Friday, July 25, 2014

Dream (as Lord L’Zoril) (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Sandman, Dream can appear in many different aspects, depending on who he is appearing to. He is most notably seen as a large black cat, but he does have various other aspects as well.

To date, none of the Endless have appeared on this site. I struggled with the idea of whether or not each aspect of Dream (or any of the Endless) should be showcased in their various forms since they are, in essence, the same character, but I decided that although these are the same character it was still worth approaching these incarnations as I would a new character. There are so many different aspects of Dream I thought it would be interesting to have artists interpret them and instead of giving an over-arching description of the character I am going to focus on the moment they appear in the comic in this aspect.

Here is one aspect of Dream, making his Sandman Portraits Blog debut...

In Preludes And Nocturnes, Dream visits the JLA headquarters, through the dreams of Scott Free, in hopes of finding his missing ruby.

When Scott was unable to find the location of the ruby he thought that he should ask a member of the JLA who would have battled Doctor Destiny and may have knowledge of the tool of power. The only person Scott could think of, currently at the JLA headquarters, was J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter.

J’onn immediately recognized Dream as Lord L’Zoril, the Martian god of Dreams.

Dream is surprised by the existence of J’onn J’onzz, which seems odd since I would assume that he would dream and therefore Morpheus would know there was at least one Martian still alive.

J’onn tells the king of dreams that the ruby may be located in a warehouse in upstate Gotham, in a little town called Mayhew.

Dream thanks the Martian and offers him a dream of the City Of Focative Mirrors.

Dream, in this incarnation, appears in Sandman # 5, on page 14 and 15.

I wanted Max to interpret this fascinating aspect of Dream. I felt he would do something unique and worthy of the Martian god of dreams. Max did a fantastic job with this character. I like the blackness that surrounds the flaming visage of Lord L’Zoril and I enjoy the contrast between the backgrounds and the portrait of the character. This is a fantastic portrait!!!

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