In Reviews: The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020-) #11

The time has come for a revolution in the realm of Faerie-but do Heather After and Jophiel have the power to make it happen by themselves...
The Dreaming

Synopsis: This month on ‘The Dreaming’. The time has come for a revolution in the realm of Faerie-but do Heather After and Jophiel have the power to make it happen by themselves if Ruin, lost in his own regrets, has fled back into the safety of the Dreaming? The Unseelie Court and their deadly allies certainly don’t think so…


The Story

Having retreated back to ‘The Dreaming’ in the last issue. Ruin winds up being confronted by one of the Unseelie councilors who has followed him. Thankfully, Lord Dream is on hand to smooth things over. Meanwhile back in the realm of Faerie. Heather After and Jophiel work on a way to try and re-balance the realm. To this end, Heather After has an interesting discussion with the new Queen who tells her that the Unseelie have taken over the realm. Luckily, Heather After has a plan, which could help turn the tide. In short, the new Queen must form an alliance with the deposed King Oberon and former Queen Titiana.


The Artwork

Nick Robles and M.K. Perker continue to blow me away with their art for this book. The transitions between the different worlds featured are seamless and each world has its own unique color wash and style. The sequence of panels where the Queen is recounting how she defeated Oberon and Titiana has a magical cinematic quality to them. It almost feels like an animated film, but for a somewhat more mature audience.

I also enjoyed the final page, which sees Heather After come into her power when the Unseelie try to bind her to their will.



The Dreaming continues to bring an animated cinematic feel to the stories of Ruin and his friends as they try to put the world to rights. This is a comic book series that is just waiting to be made into an animated series or an epic fantasy movie.

The Dreaming: Waking Hours (2020-) #11
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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