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
1. 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.
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.