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Dream Thief has been one of those titles that’s incredibly written, features great art and has an interesting an original idea powering it on all at once. Call me crazy, but comics like this don’t come around all the time, so when this second arc came out and didn’t met the original run’s expectations, I was sad as a field of dead flowers…but today is a new day. Is it good?

Dream Thief: Escape #3 (Dark Horse Comics)

This new arc is more about the protagonist than anything else. It turns out his father, the previous Dream Thief, is trapped inside a black man’s body due to some power switching issues. He’s helping him get out of prison while at the same time trying to keep his own life together. It’s hard when spirits are taking over your body to enact their vengeance. Luckily his friend is there to back him up.

Aww isnt’ that cuteOMG he’s crazy!

This issue isn’t necessarily a jumping on point, but it’s framed in a way that anyone could pick it up and enjoy it. It opens with a flashback to the protagonist as a child, cuts to a spirit taking over his body and being drawn into the main plot because breaking out his father can’t wait. Writer Jai Nitz ties these two elements together very nicely, cutting back and forth between these stories effectively which helps keep your interest. The main issue I had with previous issues was the heavy handedness of the crimes committed and the Dream Thief having to enact justice. Essentially the main plot of this story would be put on hold to serve the premise of the book, but here the balance is good.

Artist Greg SmallwoodTadd Galusha (Ed. note: Dark Horse’s site erroneously listed Greg Smallwood as the artist. We apologize for the error) does great things with layout, this time having a sketchy black and white flashback to the spirit’s murder. The charoil work is nice and it helps separate it from the current timeline. The opening flashback is also exceptional, with very strong facial expressions on the characters and the likeness he’s given to the young version of the protagonist is uncanny. It really does look like the kid version of him.

Things get a little funky in the last four pages though. The panels and rendering scream rushed to me. The stereotypical realistic and gritty look disappear and things start to look cartoony. This unfortunately kills the weight of the one action sequence in this book.


Is It Good?

This series is starting to turn back around with this very well paced and fun issue. The overall story has always been compelling, but the balance is back and it’s almost as good as the original run.

Is It Good? Dream Thief: Escape #3 Review
Pacing and balance of stories are well doneFlashbacks are strongArt is good...
Until those last four pages!
8.5Overall Score
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  • Doctor Rock

    You’re a fucking idiot. This isn’t Greg Smallwood art, you fucking tool. Use your fucking eyeballs and note who the actual artist is. God forbid your shitty little online review on a site no one would normally venture on to be proofread or, I don’t know, slightly checked for correctness? Even slightly? Okay. Go back to work and learn how to write and how to fact-check before you fart something like this out into the ether, you complete and utter fuckbag.

    Greg Smallwood art is pretty fucking tight and this guy’s is anything but. It’s not a good jumping on point, but a great jumping off point. Dream Thief’s writing is marginal at best and offensive at worst…most of the time. It’s only buoyed by the dynamic layouts and rock-solid art of Greg Smallwood…until we hit this issue, because he’s not fucking drawing it, dickweed!

    Why? Because he’s drawing Moon Knight for Marvel now. Use your internet. Do some fucking reeeeeesearch, you cocksaddle.

    • David Brooke

      Hi Doctor Rock,

      I did think the art didn’t look like Greg Smallwood but as you can see on the site it is listed as Greg Smallwood:

      I believe if you do some research yourself (and click the link above) and go to the site of the comic’s publisher you will see it is listed as Mr. Smallwood.

      The internet is a fickle place, and unfortunately when I double checked the Dark Horse website, and fact checked, it came up Greg Smallwood. Darn. Where would you suggest a better place to fact check such a fact would be besides the publisher website?

      All that said, I don’t think you’re giving this artist the credit he’s due.

      Thanks for the heads up though!

      • Greg Smallwood

        David, I apologize for the confusing credits. I had to leave the book in a hurry if I was going to meet my Moon Knight deadlines and Tadd came through for us in a pinch. Unfortunately, solicitations had already been sent out so they didn’t reflect the change.

