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Review: Dream Reavers #1

Jacques Nyemb 08/13/2011 Reviews

The BIG comics companies hold Morpheus’ god-like powers over us in their ability to inhabit our dreams. For years they have been weaving their spells, causing us to tune out other dreams as mere blurs. Well today I was transported into another world in the pages of Raphael Moran, independently published comic, Dream Reavers #1.

The Story:

On their 16th birthday, four teens from various parts of the world all fell into a strange and sudden coma at the exact same moment. One by one they break free from their prison of dreams, only to be caught in a war in a mysterious world called Astral.

In the real world people thought they were freaks, but in a place like this, they can be gods.

Why I liked it

Dream Reavers Cover1. It’s a page turner. Each character where perfectly revealed, giving the reader an idea of what to expect as the story progresses.

2. I love the hidden “homages” within the pages. I spotted a Jack Kirby influence, some Walking Dead and even a little EC comics in there (If you find them make sure to comment). Credits go to Atul Bakshi and David Hedmark for their contributions.

3. The story has a familiarity to it, yet is very uniquely told. We’ve all heard of stories of “dream tampering”, where some character enters one’s dream. I find the way Raphael sets up his characters to be heroes in the Astral world has the potential of being a very entertaining story.

4. The artwork is amazing. It’s almost hard to believe all of Marc Borstel work starts with hand drawn sketches. His Illustrations have an almost 3D rendered feel to them.

5. Although many people overlook it, when I review an indie comic, next to the story and art I scrutinize the lettering. I must say E.T. Dollman did a great job!

6. One of the Heroines has wings. Take that Hawkman!

The story ends well and leaves you with questions like:
Who is that weird shadowy creature glaring at the main characters?
Did “that girl” survive?
Did I just see a stripper?
What’s with the octopus with teeth?

I hope I’ve given you enough to awaken you from Morpheus’ slumber. Give our Indie dreamer, Raphael Moran, a chance.

Below is a preview of the first six pages as well as ways to contact Raphael, to get your copy.


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About The Author

Jacques is a comics lover, 80-90's nostalgic and an all around geeky guy. He is a graphic artist by trade and just love all things artsy-fartsy.

  1. Andy Kirby 08/14/2011 at 6:06 pm

    Nice Sandman reference!

    • Jacques Nyemb 08/15/2011 at 7:14 am

      I love it when people get my cheesy references LOL :0)

  2. Nick Furious 08/15/2011 at 10:26 pm

    When did this come out?

    • Jacques Nyemb 08/16/2011 at 4:14 pm

      Currently he is getting comic shops to order them. For now he is taking requests on his Facebook page and pushing folks to ask their LCS to have them in stock. He is getting deals in the works to have it available digitally…from what I last heard.

  3. Jacques Nyemb 08/16/2011 at 4:17 pm

    To be more exact he says "Go to your local comic shop and tell them to order Dream Reavers. Issue #1 order code is JUL11 0796. Issue #2 order code is AUG11 0782. If we can make this series a success, hopefully we can do more Dream Reaver stories in the future." Digital copies can be found here…

  4. Clarence 12/09/2011 at 9:23 am

    FYI for those of you living in the NYC area (as I do) Midtown Comics, has a bunch of of copies of this book, I am picking up issues 1 and 2

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