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Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #5 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 5 critic ratings.


It’s Wesley Dodds vs. the U.S. Army as the Sandman infiltrates a military base in search of his missing journal.

Can he get in and out before anyone sees him, or will the full force of the military come down on Wesley?

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24 pages
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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    "War crimes are for the defeated." I don't know what to risk being reductive by comparing dialogue form a superhero comic book to real-life events, but the line certainly did echo through the hollow halls of reality upon reading it in Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #5, the latest issue of a series that deserves far more attention than its received. Riley Rossmo has always been a talented artist, but his cartooning in this series should put in the conversation with the like of Cooke, Sale, and Samnee as a modern great in the lineage of Will Eisner (and should garner attention from that legend's namesake awards body). The action is fluid, the panel layouts are dynamic and inventive, and the character are expressive and memorable no matte r how small the role they play in the story. Meanwhile, Robert Venditti is doing impressive work making the pacifist protagonist a clever and complex character, learning that even his seemingly merciful methods have traumatic ramifications. There's a small tinge of disappointment in the issue's ending, which doubles back on a previous twist and into more predictable territory, but it's a minor misfire. This is the stuff that comic book dreams are made of.
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Robert Venditti has been weaving a compelling, noir-inspired story of the original Sandman here, with Wesley Dodds out to reclaim his experiments before they’re perverted into a weapon of war. After foiling an assassination attempt on Vanderlyle last issue—at the cost of the assailant’s life—he’s on the trail of Colonel Breckinridge, the mastermind of the fire and the theft. After an action-packed infiltration segment, he gets alone with the ruthless military man and proceeds to interrogate him—revealing the depths of the villain’s sociopathy and how far he’ll go to give his country an edge. It’s a great segment, but it almost feels one issue too early—after all, we’ve still got a grand finale to see. And the last-page reveal makes why very clear, as an unexpected villain emerges and promises to give Wesley Dodds a very personal fight. It’s a great follow-up to the work Williamson did with the long-dead Dodds in Knight Terrors.
  • 80


    Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #5 skillfully weaves together action, philosophy, and the blurred lines between right and wrong. The confrontation between Wesley and Colonel Breckenridge not only provides intense stealth and action sequences but also delves into the moral complexities of war. The philosophical discussion on war crimes being a matter of perspective further deepens the story, leaving readers to ponder the justification of actions in the pursuit of specific ends. Riley Rossmo’s art continues to excel in capturing the noir aesthetic, with well-choreographed sequences and expressive facial details. The variety in panels, including subtle visual nuances and sight gags, enhances the storytelling experience. The meticulous sound effects by letterer Tom Napolitano contribute seamlessly to the overall visual impact without overshadowing the action. Ivan Plascencia’s use of color, particularly the ethereal green sleep gas, adds a visually striking element to the narrative. The issue concludes with a cliffhanger and it appears someone in Wesley’s inner circle is not who they appear to be. Overall, the combination of compelling storytelling and impressive artistic elements makes this issue well worth the read.
  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #5 brings the penultimate issue to a close with the end of the mystery before a last-minute twist sets up a physical and emotional conflict in the finale. Venditti's detective noir style and execution are on point, and Rossmo's art is as good as it gets in this issue, so here's hoping the creative team can stick the landing.
  • 80

    DC Comics News

    Wesley Dodds #5 sets up a finale that may hold further surprises or simply wrap up the story. Either way, this series has maintained a consistent quality as it’s progressed. It’s just plain good with some moments of brilliance.

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