        To be honest, I’m glad you didn’t realize there was an artist change at first. Art changes can really be disruptive if they’re happening in the middle of an arc but it looks like Tadd did a bang-up job making sure the transition was as smooth as possible. I’m really happy to have him on the book. And I’m glad you’re still enjoying Dream Thief!

    • Doctor and/or Roll

      Nice try, Greg Smallwood.

      • Greg Smallwood

        Definitely not me.

    • David Brooke

      Could you explain what a cocksaddle is?

      At first I thought it meant you sit on dicks but if you were a cock saddle,
      wouldn’t you be a tiny saddle on a dick?

    • Ducks

      Ah, Doctor Rock. Such a shame that you feel the need to use expletives and childish references to get your point across. Perhaps if you were less hostile people would take you seriously. Obviously touched a nerve with this one. Bad day? Or did someone have their TV privileges revoked?

  • Nathan Aaron

    So first we’ve got a completely infantile anger rant by Doctor Rock (seriously, man, you need some anger management help. Just because you’re behind a computer screen gives you NO right to talk to people like that. GROW UP.) And THEN, we get some subtle derogatory gay slap by David. Man, classy all the way around here! 😉

    I called this one way back during Marvel’s Moon Knight announcement. People in the forums assured me the artist was probably far enough ahead it wouldn’t ruin this mini, but surprise, I was right. The art MADE this book. If I was the writer I’d actually be angry with Greg Smallwood. He left a four issue mini in the middle, for Marvel. Not only does Marvel love ruining all their runs by inserting a different artist every two or three issues, but now they’re ruining independent books! Ugh. Count this book dropped with this issue. If I’d had the smarts to look through it in the store I would have put this issue down, too. So sad. Marvel could have given Moon Knight a two month break (it is called “Season two”.) But alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

    • David Brooke

      Hi Nathan,

      Can you explain this “subtle derogatory gay slap” because I don’t understand where that’s coming from. If it’s from my cocksaddle comment, that’s just me trying to understand the term Doctor Rock used. I honestly have no idea what he meant by that, nor ever heard the word before.

      I’d really appreciate it as I believe I’ve been as upstanding and classy as possible here. It’s so not nice to be so accusatory!


      • Nathan Aaron

        David, after re-reading your exchange I’m offering my apologies. At first I took “I thought it meant you sit on dicks…” as a bit of a gay slap, but actually now I’m getting that you’re just honestly trying to figure out what he meant by that odd name calling. Perhaps us gay folks are just a bit touchy at times! 😉 My apologies, again! 🙂

        • David Brooke

          Aha, thanks! I appreciate the reply. I was concerned I may have done something to offend by accident and I’m glad it was just a misunderstanding. I only asked to make sure I didn’t misspeak.

          I do agree the art was extremely strong with Smallwood. The layouts were exceptional, inventive and interesting. Looking forward to more from Smallwood wherever he may end up.

          Nothing can kill a story arc like a change of artist.

    • Greg Smallwood

      Hey, Nathan! Trust me when I say that I understand your frustration when it comes to artist changes. I think Tadd (and our colorist, Tamra) did an amazing job making sure the transition was as smooth as possible but it’s still a change and I know those can be a bit jarring. I hope that you stick with the book, though. Jai and I are already planning Volume 3 and I’ll definitely be doing the art for it. We’re nowhere near done with this character and we have a lot of awesome stuff in store for John Lincoln.

      As far as leaving the book, Jai was incredibly supportive and even encouraged me to take the Moon Knight gig. In addition to being a collaborator, Jai is also one of my best friends. As a friend, he knew this was an amazing opportunity for me. But as a collaborator, he also realized that this was an opportunity to raise the profile for Dream Thief. Just as I’m getting my name out there more, Jai is working on doing the same thing. We have a larger story in mind for DT but that won’t be possible if our sales aren’t high enough. Jai and I are hoping that I’ll be able to bring a few new fans back with me when I return to Dream Thief. New fans = more Dream Thief.

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