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First off, let s be clear, I m a big soppy fan of Gaiman s Work Secondly, I ve read the Sandman series several times before So this isa record of my fond re reading and musing about this story rather than some sort of objective review But if you ve read any of my other reviews, that won t come as a surprise I think it s been a full ten years since the last time I ve read this series And, given that my memory is, well to put it plainly quite shit, I get to experience the series with a fairly fresh set of eyes at this point The first thing that I notice is that the art is different that I remember I remember it being darker and grittier More real ANDsurreal at the same time But that, I m expecting, is the lens of corrective memory at play In reality, the art seemsfor lack of a better word cartoony The colors are bolder,garish than I remember Note I had the same experience recently when I re read Watchmen So I m suspecting this is an issue with me, rather than the comic Or perhaps I m remembering the later parts of the comicvividly The other thing I m surprised to see is that both John Constantine and a few members of the DC cannon show up in this first book Mostly just brief walk ons, but Martian Manhunter is there, and we see Arkham asylum and the Scarecrow These things don t detract from the story I can say that for a fact, because on my earlier reads when I hadn t read many comics, so I didn t know who many of those characters were But I have to say, reading through this time they kinda surprised me You see, I think of the Sandman series as being well kinda self contained That s not the right way of putting it really, as the story is hugely vast It s sprawling and lovely and mythically rich I guess what I m saying here is that while it seems perfectly natural that Sandman exists in the same world as Odin and Puck and Eurydice, having Batman in that cosmology, even by association, feels really odd to me And theI think of it, it s strangely off putting That said, I m fairly certain these DC cameos were early things, and weren t repeated extensively throughout the rest of the series As for this first book, it makes for both a great story in itself, and a great start to the larger series That s not a common thing Is it worth your time Absolutely I don t care if you don t read comics, you should read this series And if you do read comics, you cannot consider yourself well read until you have Sandman under your belt Seriously. [[ READ PDF ]] ⇱ Preludes & Nocturnes ☂ New York Times Best Selling Author Neil Gaiman S Transcendent Series SANDMAN Is Often Hailed As The Definitive Vertigo Title And One Of The Finest Achievements In Graphic Storytelling Gaiman Created An Unforgettable Tale Of The Forces That Exist Beyond Life And Death By Weaving Ancient Mythology, Folklore And Fairy Tales With His Own Distinct Narrative VisionIn PRELUDES NOCTURNES, An Occultist Attempting To Capture Death To Bargain For Eternal Life Traps Her Younger Brother Dream Instead After HisYear Imprisonment And Eventual Escape, Dream, Also Known As Morpheus, Goes On A Quest For His Lost Objects Of Power On His Arduous Journey Morpheus Encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, And An All Powerful MadmanThis Book Also Includes The Story The Sound Of Her Wings, Which Introduces Us To The Pragmatic And Perky Goth Girl DeathIncludes Issues Of The Original Series I thought it was time I added The Sandman It fits precisely into my systematic program of reading Hold on I can hear all you folks out there saying Your systematic program of reading Why you re one of the most eclectic readers I know I can understand why you might feel that way, but there is a little method to my madness Although it is true that some of the books I read progressive political analyzes, slim 20th century verse collections, cat books, classic spiritual treatises, or the occasional literary novel do not fit within my grand plan, most of them do.About ten years ago, I realized that many books I liked were from emerging, belittled or despised forms or genres the Elizabethan popular stage play, the budding 18th century novel, the gothic romance, the Victorian bourgeois novel published in serial form, the novel of sensation, the decadent experiment, the adventure tale, the sea story, the spy story, the ghost story, the pulps both mystery and terror , the space opera and other science fiction and fantasy of the 50 s, the detective novel, and the modern horror tale Whereas the writers of literary fiction are often too concerned with critical opinion, judiciously curbing their personal obsessions and producing unreadable writerly prose, the humble genre writer islikely to give his inner crazy free rein, and either tell his eccentric story in no nonsense fashion or on occasion let his plots and prose burgeon untrammeled, like a blooming meadow garden At worst, the result is amusing, or odd at best, it is something original, something new.Not long ago, it occurred to me that being too much a creature of words I had neglected an obvious example of an emerging genre the comic book of the late 80 s, on its way to becoming the graphic novel Since I m already in love with Gaiman s American Gods, I decided to begin with The Sandman.I am glad I did The first eight numbers of Gaiman s series are, on the surface, a traditional quest story Morpheus Lord of the Dreamworld, imprisoned for years by a sorcerer, goes searching for the objects of power his helmet, his jewel, his pouch of dream dust so that he may once again exercise full power over his realm But the stories it tells, and the genres in