So Tim Hunter is back from the Dreaming, but by the end of this issue, he is heading out again. Most of the story is a set up for this next venture, thanks to Rose Psychic’s help and advice.
The only qualm I have about this issue, and it’s a really small one, is that it rushes by a bit too fast. Tim has barely had time to process his meeting with Dream, and learns about his friend Ellie going missing, stops in to talk with Mad Hettie, learns about what happened to the librarian, finds out information about his missing mother, and prepares and heads off on his next outing. Whew!
True, this all keeps the story moving, and it’s not like anything feels left out, but I wouldn’t have minded a little more opportunity for Tim, and the other characters, to react to and process things before moving forward.
To give a single example, Tim finds out that Rose has murdered the librarian. Yes, she had every good reason to do so, but Rose explains the situation immediately after Tim learns about it, and within two pages they are on the same side and ready to head out on a different quest. Emotionally, I would have expected Tim, or anyone, to have needed a bit of a breather, a time in which they debated whether to keep trusting Rose. The plot just seems to override such concerns.
But that’s it. I have spent a lot of time complaining about one element of the story, and it’s not that big a deal, really. This is still a good read, better than you might be thinking from the disproportionate amount of time I spent on the one flaw I found.