Synopses & Reviews
A Game of You
is the fifth volume in the story of The Sandman
A departure in style and tone for the series, as Morpheus, King of Dreams, takes a supporting role. A mix of several fiction genres, from fantasy to horror, A Game of You features a doll-like protagonist named Barbie, her pre-operative transsexual neighbor, a lesbian couple (Hazel and Foxglove, who also appear in Gaiman's Death graphic novels), talking animals, and a severed head.
"Gaiman spins a tale that spans worlds, from the urban inhabitants of a grungy walk-up, to those of a Narnia-type land endangered by an enemy known only as the Cuckoo. Gaiman's adroit sampling of world mythos gives the series its scope and sense of timelessness, but as usual it's the characters who stand out. This time the wonderfully motley crew includes a drag queen, a punky lesbian couple, several talking animals, one talking decapitated head, the confused heroine Barbie, and of course, Morpheus himself, The Sandman's eponymous dreammeister....If you haven't read The Sandman yet, this is as good a place as any to start. Shawn McManus's drawings are marvelous, the story is marvelous, and, by the end, Gaiman's splendid writing even managed to coax a tear from these tired old eyes. The Sandman remains the standard by which other fantasy works, graphic and otherwise, will be measured in the '90s. Great stuff." Elizabeth Hand, Detroit Metro Times
The line between reality and fantasy is blurred in this tale of gender identity, childhood, and magic.
Written by Neil Gaiman; art by Shawn McManus, Colleen Doran, Bryan Talbot, George Pratt, Stan Woch, and Dick Giordano; cover by Dave McKean; introduction by Samuel R. Delany