touches, range widely, from an Edwardian tale of an Aleister Crowley type sorcerer, a pulp EC Horror Cain and Abel anecdote, a contemporary British horror story of drug abuse, through a mythic descent into hell featuring an epic duel with demons, until it climaxes in a ghastly ordeal of modern horror with a little meta fiction thrown in in which an escaped madman in a diner, in possession of the Dream Lord s mind manipulating jewel, brutalizes the restaurant s clientele for hours The final number The Sound of Her Wings perhaps the most elegant of the eight is however, a kind of whimsical coda, introducing us to Dream s sister, the irreverent and down to earth Death.I thought everything about this saga story, dialogue, art was well executedexcept for one small detail Gaiman chooses to make a reference to the DC universe the Justice League of America, to be precise in a way that breaks the spell of what otherwise would be a completely self contained, transcendent and mythic journey But that s the kind of thing that s bound to happen in emerging genres People take risks.Anyway, I m hooked On to Sandman, Volume 2 The Doll s House . Mr Gaiman, thank you for the dream See what I did there But in all fairness this is a dream This comic is just everything I want a comic to be It s dark and brutal it s profound and sophisticated it s imaginative and creative I just love everything about it It s superb Let s begin with the characters Dream So the protagonist is a god, a very old god And he represents one of the key elements of life itself hope He is everything the mind longs for He is the reason to carry on living Dream walks in the darkness He comes from the darkness and brings the light However, such an entity has been brought down by the folly of humans He s been locked away and his power sought after The world is in turmoil thus, the story begins As Dream seeks the stolen relics of his power, the depth of this world is slowly revealed Lucifer Morningstar Although Lucifer isn t a major character in this volume, I do feel like he is being forshadowed as a later antagonist in this series Well, at least, I hope he is I love the rendition of Lucifer here He is very much in the Miltonic vein Proud and beautiful yet twisted beyond repair One of his minions has a relic of Dream s, and although the two are hospitable towards each other, the words speak of veiled threats and a violent past I can t wait to seeLucifer and Dream philosophising the sovereignty of hell Give meDeath So Death is a gothic girl who oozes with nihilism She s a rock chick who is clearly rather badass She s Dream s sister and is rather pissed off that he didn t call on her for help Why are these characters so fucking cool I could spend all day reading about this lot Did I just find a new favourite comic series FanTABulous preluDe Creative Team Writer Neil GaimanIllustrators Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg Malcolm Jones IIICovers Dave McKeanLetterer Todd Klein A PRELUdE TO dREAM It is NEVER only a dream , John Constantine. Definitely there is stuff that if you read again, you ll get it differently, but even so, you ll get it differently if you re read it again in a different order.I am re reading again the first four TPBs of The Sandman since I was able to buy the rest of TPBs of the series, BUT I chose to read first the TPBs of Death and definitely it was the right call Neil Gaiman commented at the end of The High Cost of Living that Death can serve as an introduction to The Sandman and he was right I guess he knows something about it since he s the author he,he,he.But, seriously, now that I read Death The High Cost of Living first of re engaging into The Sandman, I was able to recognize some characters and getting the importance of comments made there Even wondering details like how Roderick Burguess was sure, with just a glance, that Dream wasn t Death, but wasn t able to know who was exactly Allowing me to enjoy eventhe re reading experience of this first TPB in the series.Of course, re reading again this first TPB taking in account that I already read before the following 3 TPBs allow me to enjoy the introduction here and there of characters that they will play relevant roles in the rest of the series And that I was able to appreciate and understanding certain scenes.So, indeed this is a prelude to The Sandman, since Neil Gaiman is just establishing the general scenario where he will develop the story in the following TPBs BROKEN dREAM I am riding in your dreams. 1916 Morpheus, the King of the realm of Dreams, the embodiment of Dream, is trapped by mistake by a black sorceress.Roderick Burguess didn t want to catch Dream, he was after Death.But what s done, it s done.Dream is trapped in a magic circle during 72 years and even bereft from his tools of office which are key receptacles of his own power.1988 Dream is able to escape Weak Angry Confused.During this first TPB of The Sandman, Morpheus must seek out for his t tems of power, a little pouch full of sand, a helm with the shape of a WWI gas mask, and a ruby.Dream needs all those three artifacts since he put inside of them too much of his own power and therefore, now without them, he won t be able to regain control of his own realm.Dream will have a little help from John Constantine to get back one of those items, but about the remaining two, he must face alone dangerous challenges in unexpected places and or against unexpected oponents.And since Morpheus needs those things to get back to full power, evidently he isn t in top shape to fight his enemies with raw power, so he must rely in cunning and destiny to try to be again his old self. I need to