“A World of Pure Imagination” – Lucy Dreaming #1
Max Bemis and Michael Dialynas’s Lucy Dreaming is a unique five-issue miniseries that is filled with fantastical adventures that will span across many different worlds. The series promises high adventure, science fiction, and fantasy with a coming-of-age twist. Lucy Dreaming #1 revolves around Lucy, who wants more from life and gets just that in her dreams.
Lucy is a 13-year-old girl who finds her life to be quite boring. School is nothing she takes too seriously unless it is her English class. She feels challenged in that particular class. Additionally, it seems as though that is the only class where she feels that her mind is fully appreciated. Readers follow her throughout one seemingly normal day. However, a change develops, and she finds herself in a strange world where she can be the hero.
Max Bemis’s writing in Lucy Dreaming #1–which I’m pretty sure is a play on ‘lucid’ dreams–is great. The main character, Lucy, is a highly developed and fully realized character. All of the characters seem real in Lucy Dreaming #1. Lucy sounds like a real teenager. Her parents seem like parents depicted from a teenage perspective. Thus, her parents feel real. The story itself feels as though it comes to life in a surreal kind of way. Even the dream world feels fairly real.
Much of what allows the worlds of Lucy Dreaming #1 to feel real is the dialogue. The dialogue, in many ways, is relatable. Not to mention, much of it is absolutely hilarious and sometimes a little morbid. There are definitely a couple of Rick and Morty moments in this issue.
Michael Dialynis’s artwork and colors are incredible in many different ways. In Lucy Dreaming #1’s real world, both the color scheme and artwork seems rather mundane and a little bland at times. This stylistic choice mirrors Bemis’s writing. The real world, through Lucy’s eyes, is boring and underwhelming. Thus, the artwork and color scheme reflects that perfectly. Many of the colors have grey tones and there is not a lot to look at in the background. Even many of the characters seem imperfect and plain.
However, the dream world has a drastically different tone. Therefore, the artwork and colors mimic that change. The plain colors of the real world are replaced by several bright colors. The color scheme of the dream world fit the tone of the dream and the genre that it represents. Dialynis’s artwork even seems to signify a certain kind of perfection not seen in the real world.
Lucy Dreaming #1 is the start of an intriguing miniseries with endless possibilities. Fans of Bemis’s other works, such as Moon Knight, won’t be disappointed by his latest project. Most readers will find themselves immersed in both the real world and the dream world. Lucy Dreaming #1 grabs your attention from page one and makes you want more even after the final page. It is that immersive quality of the storytelling that actually caught me off guard. I am definitely intrigued and looking forward to the second issue in this series.