Dream Police

    (Icon, 2005)
™ and ©2005 Synthetic Worlds, Ltd.

Warning! Nun alert!

Dream Police could well be occurring behind the scenes of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. A pair of cops (presumably big fans of Cheap Trick) patrol the dreamscape, troubleshooting rogue nightmares. Their first case involves a nun’s sex dream. There’s nothing wrong with the portrayal per se, except that there are way more priests and nuns per capita in comics than in real life. Catholic clergy cliché notwithstanding, it’s a fine story.

J. Michael Straczynski’s script is well written and Mike Deodato’s art is skillfully executed. The coloring (by Rain Beredo) is a little dark, but that’s understandable, since all the action occurs at night. This was released under Marvel’s Icon imprint (the same imprint as Powers). It’s a very un-Marvel-like Marvel comic.

The indicia call this issue “#1,” but the cover is numberless, presumably indicating that this is a one-shot. If so, it’s fertile ground for a follow-up. With one foot in Sandman and the other planted firmly in Dragnet, Dream Police can fill part of the hole left by Gaiman without actually being derivative.

— Jack Abramowitz
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