The Dreaming #3 – Simon Spurrier, Writer; Bilquis Evely, Artist; Mat Lopes, Colorist Ratings: Ray – 9/10 Ray: Simon Spurrier’s reinvention of the Unexpectedin 1969. Merv was hoping that Gallows would bring some sense of order to the realm and assist the overwhelmed Lucien – a job he begins to accomplish all too well. After flashbacks showing Gallows’ twisted origins, the Judge introduces himself to Lucien as a willing servant and convinces him to take some time off and let the Judge continue with his plans. Lucien, close to breaking down already, agrees – a decision that anyone familiar with comics knows will end very badly. Judge Gallows has a silver tongue, but dark intentions. Gallows them takes the Black Chest from which he came and uses it to resurrect his two brutish enforcers. They then march on Dora’s cabin, where she’s keeping the shooter. The series has been vague on Dora’s exact nature for most of the run, but this issue gives us some major clues. More importantly, it doesn’t take long for Gallows’ plan to reach its culmination, leaving him as the unquestioned ruler of the Dreaming as even Merv begins to realize he’s made a horrible mistake. This is definitely a more conventional, action-packed take on the franchise than Sandman ever was, but it’s a fascinating narrative so far.