Published by Image, April 2014
Story: J. Michael Straczynski
Art: Sid Kotian
Colors: Bill Farmer
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Covers By: Sid Kotia, Bill Farmer, Renae DeLiz, and Ray Dillon
Synopsis: Dream Police is another newly published series by the imprint Joe’s Comics. I have high hopes for this series written by J. Michael Straczynski as I’m already a fan of another of his series Ten Grand. As a side note, if you aren’t reading Ten Grand then I highly recommend you doing so immediately. This series explores the underbelly of what dreams are made of and and the people that inhabit them. Haven’t you ever wondered who all those unknown faces were, where those buildings or tangible things came from that reside in your dreams?
Dream Police takes that fun Dragnet style approach in hopes to answer these types of questions and have a little fun in the process. Our main characters are Joe Thursday (you remember Joe Friday from Dragnet right?) and Frank Stafford. They police the dreamscape and keep all the shifters in check along with keeping abnormalities and small problems becoming major issues. Apparently when things go south nightmares appear and no one wants a nightmare. Another faction we get a hint about are the architects and apparently they seem to run the show. Any ways, we get ourselves a ride-along and see Joe and Frank deal with various situations until they meet a lucid dreamer. Things go to hell, nightmares appear, and well, you’ll need to just pick up the book to find out what happens next.
Panel/Layout: The book has an easy-to-follow standard layout when it comes to books published by Image. However, the artwork was just okay but that isn’t a problem because I’m excited for the potential this series has. The dreamscape will provide limitless potential for our artists imagination and help fine tune and grow with the story because after all anything is possible in your dreams, right?
Verdict: I recommend picking up this series even though I was a bit lost in this opening issue. As I’ve learned from a few other series Joe’s Comics definitely knows how to write books. So I’m not gonna lose sleep over it and neither should you.