John Lincoln has done some ridiculously violent things so far in this series. ‘Dream Thief’ #4 takes a different skill set to use than used before. From sleeping with the fishes to becoming a card shark all in one issue. This is a testament to the wild ride readers have been on in this series with more to come.
The series premise is succinctly summarized in the first two sentences of this issue. That is a skill few writers have but Jai Nitz knows when expand and when to contract the verbiage. If I had to compare Dream Thief’s powers, he’s like Animal Man. Instead of animals, he absorbs the skills of dead people. Maybe they could team-up down the road? That would be one humdinger of a cross-over.
Our protagonist helps out a dirty priest this time out by playing poker. Why? John Lincoln has his own code despite what his mystical head piece tells him. But what name does he give our padre? Vernon Wells. Clearly, someone on this is a baseball which is a nice touch. Other nice touches from Greg Smallwood are when John/Vernon fights and the sound effects channel the ghost he’s avenging. That is a great combo of all things comics in one panel. Splendid artwork.
With new comics being optioned for TV and movie deals with just a few issues being released, I would not be surprised if Dream Thief won’t be coming to a screen near you in the future. The pacing and visuals by Nitz and Smallwood have already painted the perfect picture ready for adaptation if they so desire. The pacing of each issue has been singular and yet connects to the previous chapters. The panelling is a breath of unbridled genius. Even the lies told in the story keep the reader captivated. I tend to like miniseries because I know there will be a beginning, middle and end to the story. With that said, I want this story to continue for a long time.
Score: 4/5 Skulls
Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady