Shakespeare appearances/historical flashbacks) and put their own compelling spin on it through the addition of their original creations, Lindy and Ruin, who is nightmare that doesn’t want to scare anyone and came to the waking world to be with the man he loves.

Depending on the setting (Shakespeare’s part of The Dreaming, Box of Nightmares, New Jersey), Nick Robles and Mat Lopes switch up their art style and color palette. This makes for engaging reading. These stylistic shifts also mirror plot points and how characters are feeling, especially in the Dreaming which can go from Lindy giving an earnest soliloquy about her decision process into becoming a single mom and struggles into academia to a laid back, double page spread of her enjoying a world that’s just different versions of Shakespeare hanging out, making out, and enjoying life. Lindy’s name drop of Aristophanes’ The Clouds in this scene isn’t just G. Willow Wilson flexing her literary knowledge, but acts as a kind of warning to our protagonist to not get caught up in the theoretical and lose sight of being reunited with her child and, ugh, her thesis in the Waking World.

The art goes from idyllic, even semi-utopian to intense and terrifying when Wilson, Robles, and Lopes check in on The Dreaming: Waking Hours‘ plotlines that don’t involve Lindy and the Shakespeares. Heather has the bright idea of sneaking Jophiel and Ruin through Faerie to get to the Dreaming, but as anyone who has read any classic fairy tales or Vertigo comics, this backfires on them thanks to her ineptitude with magic. (For example, Jophiel was originally summoned because of a spelling error.) In keeping with the Shakespearean theme, Nick Robles does a pure horror take on the mischievous Puck from A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Mat Lopes uses hot greens and blues to show how close they are to losing control over him. Getting back to the Dreaming isn’t so easy, and the method of their return is Wilson and Robles’ current hook for upcoming issues.

This is reinforced by a watercolor interlude set in the Box of Nightmares that connects directly to plot points in Sandman and gives a glimpse into how Daniel, Morpheus’ successor as Dream of the Endless, runs things. This sequence also features some of Nick Robles’ and Mat Lopes’ most gorgeous art that shows the dark and otherworldly nature of this region, and its rigidity compared to the light and airy cartooning in the other parts of the comic. It’s more Dave McKean than Bill Sienkiewicz, for sure, and re-establishes the seriousness of what Lindy, Heather, Jophiel, and Ruin are going up against.

Nick Robles using watercolors versus pen and ink also acts as a kind of visual metaphor for the theme of chaos versus order that undergirds The Dreaming: Waking Hours #3, and by extension, all human life. Most folks can’t plan out their entire lives or adhere rigidly to one role like some of the more compliant nightmares in The Dreaming. They are more like Lindy or Ruin, who have to deal with issues like an unexpected pregnancy, the terrible academic job market, or dealing with a job they don’t fit in at. (Being a nightmare in this case.) Robles’ art style matching the content and themes of The Dreaming: Waking Hours makes it even more compelling and adds depth to the main characters beyond G. Willow Wilson’s excellent, insightful dialogue. (I love her comparison of adjunct/visiting professor work to monastic life.)

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #3 features magic, even more chaos, surprise cameos, and a visually striking look at human problems through angels, anthropomorphic embodiments, witches, fairies, and dead authors. G. Willow Wilson, Nick Robles, and Mat Lopes have crafted both memorable characters and settings, and I care equally as much about Lindy, Ruin, Jophiel, and even Heather as I do about their take on the Shakespeare authorship question and additions to the Sandman mythos.

Story: G. Willow Wilson Art: Nick Robles
Colors: Mat Lopes Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #3

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #3

Written by: G. Willow Wilson
Art by: Nick Robles

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 Dreaming: Waking Hours #3

Preview: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #2

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #2

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Nick Robles (CA) Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

New mother Lindy is trapped in the Dreaming, and the lovestruck nightmare Ruin is loose in the real world. Dream must put this situation right – but to do so, he’ll have to travel into the Black Chest where he keeps his most dangerous nightmares…and pull the answers right from the mouth of the unimaginable Endless Teeth!

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #2

Preview: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

Written by: G. Willow Wilson
Art by: Nick Robles

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 Universe is changing-and Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning writer G. Willow Wilson (Wonder Woman, Ms. Marvel, The Bird King) and breakout artist Nick Robles (Euthanauts) are here to welcome you!

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 Gets a New Variant Cover, 1:25 Incentive

The latest chapter in the Sandman Universe arrives in August with The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1! Writer G. Willow Wilson and artists Nick Robles and Mat Lopes team up for this new series, featuring Dream’s latest creation: Ruin, the nightmare of catastrophic failure—who lives up to his name a little too well.