admit something I ve never gotten Neil Gaiman s books They confuse the hell out of me I really never know where he is going with a story gasp This one was some freaky ass shit Some old guy wants to perform a ceremony to capture Death Yeah..okay.Anyways, he ends up capturing our guy Dream Dream bides his time Then he wants his domain back Then somefreaky ass shit goes down I see a whole lot of fangirls and boys on these books Don t kill me yet I have another one to read But I m skeered One of those graphic novels that are so famous and hyped up that it makes you want to read them The consequence though would be that expectations tend to rocket up I amdisappointed than entertained.I ve read 2 novels of Neil Gaiman I hated Stardust, while Ocean was a mediocre read for me I DNF did not finish American Gods and Graveyard Book because I got bored The Sandman was not that great for me I think I have to conclude soon enough that I honestly don t see what s so good about Gaiman I just don t get his weird writing I didn t hate this first volume, but it was not mind blowing The terrible thing about this volume would be the overwhelming amount of things happening There were too many characters both new and recycled so some ended up flat and boring The main character was not bad, but like I said, he became a bit flat and boring The only one that I really liked would be John Constantine I hated Martian Manhunter ever since I was a child, and I still hated him after reading this.The plot was also a bit overwhelming and confusing at times So many things were happening, and some ideas that you want the author to expound on got overlooked because new ideas were presented The overall story was actually interesting, so I ll see if it improves in the second volume.3 5 stars Still disappointed in Gaiman, but hopefully the second volume would be an improvement over this. I am anti life, the beast of judgement I am the dark at the end of everything The end of universes, Gods, worlds of everything And what will you be then, DreamlordI am hope. This is my favourite quote from this book, and one of my favourite quotes in general It s beautiful And true, thank god, so true I really liked this book I ve wanted to read The Sandman for a long time, and after this I m beginning to grasp why it s become so popular You can tell that this is a prelude to the actual series Morpheus, one of the Endless, master of Dreams, has been kidnapped, and once he breaks free, well, things aren t as he left them So the first volume is all about Morpheus trying to get his power back It s an enthralling and entertaining journey, that introduces a lot of characters, places and plots that will be revisited later I enjoy Morpheus a lot as a character He comes off as very sympathetic and yet it s soon made clear he can be as brutal and unforgiving as many others He is Endless after all It s a lotviolent than I remember it as, which is probably because I just gratefully forgot I m not prudish, but I have to admit the cruelty is often very difficult to watch I suppose I ll have to get used to it, because judging by the second volume it s not slowing down.I ll definitely continue with this series, and now I ve finally bought the whole thing It s creative, the art is to die for, and it manages to be both dark and hopeful at the same time Well, most of the time Since joining goodreads, I ve been baffled by the Neil Gaiman love fest American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, they appear to be universally loved, and I ve been skeptical of this emotion that borders on worship These books are good and all, and I recognize their general accessibility, but I don t personally find any of them mind blowing literature Gaiman s prose is no match for China Mieville s or Iain M Banks or Ursula LeGuin s and countless others who write speculative fiction , and the way he recasts mythology into contemporary settings isclever than inspired The love accorded Gaiman, therefore, feels disproportionate to the quality of his work at least to me.Lately, however, I ve been reminded that I once loved Neil Gaiman, and that reminder was my return to The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes Like his other fine work, The Wolves in the Walls, The Sandman series plays to Gaiman s greatest strength his ability to conjure beautiful images from artists But it also elevates many of the things that Gaiman is usually only able to do adequately His writing, when confined by thought and dialogue bubbles, is inspired mostly because its goal is to be natural and believable rather than aspiring to literary greatness his contemporizing of mythology is muchpalatable happening, as it does, in a comic book universe predisposed to gods and heroes and his naturally cinematic pacing works better in a graphic format Yes, indeedgraphic novels are Neil Gaiman s best form.Sleep of the Just This may be the greatest first issue of a comic ever written The capture of Morpheus Dream Sandman or whichever name of his you prefer , the sleeping sickness, his inevitable and beautifully patient escape and vengeance guarantees that any fan of fantasy or comic books or fantasy and comic books must continue with the series Even better, though, Sleep of the Just could have been its own stand alone issue, and that would have been good enough There are few single issues of a comic that are so fulfilling I buy it all, and everything I had to know was given to me Luckily, Gaiman left me with plenty beyond what I wanted to know My personal favourite the introduction of Sandman s helm Killer.Imperfect Hosts A kick ass follow up episode that includes a taste of Sandman s