Dream Police Issue Ten Review
Dream Police Issue Ten
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Sid Kotian
Publisher: Image Publishing
Few spoilers ahead.
After going to the different Sci-fi cons over the years, one of the best times is to hear the stories from the actors about what happens behind the scenes of your favorite TV series. One of the best stories I heard came from actor Peter Jurasik and it was about the writer of Dream Police, J. Michael Straczynski. The story was about a prank that Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas played on Straczynski at a convention and how the power of the writer helped Straczynski in getting his revenge. From reading Dream Police, Straczynski still has that writing power skill.
Dream Police takes place in the future where the police now have to patrol the dreamscape, a surreal landscape where those who have died in their sleep wander in a sort of purgatory. Detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford are partners yet when Frank disappears things take a turn in twilight manner. Thursday meets Kate Black who says that she has been Joe’s only partner. By Issue ten, now all three are together and Joe is now determined to find out what has been causing this conundrum. This brings Joe to seek out his wife Mary who seems to be caught in a continuity loop. The only way for him to find the answers that he seeks if for him to try to break into a recurring dream. Will Frank and Kate be able to get him out if he gets into any trouble? Good thing it doesn’t take five years to find out. We do get the answer but it leads to a troubling development that we will have to wait until the next issue to see how it plays out.
J. Michael Straczynski is a well know writer not only for his work on many television series but also many well-regarded comic book franchises. Dream Police seems to be a collusion of those endeavors into one adventure. Issue #10 is a well-developed story that would work for a 43 minute time slot. These issues seem to be building to a big reveal which we see at the end in the next issue panel.
Sid Kotian does seem to have an easy part in bring Straczynski’s story to life. Creating a dreamscape word that is different in each panel only enhances the story as the reader moves from page to page. Simple images in one panel to a strange new world in the next, one can only wonder how many different ways Kotian can come up with in drawing a dream reality.
Dream Police is an ongoing series that started off as a one shot back in 2005. The new series began back in 2014 and it has taken two years to reach number ten. At this pace, I can almost see a race between Straczynski and G.R.R. Martin on who will finish first. The last few issues have been released at monthly intervals so here is hoping that Straczynski will hold station and keep the rest of the issues coming.