Ever wake up in a strange place? Your memories of the night before…a little hazy? How about waking up with a stolen mask on and some dead bodies? Don’t answer that last one. Instead, you should just read Dream Thief #1 and see what craziness a mask can bring into a person’s life.
WRITTEN BY: Jai Nitz
ART BY: Greg Smallwood
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: May 15th, 2013
John is a slacker / pothead/ deadbeat boyfriend who has many undesirable character flaws. Those flaws make for good storytelling but not a very likable guy. He cheats on his traumatized girlfriend, smokes pot on the reg, and generally wastes away his days. It’s fun in the way Californication is amusing to watch: how is this guy going to screw up his life even more. So John and co. might as well light one in a museum and see where the night takes you.
The art by Greg Smallwood feels like this artist grew up admiring Richard Corben’s work. There’s texture and depth and excellent use of black to the work and that is a good thing. While much of this first issue takes place in ‘real world’ environments, it all looks great. The shifts in time and locations are really smooth and refreshing.
Our ‘hero’ wakes up in mysterious places and use skills he never had before. John also awakens both times wearing a stolen mask from the museum. It’s a nice premise combined with the cryptic narration for this miniseries. Combine all that with the seemingly random places “Dream Thief” finds himself and I have no idea where he will show up next. I would like to see more and I look forward to next month’s installment.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady