Writer: Jai Nitz
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Dark Horse Comics
John Lincoln has come to be in possession of a mask. Originally John thought he stole it from a museum, but it actually chose him. This is the beginning of his life as a Dream Thief. When he falls asleep he wears the mask and carries out the revenge of ghosts that inhabit his body. We’ve learned that this is a trait that his father had as well, causing him to abandon John and his sister Jenny. It was his way of trying to protect them. As a Dream Thief John has access to the ghost’s memories and knowledge. This allows him to right some wrongs in his waking life as well.
In the last issue of Dream Thief: Escape we left off with John Lincoln talking to his father in prison. Well, the man his father’s ghost currently inhabits. John now has to find a way to break him out of jail so he can get his revenge. As we learn more about his father, John’s sister Jenny has some resentment that comes out in this issue. I can’t say I blame her at all. It’s a subject that hits close to home for many people. While I can relate to Jenny, I’m starting to dislike her a little. Lucky for me she’s not the main protagonist.
The more we learn about John’s father, the more information we get about what happens when you become a Dream Thief. We get to see what can happen if the ghosts are unable to get revenge on those that killed them. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the character development in John as he learns to deal with this condition. Jai Nitz has written John in a way that makes him feel more like a real person with each issue that’s released. There was one piece of the story I could have done without, but it is good background information.
Greg Smallwood’s art continues to be great. Not that I expected anything less from him. Smallwood’s cover for this issue is my favorite Dream Thief cover to date. I love the Miami Vice feel, and the fact that an older Dark Horse logo was used. He even added little touches to give it the appearance of wear. While the cover is minor compared to the interior art, the art within the book stays consistent with the past issues. Smallwood sticks to heavy line work and larger white gutters. I’ve gotten so used to his art style it will be hard to adjust to a new artist in the next issue. A new aspect to this issue was the way Smallwood incorporated background music into the art. If you really want to know the musical lyrics you can read them, but they don’t interfere with the text of the actual story.
This is a great book. I will suggest that you read “Dream Thief: Escape #1” before tackling this issue just so you know what’s going on. Plus, it’s just as good as this issue. Flashbacks included, Nitz has written this story in a way that flows well. Escape will read well once it’s collected after seeing the transition from issue #1 to #2. I do hate the way Nitz ended this issue simple because now I have to wait another month to see what happens. I guess that’s the point really: to keep us coming back for more. If you buy comic books based solely on art or covers, (I am guilty of buying comics for cover art) then I would recommend you buy this as well. Smallwood’s art is amazing and we’ll surely see more from him in the world of comics.
“Dream Thief: Escape #2” earns 8 / 10