• Matt Ligeti

QUEEN OF BAD DREAMS, ISSUE #1

Updated: Nov 27, 2019


Writer: Dany Lore Art: Jordi Pérez Publisher: Vault Comics


Queen of Bad Dreams, issue #1, cover, Vault Comics, Lore/Pérez

WHAT IS IT?

A futuristic crime story where dreams can become sentient beings.


Vault's elevator pitch said it'd be like The Sandman" meets Blade Runner, and that's absolutely right on the money.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

(Minor Spoilers)

Daher is an Inspector Judge – a sort of detective whose beat is covering dream entities. She's got a lot of experience and has made quite a name for herself.


Of course, all that success doesn't come without cost. Daher's prioritized her professional life over her personal one, and choices like that have consequences.


But we don't dwell on that. Instead, Daher has a new case: a figment has escaped from the dream of a powerful politician's son, and the investigation has serious implications tied to it. Furthermore, this case may be tied to the event that first spilled dreams into our world.


WHAT WORKS?

  • Not only is the concept new and interesting, but Lore's narrative style, using a character who is once removed from our protagonist to tell the tale in an almost bedtime-story style is thoughtful and fascinating

  • There seems to be a lot of trust and/or teamwork on Queen of Bad Dreams, especially with regard to the art – Pérez and Kelly work very well together with their line art and color

  • It seems like fingerprints might be used as a light radiating effect, which is super cool, visually

  • Pérez seems to think a lot about the panels through the "lens" of a camera's vantage point, often tilting the "camera" up to make the characters or situations seem larger than life, or giving the scene a sort of fish-eye lens effect to make them have a surreal quality

  • The dreams are also conceptually captivating, from a monster Dearbhla Kelly colors with crayon scribbles (my favorite part of this issue!) to human characters, to humanoid anime figments

  • Speaking of Kelly's color, she often seems to use colors opposite from each other on the color wheel, contrasting against each other when laid out on the page to give a sense that elements are at war with each other. Often panels are visually striking because of this.

  • I love that our protagonist is a nuanced woman of color who is also bi or a lesbian, that many of the characters are also minorities, and that the terrible white guy is an entitled jerk. Not only is this often reflective of reality (sadly, for the latter part of the previous sentence), but it gives so much positive and important representation of (and for) audiences who rarely get it.

  • Outside of my one nitpick below, I'm excited to see Kim McLean's lettering. Her choices are good thus far, and I like the simple, elegant tails and balloon effects.

WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

  • Weird nitpick: I don't love the caption boxes anchored to the corner – the look wrong there, somehow, but this very well could just be me


Queen of Bad Dreams, issue #1, Vault Comics, Lore/Pérez

WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

Queen of Bad Dreams is an absolutely captivating crime mystery that bridges the cold, hard reality of cyberpunk science fiction with the messy world of the conceptual.


It folds in complicated interpersonal relationships and sociopolitical commentary for a story that feels at once both novel and grounded in our modern times.


Another A+ Vault title from a remarkably talented team!

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

If you like the writing:

  • We Have To Go Back by Jordan Alsaqa & Sally Cantirino

  • The Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth & Mike Dringenberg

  • Copperhead, Vol. 1 by Jay Faerber, Scott Godlewski and Drew Moss

If you like the art:

  • Xena: Warrior Princess #3 by Vita Ayala & Jordi Pérez

  • Paradiso, Vol. 1 by Ram V & Devmalya Pramanik

  • Conceptual Heist, Vol. 1 by Jay D'Ici & Matt G. Gagnon

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Danny Lore – Writer

  • Danny Lore is a queer editor & writer from Harlem & the Bronx

  • Multitalented: While much of their experience is in editing comics and writing prose, this is the first comic they've written!

Jordi Pérez – Artist

  • Outlander: Hails from Spain

  • Moniker: Also goes by "Jorge Perez"

Dearbhla Kelly – Colorist

  • Multitalented: Also does graphic design, illustration, motion graphics, branding, editorial & commercial work

  • Would love to color a New Mutants comic

Kim McLean – Letterer

  • Multitalented: Is also Vault Comics's VP of Marketing/Sales, created cover art for the comic, Friendo, and is a UX strategist

  • Enjoys home brewing beer

Adrian F. Wassel – Editor

  • Name Recognition: Is the CCO & Editor In Chief of Vault Comics, and plays the role of editor on most, if not all, of Vault's titles

  • Also helps run Vault with his brother and father

  • Has personally helped other comics creators, like Eric Palicki, in their endeavors

HOW DO I BUY IT?


Queen of Bad Dreams #1 hits shelves 4/24/2019.


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