Dream Thief: Escape 4 (September 2014)

Dream Thief: Escape #4

Nitz closes up the limited with just enough good will. Galusha doesn’t hack the talking heads scenes any better than he does the action scenes and there are lots of both this issue. All of a sudden Dream Thief has these ineptly composed sequences, something the comic just can’t support.

The fault isn’t entirely Galusha’s either; Nitz seems like he’s ready for the Escape series to be done. He rushes through the big action finale, something he’s been promising for all four issues of this series and even hinted at during the first series. He hasn’t introduced much of a supporting cast this series and, as he closes it down, he’s setting Dream Thief up for a much different continuation.

And, thanks to Galusha’s unfamiliar–and inconsistent from page to page–art, it seems like a perfectly good idea.

It’s too bad this series wasn’t great, but good enough works.

B 

CREDITS

Writer, Jai Nitz; artist, Tadd Galusha; colorist, Tamra Bonvillain; editors, Everett Patterson and Patrick Thorpe; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

Dream Thief: Escape 3 (August 2014)

Dram Thief: Escape #3

Things take an unexpected turn when John’s sidekick takes him hostage (after he’s been possessed). It’s a bit of a spin on the Dream Thief standard but Nitz also has a new artist on the book–Tadd Galusha–and everything feels a little different.

And not just because Galusha draws everyone too squat.

Nitz turns the possession into more of a gimmick than ever before this issue, even though there’s not a lot to do with it for a while. He forecasts the gimmick in the flashback, with John’s dad having a sweet moment with his family before rocketing from the house following an unintended snooze.

Galusha composes all the panels just fine… but he doesn’t have enough sense for the violence. While peculiarly stylistic, it feels unresponsive. Galusha doesn’t bring the series’s despondence (even if the script does) and the result is lacking.

It’s still pretty good, of course.

B 

CREDITS

Writer, Jai Nitz; artist, Tadd Galusha; colorist, Tamra Bonvillain; editors, Everett Patterson and Patrick Thorpe; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.

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