DREAM GANG Jung At Heart

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re­leased OUT NOW! Pub­lisher dark Horse Comics Writer/artist Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy may be bet­ter known now for co-writ­ing and de­sign­ing Mad Max: Fury Road than for his equally im­pres­sive work on se­ries such as 2000 AD’s Sooner Or Later; comics’ loss is movies’ gain.

Orig­i­nally se­ri­alised in Dark Horse Presents, Dream Gang’s episodic na­ture harks back to Strange Days, his sem­i­nal ’80s an­thol­ogy with Peter Mil­li­gan and the late Brett Ewins. It cen­tres on a man who’s trans­formed while he sleeps into the blue-skinned, Bowie-es­que dream avatar Dream Voy­ager, and in­ducted into the sur­real ranks of a psy­chic su­per-team. It’s pretty heady stuff, with McCarthy chan­nelling Carl Jung’s the­o­ries as well as Steve Ditko’s orig­i­nal Doc­tor Strange.

In­deed, McCarthy owes such a debt to Ditko that the story fea­tures a fic­tional comic by the Spi­der-Man co-cre­ator and fel­low ’60s pi­o­neers Jack Kirby and Carmine In­fantino. There are also wry nods to The Beatles, and Love’s 1967 al­bum For­ever Changes.

There’s a pulpy sim­plic­ity to the script. The real draw is McCarthy’s phan­tas­magor­i­cal art, vividly coloured by Len O’Grady, which also ref­er­ences Euro­pean masters like Moe­bius and Druil­let. Mind-bend­ing bed­time read­ing from a true vi­sion­ary. Stephen Jewell

McCarthy first pitched a dif­fer­ent ver­sion of the tale to Ver­tigo in the ’90s. Back then it was called Z-Men.

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