If you were to review a list of names of fans of horror, goth, and the macabre, my name would not be on that list. So when someone recommended I read a "mature" comic about a master of dreams character named Sandman who inhabits people's waking and sleeping dreams about their delusions, addictions, and strongest fears - I was skeptical. But I believe in exploring doubts and facing fears, so I picked up the first anthology in this series titled "Preludes & Nocturnes."
Interestingly: These stories were dedicated to the creators' best friends, wives, friends, lovers, and "to everyone in jail" (probably both literally and figuratively). I mention the dedicatees because they speak to the creators' good intents. In doing the careful, laborious, and detailed work to design and create these horrorific stories, I think they intended to manifest palpable fears and horrors, likely for the good purposes of positively enabling people facing similar horrors and fears.
I recommend the whole first volume, but this is a review of my favorite issue #4, "A Hope In Hell."
The story is about The Sandman's choice to descend into Hell to recover one of his artifacts, a tool he made to help him interpret dreams (imagine Joseph looking for his amazing technicolor dreamcoat while on narcotics that shouldn't be taken together). To find what he is looking for, he must face ALL of the demons in Hell. He does not have the luxury of ignoring the ones he would rather not engage.
The Sandman begins this story by saying "Tonight I feel alone," an interesting statement for a being as knowledgeable as him. It is interesting that loneliness does not escape even the most learned, experienced, powerful, and sociable of characters.Read more ›
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