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Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #4 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.

Trapped in a dream by his own sleep gas, Wesley Dodds comes face-to-face with his worst nightmare. Can he escape his own dark dream, and will it be in time to stop the Fog’s next move?!

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21 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This pulpy noir comic maintains a pretty deliberate pace, almost feeling more like a detective thriller than a superhero comic.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Wesley Dodds: Sandman #4 manages to be both sagacious and brutal. The issue offers an easy-to-follow story and a complexity to its art that could have readers staring at the pages for hours.

  • 85


    Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #4 proves to be a gripping and introspective chapter in Wesley Dodds’ journey. The unique narrative device of Wesley succumbing to his own sleep gas opens the door to a haunting exploration of his past transgressions and potential future consequences. The seamless blend of Robert Venditti’s masterful writing and Riley Rossmo’s expressive art brings Wesley’s inner turmoil to life, particularly in the dream sequences where the cartoony elements add a surreal touch. The symbolic reflection on pacifism, embodied in a poignant moment with the Fog, adds depth to Wesley’s character, challenging his ideals in the face of his own violent actions.

  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #4 is another excellent, pulp serial-inspired detective story in Robert Venditti’s mini-series. Riley Rossmo’s art oddities are still in effect, albeit toned down, but Rossmo’s action choreography is improving. Overall, this series is turning out to be a close second in the race to be the best of DC’s Golden Age imprint.

  • 80

    Robert Venditti, Riley Rossmo, and Ivan Plascencia have struck on something special with this run on Wesley Dodds: Sandman. Despite issue #4 opening with a dream sequence, so often a crutch of incapable writers, Rossmo’s airy linework and creative layouts, paired with Plascencia’s punchy colors, keep the reader as enthralled as Dodds himself. Venditti has also impressed with how he’s managed to draw a connection between Dodds’ gas weapons and the horrors of chemical warfare without it feeling cheap, and challenging Dodds’ pacifist philosophy without casting it aside in favor of something easier. Wesley Dodds: The Sandman remains one of the most exciting and impeccably crafted superhero comics being published.

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