LUCY DREAMING #4

Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Michael Dialynas
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Michael Dialynas
Designer - Scott Newman
Editor - Eric Harburn

"And besides... Why should the 'dream world' have all the fun..."

When you read a story like Lucy and Welsey's you hope it goes the way where despite the problems that got them to where they are that they would rise above. They don't need to be heroes, but at least not the villains. Well, one out of two ain't bad, right?

Before you read any further, and if you couldn't tell from the opening paragraph - there will be SPOILERS in this look at LUCY DREAMING #4.

Last issue Lucy explained to Welsey about their abilities and traveling to The Storyscape. Welsey took the news with a lot of skepticism at first but eventually accepted what Lucy was telling him and he began to embrace the idea. Then we get to this issue and things have begun to... escalate. Quickly. I find Bemis's escalation of Welsey an interesting decision because the pacing of this series has been well laid out through the first three issues. The story never felt rushed or that certain scenes were there out of necessity instead of the natural flow of the story. Welsey's place in this issue doesn't come out of nowhere, but Bemis does get us there really quick. Maybe this is just getting to the root of Welsey's character and not delaying the inevitable, so Lucy's story could continue to develop. Afterall, this series is called LUCY DREAMING and not WELSEY MOPING.

The art throughout this series has been outstanding. Michael Dialynas's work on THE WOODS gave him the grounds to develop and hone his craft and has allowed him to go all out with this series. The concept of using dreams allows Dialynas every kind of back drop he and Bemis desire. This series is only five issues, so there are space limitations, but Dialynas's potential is endless in this kind of series. Beyond just the linework on this issue, Dialynas's coloring is incredible. The palette in the real world uses a lot of muted colors, but not drab colors. There is life there and it comes out on each page. But that muted palette then allows for an explosion of colors when Lucy reaches The Storyscape. Dialynas's panel layouts in this issue, as with the previous issues, are great. The story flows easily along the page and the impact of the moment is felt by how the page is laid out. The page where Lucy explains to Welsey about his dad is a single panel page, but it is broken up with a number of images of Lucy talking that would have lost it's impact had it been done in panels.

The story and art in this issue is highlighted by the lettering of Ed Dukeshire. Dukeshire continues to lead by example as a veteran letterer and presents the dialogue throughout this issue as part of the art. The issue is mainly driven by Dialynas's art from the first page, but where Bemis and Dukeshire come in with dialogue and sound it is a smooth mesh of enjoyment.

LUCY DREAMING #4 is a solid issue in the overall five issue miniseries. The story does seem to switch to the next gear, everything works well together. Bemis, Dialynas, and Dukeshire are a 'dream team' that are firing on all cylinders and have me excited for the conclusion, despite knowing it is the last they're going to be working together - until the next project.

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