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Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake (New Edition) (Sandman (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – November 13, 2012
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The convention of Morpheus' old lovers is nice. Good Queen Titania refuses to disclose any specifics about their rumored relationship, Larissa/Thessaly comes to tears speaking about Morpheus (wasn't she directly responsible for him getting killed in the first place, though?), and Calliope's speech about her gratefulness to Dream for the mercy-killing of their son, was strangely beautiful. Meager words, however, cannot possibly describe the eulogies of Morpheus' family and friends, nor the mystical funeral barge that Dream's final voyage is taken on. It IS the stuff dreams are made of.
But, celebrity guest stars aside, this is the story of the late Dream King's best friend and right-hand bird, Matthew, coming to grips with his boss' death, the option of ending his own life, and the new Dream on the throne. Dream/Daniel Hall has a busy time too. Fear over meeting the rest of his family, The Endless, over dinner, and his quiet moments with the palace guards, show that, despite however much of Morpheus there may be in him, this time, Dream is more human than ever. But, as Destruction's visit proves, Morpheus is still very much a part of Daniel.Read more ›
Sandman features a family of Greek God-like entities called The Endless, each of which have some sort of responsibility in regulating the conscious experience of mortals. In The Wake, the remaining members of the clan, Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair and Delirium hold a wake and funeral for Dream (Sandman's protagonist more often than not), who died in The Kindly Ones. Almost every character that played a part in the series attends. Meanwhile, Daniel, the child who inherited the mantle of the Dream King, prepares to meet his new family. There is a certain grace, warmth and thoroughness with which Gaiman addresses death, mourning and the welcoming of a new family member that makes this tale sure to cause readers to reflect on his or her own experiences with the aforesaid. Michael Zulli is the most grand and majestic illustrator to ever grace the pages of Sandman and his style certainly works for the story. Truly, the memorial services for Dream make-up one of the best pieces of the Sandman saga.
That story only lasts for first three issues, though. The remaining three of this volume are single-issue stories.Read more ›
To really understand and appreciate this book, the reader would be have to have read at least "The Kindly Ones". As for me, I really liked this book and would have given it a 10 if I didn't have to wake up from this fantastic dream Gaiman has taken me, and countless others to.
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The final proper installment of the Sandman series is really an epilogue. In many ways, though, it is my favorite. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Garrett Zecker
Read yourself some Sandman. You won't regret it. You may not understand it, it may make you feel weird, and you might question it, but I doubt you'll regret it.Published 2 months ago by Grant Webber
The Wake is an incredible swansong to the core run of The Sandman. Many questions left unanswered are addressed, such as the other play Shakespeare was commissioned for, who of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Naomi F
Given that the story basically ended in the previous volume, there is a certain anti-climatic feel to this -- Gaiman is wrapping up loose ends, providing closure for (some)... Read morePublished 6 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
Love the series. I wrote a longer explanation for Sandman Vol.9. Look it up if you're interested.Published 9 months ago by Yes, I actually bought it.