Review – Lucy Dreaming #1

Lucy Dreaming #1 –
Boom! Studios

Written by Max Bemis
Illustrated by Michael Dialynas
Letters by Colin Bell

I hear so many people say that they wish they could go back to the days when they were in school.  I never ran with the popular crowd, so I never understood that sentiment.  Unless you were one of the “cool kids”, why would you want to do that?  Sometimes, back then, it was just easier to find an escape.  Enter Lucy and a new story from Max Bemis at Boom! Studios called Lucy Dreaming.

Lucy is a 13 year old girl, but certainly not your average 13 year old girl.  She’s her own person, likes her own stuff and doesn’t care who likes it.  The only typical teenager aspect she seems to have is what she thinks about her parents.  We find something out about Lucy as we keep reading that I think makes her a very relatable character to a lot of readers.  I won’t spoil what that is, but it’s a very personal revelation.  If that’s not enough, she finds out something else about herself that is far from normal.  Imagine being dropped in the middle of a story, without knowing the beginning.  I won’t give away any details, but the cover of this issue should give you some insight into what she is dealing with.  She meets someone that sheds some light on her situation, but that gets cut short.  The first issue ends pretty much how you would expect, and tells you exactly how the next issue will begin.

Lucy is one of those characters that you either relate to, or you know someone who was at least a little bit like her growing up.  Then you pair that with what really felt like a world that was set as a parody.  Bemis adds some humor in there, and the vibe really set the two worlds apart even more than the setting for me.  Dialynas really brings the other world to life, and seemed to use background colors to set the mood of every page.  I may be reading too much into that, but that was my interpretation.  I also like how they portrayed how the world sees Lucy and using the “blog” to tell us how Lucy sees herself.  This first issue really focuses on getting the reader invested in the main character.  The next issue should go a long way to building the bigger story, but for now, this is one that I will definitely be keeping on my list.


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