In these two stories from the pulp-inspired spinoff of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, millionaire socialite Wesley Dodds, in his trenchcoat-garbed guise of the Sandman, tracks down two grisly serial murderers in 1930s Manhattan. Dr. Death is a self-styled mercy killer who dispatches past-their-prime public figures, and the Butcher is a possibly cannibalistic maniac who leaves parts of corpses throughout the city. Meanwhile, Wesley's relationship with Dian Belmont reaches a crucial juncture when she learns of his nocturnal crime fighting. Writers Wagner and Seagle provide a sophisticated, R-rated update of crude-but-potent thirties pulp fiction, and artist Guy Davis expertly evokes the pen-and-ink accoutrements of those slam-bang stories. Flagg, Gordon
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