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Review: Polybius Dreams by Ben Grisanti, Keith Grachow, and Ester Salguero

Polybius Dreams http://www.polybiusdreams.com is a 40-page, full color, suspense/horror comic written by Ben Grisanti, illustrated by Keith Grachow, and colored by Ester Salguero, with pin-ups by Kelly Williams, Shawn Daley, and Jordan Kroeger. Published by Hypnotic Dog Comics.

Travel back to the ‘80s and return to the time of arcades in Polybius Dreams! In this four-part series we start off meeting three friends, Patrick, Michael, and Paul that escape the bullying at school through the excitement of blinking lights and ringing bells at the local arcade. All seems normal until one day when a new game arrives. Polybius Dreams. Once the game is up and running every kid in town wants to play, but playing appears to somehow change the kids, making them more violent, more sinister! But what effect will the mysterious game have on Patrick, Michael, and Paul?!

The writing does a great job of introducing the main characters and setting the small town, 1980s scene. The dialogue between the characters flows smoothly and reads like natural conversations. The plot slowly reveals itself without feeling forced or rushed. And the cliffhanger ending of this first chapter leaves you wanting more! The art is full of different body types, expressive faces, and individual personal features that distinguish each character. A lot of attention has also gone into the backgrounds filling them with subtle details that give each scene a sense of realism and weight that grounds the story in the real world. The coloring of the comic is skillfully applied and treats lighting and shadows with a masterful touch! The bonus pin-ups at the end of the comic are a real treat too!

Head down to the arcade and experience Polybius Dreams for yourself at http://www.polybiusdreams.com and find more from Hypnotic Dog Comics at http://www.hypnoticdogcomics.com

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