Tim Hunter ventures into the Dreaming in the latest issue. As one might expect, this leads to a number of guest stars appearing. Though they do not all turn out to be exactly who one expects them to be
The issue is very much a change of pace for the series, taking Tim far from his school and the veneer of normalcy he usually tries to deal with. It doesn’t prove so very different for the boy, who wanders and listens to people, rather than taking much action. I enjoyed the story, yes, but Tim is feeling a bit passive in this one.
Perversely, the best scene, the creepiest and most disturbing one, does not take place in the Dreaming at all. Instead, we get one sequence back at his school library, which winds up taking a very dark turn.
The art is superb, and I particularly like the fact that Eve is shown as a black woman. She’s a fairy tale character, really, and could be any colour under the sun, but if one wants to pretend that she is the first woman in history, then she really sort of has to be black. Oddly, I think this is the very first time I have seen the character drawn that way.
While I wish a bit more had happened during this issue, the blurb for the next one informs us that Tim’s trip to the Dreaming will have consequences. Since more is to come, I will reserve judgement on that.