The Dreamer: The Battle of Harlem Heights – Laura Innes

The Dreamer 03What could easily have been a single volume fancy has blossomed into a multi book epic. This isn’t the last volume either.

We spend a lot of time in the past and skipping back and forth every few panels as more of Alan’s history is revealed. This is fine but more imaginative ways to mark or differentiate these periods could easily have been employed other than tiny captions.

Again everything feels authentic with locations, people, battles, and events crammed in. Not being American or studying this period I have no idea if any artistic licence has been taken and the book doesn’t feel the need to point out any. This is a love story and on that front it succeeds admirably with a lot of emotion on the page.

Again there is a twist ending and a considerable ramping up of the stakes.

Thumbs Up!

The Dreamer: The Kip’s Bay Affair – Laura Innes

The Dreamer 02This is another, lengthy, helping of romantic drama. Boyed with her success Innes slows things down, clearly confident that she can continue her story but possibly at the expense of a pacier tempo.

More characters are introduced and the excellent balance between the two worlds is maintained. Everything feels authentic from the drama of teenage life to the names of battles in the war. We don’t get to know any more about the deeper mystery but contemporary life unfolds nicely.

It also has one of the best recaps I have ever seen. It is in the form of a high school history test that cleverly summarises all the characters and events in an imaginative and entertaining way.

The art is superb and the little details of how kids tie their shoes, accessorise, and answer their phones is all spot on. The colouring is great and there are some excellent mirror reflections and sleep haze.

Another Thumbs Up!

The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale – Laura Innes

The Dreamer 01This is one of those ‘girl travels back in time to meet her ideal man’ romances that makes a popular novel but it appears in comic form for the first time. It is definitely aimed at the female young adult reader as it is super cute and full of high school angst.

It could be Twilight but set against the American Revolutionary war of 1776. You get a quick primer about this period in history and although the detail feels authentic it never gets in the way of the drama, and you may actually learn something.

The art is good. Very modern and lusciously digital. It felt like Wynona Earp and Innes credits Beau Smith for his support in the forward. The style is very confident and the characters definitely feel alive and expressive.

It ends on a cliff-hanger so make sure you seek out volume two.

A superb Thumbs Up!