The Sandman

The Sandman

Vol. 1, Preludes & Nocturnes

Book - 2010
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An occultist attempting to capture the physical embodiment of Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power to reclaim his reign. From there, one of the greatest series in the history of the graphic novel genre begins...

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series The Sandman is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in comics 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 vision.

This graphic novel--a perfect jumping-on points for any reader--includes the introductions of Morpheus, Lucifer and The Endless, all intricate parts of this enduring series that is still as relevant today as ever.

Includes issues #1-8 of the original series with completely new coloring, approved by the author.

Baker & Taylor
An occultist attempting to summon and imprison Death instead traps her younger brother Morpheus, the Sandman, who, after eventually escaping imprisonment, must regain his lost objects of power while on an arduous journey.

Baker
& Taylor

An occultist attempting to summon and imprison Death instead traps her younger brother Morpheus, the Sandman, who, after eventually escaping imprisonment, must regain his lost objects of power while on an arduous journey. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2010
ISBN: 9781401225759
1401225756
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm

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bolenk
May 18, 2018

I’ve never been one for comic books or graphic novels. On paper it totally should be my thing: I love art, I love sf (science fiction) especially with heroes and villains and anti-heroes and....., I love pretty much every tv show or movie that’s been translated from comic books and graphic novels, so why does this format not draw me in, not tempt me. I am reading the Sandman by Neil Gaiman which I’ve heard, from some of my most discerning compatriots of sf/fantasy critical thought, will be the true test. If I don’t like this then I should just give up the genre and go back to my books, movies and tv. High praise Mr. Gaiman, high praise that fuel lofty expectations.
Before the introduction, before the dedications, before the first graphic image (other than the cover art), the first thing I see is a Book of Job quote, and it is compelling!
As I delved into the first few pages I remembered why I had such a hard time getting into Sandman. It’s an unfortunate case of expectations interfering with the experience. So many people have told me how innovative it is, so when I look at the first page of artwork I am expecting work that’s taking graphic art in a completely new direction. I expect something like the cover art with its mix of the real-world with the drawn-world artwork. This expectation added to the fact that I’m not well versed in graphic art makes my first impression of the art somewhat lackluster. That’s at first glance. Then when I started reading it and really looking at the art form, even down to how the images/text are arranged, it’s hard not to be impressed with its ingenuity.
One of my favourite quotes: Dr. Destiny, “I was a real doctor. Not a medical one. A scientist one.” Hahahaha. That being said I don’t like these throwbacks to the JLA and other DC folks. They kinda fall flat and seem to fight against what Sandman is trying to become. Oooo, except for Constantine. I love him. He totally works with the feel and look of Sandman. Ok, it’s several days later and I’m done reading the first volume and am on to reading the afterword, in Gaiman’s own words, “coming up with the Lord of Dreams seems less like an act of creation than one of sculpture: as if he were already waiting, grave and patient, inside a block of white marble and all I needed to do was chip away everything that wasn’t him.” It feels like these throwbacks to DC characters like Martian Manhunter were some of those bits that needed to be chipped away. What am I’m trying to say?? It seems to me that the collection of stories in Vol 1 are the growing pains the Sandman went through in order to become the legend that he is today. I’m looking forward to seeing the sculpture in it’s further evolution as there were many nuggets of greatness throughout that I can’t wait to see evolve.

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janajee
Oct 25, 2017

"CHORONZON: I am Anti-Life, the Beast of Judgment. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, gods, worlds... of everything. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?

MORPHEUS: I am hope."

I've read a lot of dark books, more than I probably should be considering how emotional I can get. But there's a reason for that I suppose. Because every dark book I read, every dark situation I find myself in, every dark event that I face - I have hope. Hope that things would get better, that things might actually become more than what is happening.

And that's why even though this book is morbid and intensely creepy, it ranks as one of my favorite graphic novels ever.

Because of hope.

ELPLTeenLibrarian Jun 30, 2017

There are very few stories, graphically rendered or otherwise, that I hold in higher esteem than The Sandman series. Sumptuously written and populated with characters who will stay with me for the rest of my life, The Sandman is mythic in scale, and pays tribute in both function and form to the transformative power of story.

ArapahoeLesley Jan 05, 2017

2nd time reading this ( 1st time must have been in 96 or 97) and whoa is it wonky and great and so wonderfully old but not old fashioned at all.

