As the House of Mystery goes up in smoke, victims of famous fires from different historical eras labor side by side with the denizens of the Dreaming, desperately trying to quench the flames, when Eve remembers the long-neglected figure still trapped in the attic of the burning house.
A special, extra-sized issue finds the House of Secrets materializing in the waking world on Halloween. For one night only, Abel has license to tell secrets without fear of retribution. His captive audience: five outcast goth kids who get more tricks than treats when confronted by an upset Cain.
In the deep and always-black depths at the bottom of the sea, a colony of merfolk lives in a ruined city. Among them, a young merwoman stands trial for speaking forbidden truths culled from her dreams‹dreams of a world where land and sun and sky exist above watery darkness.
Tortured by Cain's descent into drunken despair, Abel pays Eve a visit to enlist her help in easing his brother's pain. As Eve tends to the nasty business of feeding the monsters under her care in the Cave of Nightmares, Abel discovers that a mother's love knows bounds after all.
Battered, bruised, and crippled by heroin addiction, Echo lies dying in a desolate New Orleans squat, while his sole remaining friend hits the streets for a fix to tide him over. But when a violent intrusion catapults Echo into The Dreaming, he finds his deepest desires unexpectedly fulfilled.
The day of reckoning arrives for hunted Echo, and even an envoy of the Endless may not be strong enough to stop The Corinthian and Matthew from exacting revenge. Will Lucien, still mired in his tragic obsession with Christina, catch up with everyone in time to stop the killing?
Now possessed of a magical "sight" that allows her to see simultaneously the world as we know it and the world as it really is, Maddy sees New York as a surreal landscape full of pitiful ghosts, beautiful ethereal fairies, and terrifying monsters. Who says seeing is believing?
From the landing of Robin Hood's final, fateful arrow to the tantalizing harem of the Arabian Nights to Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs, Danny and Goldie partake in hilarious adventures as they interrupt stories in progress and change the course of modern literature.
Eve leaves the safety of her cave in the Dreaming in order to look for Matthew in the waking world. Heedless of the consequences, Eve calls in a very old debt to aid her search, while Lucien the librarian makes an extremely personal sacrifice for the suddenly ravenless lady of nightmares. 'The Unkindness of One' part 2.
The Unkindness of One' part 1! At first, Matthew the Raven thinks it's just a bad dream. It turns out to be an even worse awakening when a mysterious force yanks him out of Eve's cave and into the waking world, where he finds himself naked, shivering, and unmistakably human.
Souvenirs' part 1! The Corinthian is supposed to be a nightmare. He's not supposed to have bad dreams, but a strange link has formed between the toothily charming new Corinthian and Gabriel, a delusional victim of an older version of the Corinthian. Gabriel believes that he is truly the Corinthian, and his warped reality is affecting the Dreaming.
Part 1 of the 2-part "Coyote's Kiss" finds the archetypal native American trickster known as Coyote luring Matthew the Raven away from the safety of the Dreaming and begins to wheedle his way into Eve's affections. But as two mortal dreamers discover, the restless and arrogant Coyote is never content until he bites off more than he can chew. This story arc is written by Terry Laban (THE DREAMING, Cud), with art by Jill Thompson (THE SANDMAN, THE INVISIBLES). MATURE READERS
The conclusion to the 4-part "Weird Romance" by writer Bryan Talbot (Tale of One Bad Rat, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT). Bridget and Matthew arrive at Eve's cave, where they discover some surprising revelations about Bridget and her two suitors, and encounter the power of the Crawpock. This dark fairytale ends with an appropriate twist. MATURE READERS
Part 3 of the 4-part "Weird Romance" by writer Bryan Talbot (Tale of One Bad Rat, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT). Drunk with power from one of the Dreamlord's own stones, Bridget's ex-lover pursues her ex-fianc_ from the Dreaming to the waking world, while Bridget and Matthew the Raven realize that romantic illusions may be extremely hazardous to one's health. MATURE READERS
Part 2 of the 4-part "Weird Romance". While her body lies dying in a hospital bed, Bridget finds that being in the Dreaming is no honeymoon, either. Not only does she have to battle her way through some painful-and very powerful-memories, she must also make a critical decision between two suitors. But as Matthew the Raven discovers, Brid has some powers of her own. MATURE READERS
Weird Romance part 1! On what should have been her wedding day, Bridget lies comatose, suspended between life and death. But her real adventure has only just begun. While her fianc_ Chris sits by her side, Bridget begins a quest that will take her into the very heart of the Dreaming.
This single-issue story by writer Alisa Kwitney (VERTIGO VISIONS: THE PHANTOM STRANGER and artist Michael Zulli (THE SANDMAN: THE WAKE) finds an unwelcome visitor from Cain's past arriving at the House of Mystery. The visitor intends to probe into the most ancient, and personal, mystery of all-one involving Abel and a few well-hidden secrets-and may ultimately threaten Cain in the most unexpected of ways. MATURE READERS
The Lost Boy, Part 4 of 4: They say you can never go home again, but Mad Hettie reveals to Brian that he can return to his own time if he is brave enough to once more dare the realm of Faerie. But as Brian and Hettie discover, entering Faerie is one thing. Leaving it is quite another. MATURE READERS
The Lost Boy, part 3 of 4: Muriel discovers that Brian really is a traveler from post-war London, just as Brian realizes he can't adjust to the faster pace of life in the '90s. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Mad Hettie has a rendezvous with Destiny. MATURE READERS
The Lost Boy, part 2 of 4: Life in the '90s proves trying for Brian, the '50s architect whose path has crossed with that of Mad Hettie. But Hettie isn't around to help Brian adjust; she's busy in the past, taking care of unfinished business with Lady Johanna Constantine. MATURE READERS
The Lost Boy, part 1 of 4: Mad Hettie, Lady Johanna Constantine, three untrustworthy fairies and an idealistic young British architect named Brian converge on a certain forest on midsummer night's eve...in different centuries. But time is relative, especially in one of the Soft Places...and poor Brian is even more lost than he believes. MATURE READERS
Part 2 of the 3-part "The Goldie Factor": Through eldritch forests, uncharted oceans, and the desert nair of some particularly noxious beasts, Cain, Abel, and Gregory search for a sign of Goldie and the amoral charmer who has abducted her. But it's not until the sons of Adam reach the ruined remnants of the very first city on Earth that they realize they are being led back to the one place they're forbidden to go. SUGGESTED FOR MATURE READERS
THE DREAMING explores both new and familiar inhabitants of this realm in self-contained tales, short story-arcs, and longer, intricately woven sagas by rotating creative teams. In issue #1, Part 1 of the 3-part "The Goldie Factor" by writer Terry LaBan and artist Peter Snejbjerg (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC), Cain murders Abel once too often. So Goldie the infant Gargoyle runs away from the House of Secrets, only to fall under the seductive influence of a limbless being calling himself Tempto. Together the two embark on a voyage of discovery to some of the farthest reaches of the Dreaming. SUGGESTED FOR MATURE READERS