Dreams as a Tool in BLACK CLOUD #1 Review
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Jason Latour / Ivan Brandon
Cover/Artwork: Greg Hinkle & Matt Wilson
Sandman’s little sister
Dreams can be a powerful tool. Helps those become inspired. Helps over complex tasks. And helps one escape from the mundane into a reality that only dreams can create. Black Cloud series # 1, a young girl from the streets who possesses a gift. Alone and often in need of food, she panhandles herself for some spare change. But what people don’t know about her is that she creates a doorway into another world by using one’s dreams. A world where dreams can live out completely without interruption and be immerse by it. All you need is a story.>
Story (4.5/5) Reminds of Out of Body classics
Like the Wachowski sibling’s movie The Matrix and Christopher Nolan’s movie Inception, Black Cloud has that sort of feel. Though Barrett is just a young black girl living in a cold,unimaginative city. Filled with those who cannot see past their cellphone screens, the author depicts Barrett as this poor unassuming girl looking for money for food. We see panhandlers everyday in the big city but often wonder if there’s something more about them. Her escape are those dreams in order to wrapped herself in. Nobody dreams being poor wearing scraps of clothes and neither does she.
Now the fun part. The colors of the comics really pop. Though the comics doesn’t offer what sort of season the story is in, the brisk ink colors stand out as being cold city weather. Also, the black/white/grey scenes contrast one another when Barrett enters the scene. Deck out in the nines, her sophisticated appearance stands out like a gallery portrait. Especially loved the room filled with both human and animal character mingling cosmopolitan style. The cover of Black Cloud of Barrett holding a sword is on point, there are no exits from dreams – Great color.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Black Could. Being the first issue of the series, one can only hope Barrett will undoubtedly offer chances to see more of the dream world as the story unfolds. See life through the eyes of Barrett and her power will keep this series running for a long time. I highly recommend Black Cloud and issue # 2 debuts May 10th.