Tackle Your Nightmares In Vault’s Queen Of Bad Dreams

by Oliver MacNamee

Vault have announced their newest comic book series, Queen of Bad Dreams, by writer Danny Lore, artist Jordi Pérez, colourist Dearbhla Kelly and letterer Kim McLean, coming this Spring, as revealed exclusively first by Paste.

In their exclusive we get a reveal of the two covers, with the variant cover again carrying on their Vault Vintage Variant Cover programme of homaging a classic cover of the past – this time ’round it’s a tribute to DC Comics Madame Xanadu #1 by Micheal Kaluta (something they don’t tell you in the aforementioned feature over at Paste) – as well as character sketches and interiors.

We also get a lowdown for the newest offering from Vault:

Madame Xanadu #1 by Michael Kaulta

When a dream entity known as a figment emerges from a dreamer’s mind, it’s Daher’s job as an IJ to track them down and make the call: reinsert the figment, or grant them agency in our world. After an especially powerful figment escapes the dreams of an even more powerful politician’s son, Daher is pulled headlong into an investigation that traces all the way back to the incident that sent dreams, even nightmares, spilling into our reality.

Writer Danny Lore goes into some detail over the impetus of this new book, discussing how “People like me are told constantly how to dream—not too big, not too broad, not too often… When you’re stuck in that rut, what do you do? You dream anyway. Maybe it started out as a nightmare, but for the first time in the dozens of times you’ve had it, you broke the pattern.”

He goes on to elaborate:

That’s what Queen of Bad Dreams is about. It’s about the moment you become aware of the pattern…and the first time you break the routine. They will come after you. You will probably have to fight. That’s what happens in a world where your own dreams are the stuff of nightmares for those in charge.

  Queen of Bad Dreams #1 will be available in March.

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