Right, in full disclosure, I’m a little biased. I’m a big fan of Lucas’ work. That said, he and Greg have made something special with “Dream Jumper”. My initial reaction after reading it the first time was the craving for more. I want more of this world and, more importantly, these characters. That’s where this dynamic duo really rocked. They hook you right away on the main characters. So many times I’ve read graphic novels that use worn out, on the nose, horrifically obvious tools to get you to like the people in the story.
You know what I’m talking about, the literal “save the cat from the tree” scene, that has proliferated graphic novels and movies alike. They rarely have the intended effect of making the reader go “awwww!” with glassy, anime eyes. Instead, they jolt you right out of the story, ruining the illusion. Not in “Dream Jumper”. Again, I won’t mention specifics of some of these subtleties, but they’re there and they put you right next to the hero. And off you go.
I guess my only complaint is that it wasn’t enough. I wanted more, and thankfully, more is coming. So, Lucas, if you’re reading this, stop! Get back to work!
P.S. Sophie had one complaint after reading it: The paper was not bacon flavor.