Teens with strange powers from around the world suddenly go into a fatal coma all at the exact same time. When they awaken from beyond the veil of dreams they end up caught up in an epic war on another world called, Astral. Surrounded by monstrous beings, they must fight their way toward a mysterious spire that holds all of their answers. Be prepared for an epic series unlike anything you’ll read this year.
As far as teaser intros go – this issue is about as good as it gets.
Author Raphael Moran (Robotika) does a pretty good job of being able to draw the reader into a situation in progress and create an atmosphere where the reader, within a few pages, is emotionally buying into the characters and having a connection. But each connection is just a a taste – the book doesn’t spend more than a couple pages on any one of the main characters at any one time, Moran expertly is able to flip back and forth between story lines just at the right moment that the reader wants more. Dream Reavers #1 very much reminded me of the first episode of Heroes (in case you are wondering, a huge compliment).
While several styles of art are present in the issue (representing different reality landscapes), overall the art team of Marc Borstel (who worked on the beloved genius book “The Misadventures of Clark and Jefferson” which btw would kick Cowboys and Aliens’ @ss) and Atul Bakshi show that they will be able to handle with skill whatever the story throws at them. The visuals were very enjoyable, they ran well with Moran’s plot – this was very solid action / fantasy art that fell much closer to realism than Saturday Morning cartoons.
The Bottom Line – It left me wanting more! Can’t wait for issue #2 and see what happens next.
DCD ORDER NUMBER: JUL110796
Issue grade: A