In advance of the new series, DC presents a new open-to-order variant cover for The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1, by Sandman Universe veterans Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn. This cover replaces the previously solicited The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 variant by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn

Additionally, The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 will arrive with a 1:25 incentive variant cover, featuring Robles’ design work for the series’ breakout new character, Ruin. This cover follows the format of similar 1:25 incentive covers for recent issues of Batman.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 1:25 incentive variant cover

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 Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 hits shelves on August 4.

ComiXology Delivers 6 New Digital Comics for You Today from DC, Magnetic Press, and Yen Press

ComiXology has six new digital comics on their site to purchase now. New comics from DC, Magnetic Press, and Yen Press are all available for you now.

Check out the full list here or the individual issues below.

Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc 2 #2

Written by Natsuki Takaya
Art by Natsuki Takaya
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After fondly reminiscing on their whirlwind of a pilgrimage, the Three Musketeers stop by a familiar soba shop to take a break. But the antics of the wacky trio only escalate when a few of the other members of the zodiac drop in!

Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc 2 #2

Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler – #76

Written by Homura Kawamoto
Art by Toru Naomura
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Terano and Kirari’s old gamble resurfaces in the present…Yumeko is called to join forces with the Totobamis and Kirari has her own, personal challenge to tackle. Read the next chapter of Kakegurui the same day as Japan!

Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler - #76

KLAW Vol. 3 #16: Counterattack

Written by Antoine Ozanam
Art by Joël Jurion
Colored by Yoann Guillé
Cover by Joël Jurion
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Angel hides out in Detroit in search of the imposter masquerading as his alter ego Klaw. Who is this strange copycat? And how did they get his powers?

KLAW Vol. 3 #16: Counterattack

Mister Invincible #2: Local Hero

Written by Pascal Jousselin
Art by Pascal Jousselin
Cover by Pascal Jousselin
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Sure, he helps widows and orphans as any self-respecting hero would, but he also thwarts mad scientists and bad guys with his amazing ability to defy the rules of ‘comic book physics’. He and his companions of similarly powered-heroes are able to do amazing things that are only possible thanks to the magic of comics… This second issue introduces the color-shifting stranger and the return of the Jester!

Mister Invincible #2: Local Hero

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #8

Written by Van Jensen
Pencils Nick Robles, Andie Tong
Inks Nick Robles, Andie Tong
Colored by Wil Quintana, Dave Stewart
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Story 1 – It’s a slow news day, and Clark’s been assigned obituary duty, but how can he write one for Superman?
Story 2 – Clark’s on a tight deadline covering a politician’s election campaign, but can he meet his deadline and expose the truth when he learns the politician is up to nefarious deeds?

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #8

The Case Study of Vanitas #46

Written by Jun Mochizuki
Art by Jun Mochizuki
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Noe receives an alarming letter, while Domi and Vanitas both face ghosts from the past. Read the next chapter of The Case Study of Vanitas at the same time as Japan!

The Case Study of Vanitas #46

Preview: Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #8

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #8

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Obituary” by Van Jensen, Nick Robles, Dave Stewart, and Clayton Cowles

It’s a slow news day, and Clark’s been assigned obituary duty, but how can he write one for Superman?

Deadline” by Van Jensen, Andie Tong, Will Quintana, and Clayton Cowles

Clark’s on a tight deadline covering a politician’s election campaign, but can he meet his deadline and expose the truth when he learns the politician is up to nefarious deeds?

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #8

This Week’s DC Digital Includes Titans, From Beyond the Unknown, Scooby-Doo!, and Ghosts!

DC’s Digitial Firsts continues with the debut of new digital comic series! Beginning Thursday June 25, new series Titans: Titans Together, From Beyond the Unknown, Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. and Ghosts, along with DC’s ongoing daily dose of Super Hero action, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

Monday June 22

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #8

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Obituary” by Van Jensen, Nick Robles, Dave Stewart, and Clayton Cowles

It’s a slow news day, and Clark’s been assigned obituary duty, but how can he write one for Superman?

Deadline” by Van Jensen, Andie Tong, Will Quintana, and Clayton Cowles

Clark’s on a tight deadline covering a politician’s election campaign, but can he meet his deadline and expose the truth when he learns the politician is up to nefarious deeds?

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #8

Tuesday June 23

Batman: Gotham Nights #10

The Scent of Scorn” by John Arcudi, Andy Clarke, Dave Stewart, and Marshall Dillon
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The murder of a Gotham socialite sends Batman on a wild hunt to find the killer, but his most dangerous foes may not be the human ones…

Batman: Gotham Nights #10

Wednesday June 24

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #7

With Friends Like These” by Andrea Shea, Meghan Hetrick, Arif Prianto, and Travis Lanham
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Etta Candy is captured leading a mission for A.R.G.U.S. in Russia! Can Etta sway one of her captors to her side and secure the package or will this be the end of Agent Candy?!

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #7

Thursday June 25

Titans: Titans Together #1

History Lessons” by Phil Hester, Scott Koblish, Tom Grummett, John Kalisz, and Marshall Dillon
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When one of Raven’s college professors goes missing, Nightwing is convinced the Titans should investigate. But the danger they uncover is far greater than one missing person—the fate of humanity is at stake, and only Beast Boy can save the day!

Titans: Titans Together #1

Friday June 26

From Beyond the Unknown #1

In Gloom” by Dave Wielgosz, Kenneth Rocafort, Daniel Brown, and Zakk Samm
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Green Lantern Hal Jordan is responsible for policing all of Space Sector 2814, but more often than not his attention is on his home planet, Earth. When the alien bounty hunter Bolphunga crashes to Earth pursued by a team of murderous vigilantes, Hal learns the truth: these rebels have taken justice into their own hands, and Hal himself has been found guilty!

From Beyond the Unknown #1

Saturday June 27

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #1

Snack Attacked!” by Ivan Cohen, Dario Brizuela, Franco Riesco, and Saida Temofonte
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Scooby and the gang must stop a group of monsters from shutting down the Scooby Snacks factory.

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #1

Sunday June 28

Ghosts #1

Shop of Nightmares” by Dan Jurgens, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham
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Jim Corrigan tackles what appears to be a run-of-the-mill murder investigation, but when he discovers the supernatural is at play, it becomes a job for the Spectre.

Ghosts #1

Get a First Look at The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 by G. Willow Wilson and Nick Robles

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art and cover by Nick Robles
Card stock variant cover by Bill Sienkiewicz
DC BLACK LABEL AGES 17+
On Sale: August 4, 2020
$3.99 | Card Stock Variant Cover: $4.99

A new chapter in the Sandman saga begins with an all-new series 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 Universe is changing—and Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning writer G. Willow Wilson (Wonder WomanMs. MarvelThe Bird King) and breakout artist Nick Robles (Euthanauts) are here to welcome you!

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1, by G. Willow Wilson, Nick Robles and Mat Lopes hits shelves August 4, 2020.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1

The Dreaming: Waking Hours—Who is Ruin?

Who is Ruin? Writer G. Willow Wilson has penned an essay about this new character spinning out of the Sandman Universe.

Legacy series are tricky things. You want to honor the stories that came before, stories in which readers have a huge emotional investment, yet at the same time, you want to say something new. To get there, you have to ask the right questions. Ruin evolved from a question I wrote down as I was plotting out The Dreaming: Waking Hours: who haven’t we heard from yet?

The Dreaming is a vast landscape, and over the years we’ve traveled through it with faeries, angels, demons, muses, myths, sentient environments, personified ideals, and the occasional Shakespearean escapee. It’s hard to do the unexpected in a world built on the unexpected. We needed a walking plot twist.

Around this same time, I was going through one of my occasional bouts of really, really bad insomnia. I’m talking about nights when I’m lucky to get three or four hours of rest. I found myself awake at 3am thinking about how delighted I would be to have a horrific nightmare right about then, because at least it would mean I was asleep.

Then came the epiphany: what if we put a nightmare at the center of the story? What does it mean to have a bad dream as a protagonist? And then Ruin came tumbling out faster than I could write him down. A nightmare who falls in love with the person whose dreams he was sent to haunt. A nightmare who doesn’t want to be a nightmare and tries to change, who aches for a kind of human connection he might never have. It raises tantalizing questions from a storytelling perspective—if you have power that is inherently malevolent, can you simply choose to use it for good? Or is there more work involved? What do you have to sacrifice to become something better?

That was the genesis of our ‘lanky lavender lad,’ as Nick (Robles) put it. He’s very different from the other nightmares we’ve met in the Sandman Universe, all of whom live up to their names—they’re malicious and sadistic. Ruin, on the other hand, isn’t very good at his job. He’s soft, he’s shy, he’s awkward, he’s eager to please. He is as terrified by his own darkness as a dreamer would be. He makes this profound, heartbreaking effort not to frighten anyone. And he sets off on this quest to find the person he fell in love with, against all odds.

The insomnia passed, and I am once again a nightly citizen of the Dreaming. For now. So is Ruin, but while we—with our mounting anxieties and screen time and caffeine and stress—are increasingly desperate to live in his world, he, in his own way, is dreaming of ours.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #1 by G. Willow Wilson and artist Nick Robles hits shelves May 5.

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