In the desperate hours of the final battle in Grimm Fairy Tales #50, Thane of Oz makes a deal with an entity in the Cave of Shadows that releases the Dream Eater. For years, the Dream Eater makes its way to Earth. As the Dream Eater nears Earth, various characters from the Grimm Fairy Tales universe have a sense of foreboding. When it reaches Earth, the creature takes the form of an old man. The Dream Eater then seeks out and devours its first victim, the Queen of Hearts.