Written by James Ferguson
Published on Thursday, 23 January 2014 02:37
Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford are detectives but they don't track down murderers and drug dealers in the big city. Instead they patrol the dreamscape in Dream Police, an upcoming series written by J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) and illustrated by Sid Kotian from Image Comics. Here's the write up from the publisher:
Joe and Frank have been partners for as long as they can remember, patrolling the alternate universe of dreams, nightmares, and the great void beyond, an alternate but very real dimension of changelings, echoes, wisps, ethers, and nightwalkers, those that died in their sleep and wander the dreamscape forever.
The Dream Police have seen it all. But when Frank steps away and disappears… and the woman who returns says she’s Joe’s partner, that she’s always been Joe’s partner… he begins a journey into the unknown that will shake the dreaming down to its very foundation.
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I didn't know this but JMS moved 20 times by the time he was 17 years old. As a result, he had a lack of continuity while growing up that led him to imagine his own “hometown” that would be a community he put together in a Frankenstein-like fashion with different memories from different places he'd lived. This world was visited only in his dreams. “I've been fascinated with the idea that the dreamscape is a real place, stitched together from echoes of the physical world, where we go to find some measure of relief, or adventure, or understanding,” said Straczynski. “If that's the case, then there has to be some means of providing order and protecting dreamers from danger… which led me to the notion of the Dream Police.”
At its heart, Dream Police is a crime series, but it offers more than that. Each issue builds the world around Joe and Frank and allows readers to learn about other inhabitants of this realm. “The book delves into the other characters who live in the dreamscape,” said Straczynski. “The architects (who design environments on the fly as needed by dreamers), changeling and echoes (who play the parts of people we know), nightmares (figures both frightening and deeply tragic) and others who serve a higher power.”
Dream Police is not actually a new idea for JMS. I had picked up a one-shot he had written with art by Mike Deodato back in 2005 which was published through Marvel's Icon imprint. It seemed like a cool concept and unfortunately, nothing else came of it. I'm glad to see that he's brought it back and is relaunching the title with Image Comics.
The first issue of Dream Police will arrive in stores and digital devices on April 30th, 2014. The book will retail for $2.99 and feature two covers. Cover A will be drawn by Sid Kotian and Bill Farmer and Cover B will be drawn by Renae Deliz and Ray Dillon.
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