Simone Larsell, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Simone Larsell)
Although it has a more horror slant than the later volumes-- which veer into the realms of dark fantasy-- this volume collects 8 fantastic issues and is an excellent start to Neil Gaiman's comics epic. The Sandman remains my personal favorite Gaiman works, period. This collection is worth getting in part for the simple fact that it's the beginning to one of the greatest stories ever, but also that it contains two particularly brilliant issues-- '24 Hours' and 'The Sound of Her Wings'. The first is a horrific metaphor for the process of writing a story in general and the second a bittersweet walk with Death herself. I can't recommend this series highly enough-- and even if you've never given comics a try, I think if you started here, you wouldn't be able to stop.
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uncle_loki, November 17, 2007 (view all comments by uncle_loki)
The characters in this series have so much depth. I don't particularly like Dream as a person, but I root for him in the same way you might root for a family member even when they do things that bother you. Death and Destruction are the two I enjoy most because they are antistereotypical, also because they are so personable and relatable. I adore them like I would a favorite uncle or good friend, and found myself missing them when the story was over.
I also very much enjoyed the epic scope of the story. It covers hundreds of years, and the same people tend to pop up now and again throughout. The progression of the story is fluid in spite of the fact that it focuses on numerous characters and does not progress chronologically.
The first book is not necessarily my favorite, but it is the best place to start . . . and they are all fantastic. I know this is a bold statement, but I consider this series one of the best things I've read.
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Cedate, December 24, 2006 (view all comments by Cedate)
It has been a long time since I picked up a graphic novel. What an awesome reintroduction to this genre. The combination of Gaiman's amazing storytelling and the great artwork make for an exciting experience. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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crowyhead, August 22, 2006 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is probably my least favorite of the Sandman collections, as the series hasn't really hit its stride yet and Morpheus hasn't really developed as a character. It's still excellent stuff, though, and the last story, "The Sound of Her Wings," is worth the price of the collection just by itself. After Morpheus charging through the world recovering what's rightfully his, it is surprising and welcome to see him as a morose young man feeding the pigeons.
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The Sandman #01: Preludes and Nocturnes
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by Stephen King,
"Neil Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium."
by Steve Erickson, L.A. Weekly,
"The Sandman is Neil Gaiman's own inventory of the books of hell, personally rewritten with no small measure of ambition or cockiness."
by Lewis Shiner, Slam,
"The Sandman is not a superhero...he is an observer, occasionally a catalyst, rarely the focus of the action. He rules the kingdom of dreams and his motives are not ours to understand. Neil Gaiman...is the best...[at] combining passion with gruesome horror [and] delicate characterization with exhaustive research."
In stories reprinted from The Sandman #1-7, the Lord of Dreams is freed from decades-long imprisonment and seeks to reclaim his office in encounters with John Constantine, the Justice League of America, and more.
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