Dream Thief Vol II: Escape


Main Plot Points:

  • John Lincoln didn’t understand why vengeful ghosts possessed him while he slept—until he learned that his father was also a Dream Thief!
  • To give Dad’s spirit rest, he’ll need to orchestrate a prison break, avoid a statewide manhunt, and try not to get possessed himself!

What We Thought:

  • It’s been a while since I read the terrific first volume, so plunging right back in was a little disorienting. Each issue does its best to get the reader up to speed though. Overall, a solid story, though I feel that it does suffer in comparison to its predecessor.
  • One story problem for me had to do less with the writing than with the otherwise excellent art. I had trouble differentiating between modern-day John and Fischer, which I feel shouldn’t have happened given the sizeable age difference.
  • Otherwise the art was great, strongly reminiscent of the noir and horror comics of the 90s. I really enjoyed the homages to the 80s, as well.
  • Loved the pinup gallery, with its diverse array of artistic styles.

What It Includes:

  • Issues #1-#4 of the miniseries.
  • 15-page pinup gallery, including paper dolls


  • Written by Jai Nitz
  • Art by Greg Smallwood and Todd Galusha
  • Colors by Tamra Bonvillain

Recommended If You Like:

  • Sandman Mystery Theater
  • Dexter