powers, the characters that populate his Dreamworld, and the beginning of his search for the three artefacts stolen when Burgess captured him instead of Death This episode is most notable, however, for the way Gaiman weaves his Sandman into the existing universe of DC I am not a DC fan I read Batman and Superman because they are cultural requirements, and what I know of the DC Universe is filtered through the pages of those books, but Sandman was a rare piece that warped and wefted its way into the DC universe without letting itself get bogged down in DC s usual shabbiness Imperfect Hosts is where this all begins to happen.Dream A Little Dream of Me A weakened and vulnerable Morpheus is busy looking for his sandbag, the first of the three stolen artefacts that can restore him to his former splendour and power So he tracks down John Constantine, the Hellblazer, who bought the sandbag years before and put it into storage, but the sandbag is gone, stolen by Constantine s ex lover, Rachel, a heroin addict who needed money for a fix She never got it instead, the sandbag took control of her mind, throwing her into a forever nightmare that included the transformation of her father into a room sized, living, breathing, tortured, mass of flesh Dream a Little Dream of Me is a horror show that hints at the depths of nightmare Dream will combat in future issues, and it embeds Morpheusdeeply into the DC Universe It s a satisfying chapter in Morpheus rebirth, and this is where the patient build towards the story s literary quality begins A Hope In Hell This is the one issue that really doesn t thrill me too much Morpheus goes to Hell and meets up with Lucifer, Beelzebub and Azazel Hell s triumvirate of Dark Lords demanding the return of his helm He ends up dueling Choronzon for his helm in a reality battle Each takes a turn in the shape or form or concept of something or other Each incarnation is slightly tougher than the opponent s until the victor s incarnation can t be beat Morpheus defeats Choronzon as hope, which totally sucks Hope Please I can see hope as a stage in the battle, perhaps, but as the ultimate incarnation of victory No way Hope can be good, but it s also an emotion that can derail thought and action and that makes hope potentially bad and self defeating Still, Lucifer was cool and his parting words about Dream give us plenty to look forward to in the series to come One day, my brothersOne day I shall destroy him Passengers A creepy start to the search for Morpheus last artefact the Ruby of Dreams A decrepit Doctor Destiny is sufficiently mad when he escapes Arkham Asylum, Morpheus runs into J onn and Scott Free from the JLI, and the Doctor Destiny corrupted Ruby throws Morpheus into a catatonic stupor on the floor of a storage garage in the middle of nowhere, all setting the stage for the most terrifying chapter of Volume One 24 Hours Bloody, nasty, marvelous Dreams in the hand of a corrupted man become corruption, and the whole Earth suffers This is the best issue of The Sandman in Preludes and Nocturnes, so I ll let it speak for itself But be warned this one is not for the faint hearted.Sound and Fury This is a satisfying resolution to Dream s return to power Sandman shows John Dee mercy, he bestows the Earth with a night of pleasant dreams, and he returns to his Dreamscape to rebuild his kingdom It s not quite as powerful as 24 Hours, but it does what it needs to do.The Sound of Her Wings Death is a beautiful thing If there were no other reason to love Neil Gaiman, this realization would be enough because Death really is a beautiful thing both in the comic and at the end of our livesI m glad I revisited Gaiman s greatest moment Maybe now I can enjoy his new stuffand appreciate him as much as so many of my friends do. I am hope A man named Roderick Burgress wants to prevent death in the world by summoning and capturing Death but what he ends up with is Dream instead Dream is imprisoned for 70 years and loses his tools that give him his power Upon Dream s release he must embark on a journey to retrieve his tools before the world falls into turmoil.I ve been so psyched to read the Sandman series since I first heard about it on bookstagram It s considered by many to be the pinnacle of graphic novels an epic, sprawling masterpiece that might even be Gaiman s best work My first impression was that the artwork is dark and gritty, just how I like it and hey, doesn t Dream look a lot like Gaiman himself But I was hooked pretty quickly.Gaiman s imagination will never fail to impress me, he is insanely creative and his ability to incorporate mythology into contemporary settings is extremely clever This volume does really feel like a prelude to the entire story, a prolonged introduction almost We get to meet Dream aka Morpheus aka The Sandman choose whichever name you prefer and as a character, I find him incredibly intriguing He is a sympathetic character, but can be brutal when he feels it s necessary We also meet a few other characters who you get the impression are going to become huge players within the series his sister Death and then Lucifer himself Excited to learnabout both of these characters My favourite issue in this volume was 24 Hours It s gory and graphic and you won t want to stop reading until you re done What annoyed me slightly was the inclusion of some DC characters, I haven t read any of these comics so their significance was pretty much lost on me I m not sure if having prior knowledge really matters or not, but I hate the feeling that I m missing out on something.I m really looking forward to continuing with this series as I feel like the real story is only beginning