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therhiannamater
Oct 14, 2016

This is the series that got me into comic books in general. I tend to always hold a new series against this one in comparison. "Yeah, it's good, its no Sandman, though." I feel like such a brat about it but everyone has their one true love. Dream is mine.

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dtaylz
Apr 24, 2016

APL Ruiz's resident authority on comics has called Watchmen "the Citizen Kane of graphic novels" and I agree it's a staggering achievement, but I now think The Sandman reaches farther and deeper.

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KWALKER101
Mar 14, 2016

First and foremost, Gaiman is a fantastic storyteller. As he says in the back of this volume, he was really getting his feet under him while he was getting this first collection under him. I have two favorite sections in it, the horror story of Dr. Destiny and the ending story of Death, and the rest range from intriguing to fascinating. I'll never get the game he played in Hell out of my head, as how it plays out is so beautiful. BUT. I'm dying to read the rest of the volumes, because some of the characters introduced as affected by the loss of the Sandman need some sort of resolution!

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Citizen92116
Feb 26, 2016

Neil Gaiman always has some novel intriguing element and this set is no exception.
Without doing the research, I'm sure this set was innovative in its time.
It puts an interesting spin on the preconceived notions I had of these mythical characters.

I'm still uncertain if it's comics in general for me but I struggled a bit with the flow of the story.
There seemed to be short interjection of seemingly unrelated story but then again it might have been used to set the mood.
I wasn't sure if I was meant to like or dislike the lead character since I couldn't tell if he was inherently good or bad from his actions.

There were some novel use of panels on some of the pages which worked well due to the dream-like nature of many of the settings.

I'm a big fan of the cover artist's work, Dave McKean, but that might be a review/comment for another book.

I can't really put my finger on it but the set does feel a little "90's". Maybe it's the ratted hair or the style of dress or my own personal experience during that period of my life.

Fails the Bechdal test.

As with these 'trade' comic books, the last portion of the book takes a dramatic turn and adds a new character which could be perceived as a hook to lead into the next story arch.

BookReviewer2015 Sep 27, 2014

The captivating first volume of Sandman!

Watch as The Dream King is imprisoned and escapes to face his greatest challenge!

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

For me, this was a solid read. I loved exploring Gaiman's world and his characters. Each character, whether they were hero, villain, or side character is cool/interesting in their own way (Death is so cool and quirky!), everyone has a story. Gaiman is a master storyteller, and the fantastic artwork only adds onto the comic's awesomeness. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and following the super awesome Morpheus through his adventures (he's like a mix between Eric Draven of "The Crow" and Robert Smith from The Cure!). This first volume ended pretty conclusively, so I don't what adventures Gaiman will come up with for Morpheus in the next volume, but I'm totally looking forward to it!

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A moderate amount of gore in this, some of it's intense. One chapter is based on British horror, and contains fairly intense scenes of self-mutilation. Towards the beginning, a character is shown to be punished, and his face is shown exploding in detail. Another chapter shows a decomposing woman whose insides have stretched to cover the walls of her house.

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

Coarse Language: Some moderate swear words are used.

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

Sexual Content: There are maybe 3 or 4 short panels of sexual intercourse. It's nothing too graphic, and in 2 of them, the sex is just implied, not even shown.

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andreareads
Jul 28, 2013

Violence: mutilation and murder

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Jun 18, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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noob123
Jun 18, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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jabey
Jun 16, 2008

Sexual Content: Sexually suggestive language and some drawings of women's chests.

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jabey
Jun 16, 2008

Violence: Some gruesome killings.

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

The story starts off with an occult magician and his group trying to capture Death so that they may live eternally. Instead however, they capture Death's little brother, Dream (aka Morpheus). After 70 years of imprisonment, Morpheus finally escapes, and must now find his tools so that he can fix his world of Dreams, which has been deteriorating since his disappearance and is affecting humanity.

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jabey
Jun 16, 2008

Morpheus is captured and eventually breaks out of captivity and tries to repair the Dreaming and recapture his power.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 11, 2017

"d is for lots of things" John Dee.

"I awake in darkness, too weak even to summon a LIGHT."

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Nakkid
Jun 24, 2014

"I am Hope." - Morpheus

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