I don’t talk often about the comics that I loved as a kid – these titles have long since become little more than character licenses for their demonic overlords that cycle and recycle them through the same arcs that seem more like a canned story of being stuck in a dream than anything new or inventive. And so, it is with great happiness when I find a book that reminds me of these long-dead years. Dream Reavers took me back to the days of anxiously waiting for X-Men to come out every month.Something I do talk often about is the need for interesting and inventive characters with details that make them original but still allow the reader to understand and bond with them. Dreams Reavers does all of that in a fun and adventurous world where anything can happen or be reality. There is a good bit of moving between the different characters, in their homelands before they are united in their dreamworld and it is admittedly a little jarring but it is necessary to build these characters and the families around them, that make them both unique and worth following – readers will worry about the health and well-being of these characters.
Virtually every page of Dream Reavers reminded me of the X-Men that I miss so much. As I said above, the characters are unique and developed but they are also deeply flawed. None of them are perfect people – they each have their own issues or problems that make them not only unlike other characters but also seem more human in a way that makes me want to keep reading – this was at one time the hallmark of my X-characters, they were all teenagers trying to survive in a world that feared them but they were also good people with weird quarks that forced me to come back monthly for the floppies.
I look forward to reading the Dream Reavers trade paperback so that I can find out how their journey ends but I also hope that it is not truly the end of the story.