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The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2 Hardcover – October 31, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Slp edition (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140121083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210830
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 9.1 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collecting issues 21–39, encompassing the Seasons of Mists story arc, a storytelling interlude, and the Game of You arc, the second boxed Sandman roundup is no less beautiful than the first. As if it were a 7-pound director’s cut, all the stops have been pulled to preduce a truly stunning book. Dream, Death, and the rest of the Endless have never looked as good, and more than 100 pages of extras encompass contributor notes, a Desire story that appeared previously only in a 1997 anthology, the script and pencils for issue 23, and a gallery of pinups chock-full of eye-wateringly beautiful art. --Tina Coleman

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"Easily the best comics series around." Time Out "A spellbinding series." The Sunday Times "A comic strip for intellectuals." - Norman Mailer" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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The over-sized art looks gorgeous, and the printing quality is superb.
A. Lynch
The pages are thick and colorful... filled with beautiful art and Gaimans amazing stories of his Endless characters.
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If you're a fan of Sandman, or Neil Gaiman, then these should become the prize of your collection.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Haloquin on November 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The second in a series of 4 hardcovers recollecting the stories of Sandman this faux-leather bound book comes beautifully packaged with gorgeous cover art by Dave Mckean and a sturdy slipcase.

The art is significantly larger, printed closer to the size it was originally drawn, and is recoloured to Gaiman's specifications. The new colouring makes a huge difference, the art, which appeared scrappy, muddy and unclear in some of the earlier printings, is much clearer and the colours positively glow.

There are numerous extras, a never-before-reprinted illustrated story, a collection of Sandman art (published as the Gallery of Dreams comic I think) and copies of the original script and pencils for an issue... plus a few other bits.

I would recommend this as a gift or for a collector, but really the first volume would be better. The Sandman stories do stand alone and don't necessitate a specific order of reading but its nice to have the first in a set first, you know.

The one problem I've found is apparently common with Absolute books... the glue from the slipcase covered one of the corners of the books sticking the pages together. I unstuck them but couldn't avoid tearing a few; the black top coating of the page peeling away. As they are heavy they also often get the corners of the slipcase slightly bashed.

Despite this I would recommend these over the trade paperback collections. While they are overall more expensive the Absolute books are far more enjoyable and much more beautiful... and the price on Amazon.com is half what you'd pay in a shop, even with shipping to the UK!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Few comics deserve such an extraordinary loving treatment as Gaiman's Sandman is receiving in these irresistible Absolute editions (this being volume 2 of what I believe is projected to be 4). Not only does it include wonderful extras ( a bonus story, bonus art, original scripts and pencils) but the volume itself is lovely. The faux leather case with its Mickean cover lends it a wonderful air, as a volume in Lucien's Library. The art, with its recoloration under Gaman's direction and oversized, likewise gives the reader a level of clarity never before enjoyed in the original.

One can go on and on about this volume, but I found it, in a word, irresistible. If you or someone you love is a fan of Sandman, this volume and/or the first in the Absolute Sandman series is a gift that will surely not disappoint, indeed it will surely be treasured for years to come.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Toni_C on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this product because I really loved the sandman stories and thought it would be worth it to buy the absolute version for the extra features. However, after reading it for abit, and I'm not the sort who abuses books.. the pages were becoming detached from the spine, which led me to conclude that the binding for this book is pretty awful.
Summary: get the book for the story and the beautiful colour but don't expect your book to stay together after you're done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Potato on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I just picked up the book and already its binding is falling apart. The glue used to seal / hold the binding together is simply not strong enough for a book this thick and heavy; opening the book to read is sufficient to cause the glue binding to split apart. Horrible quality for something that certainly isn't cheap! Unless you're a great fan of The Sandman with lots of cash, it's probably wiser to buy the paperbacks instead.333
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Guthrie on April 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the second collection of Sandman comics taking us up to issue #40 (of #75). There are a few single issue comics (all good), but for the most part this volume is comprised of two large story arcs. The first is Season of Mists, which I liked a lot and was 7 issues. It told a tale of Lucifer deciding to quit Hell and leave. He kicks everyone out and gives the key to Dream, who then is swamped by all the other gods/entities who now want the key to Hell. Here we also get to see all, except one, of the Endless for the first time, which was cool.

The second half of this volume was taken up by a story arc A Game of You, which were six issues in length. So this story dominated the second half of the volumes, as did Season of Mists with the first half of the volume. This arc actually is exactly what I would expect from The Sandman, it's about a girl's escape into her fantasy land she created as a little girl, which of course The Sandman created, because it was created out of dreams. So this was the first story that really was a believable scenario of Dream, if he existed. The only problem was it was created from childhood dolls on one hand, which were goofy, and on the other hand it was extremely violent. It was a weird mix that just didn't fit together that well. I think this was a story if read from text would have come out superb, but with the goofy graphics it just seemed weird, and didn't come off that well.

I still liked the second volume, even with the second half dragging a bit with A Game of You. And I'll say I liked the first volume in this series better. But this volume was still pretty darn interesting. Easily recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Lynch on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sandman was unquestionably the finest piece of work to come out of comics in the 1990's. Neil Gaiman managed to craft an entire universe within its pages, a comprehensive mythology so complete and flawless in its execution that, at times, I find it hard to believe what I'm reading was the work of one mind. It's a conglomeration of all the world's mythologies, and he uses this tremendous microcosm as the backdrop for some astonishing stories.

Volume 2 of Absolute Sandman is when the comic starts to go down the rabbit hole, so to speak. There are moments of pure darkness and terror, as well as humorous one shots, and curious side stories. But what ties it all together is Gaiman's peerless mastering of the art of story telling. He knows how to draw you in, and he knows how to hold you there. A massive tome like this shouldn't prove so absorbing that I could read it in three sittings. It's not a quick read by any means, but once I'm in, I don't want to leave.

And no review of an Absolute release would be complete without mentioning the luxurious packaging. Beautifully bound, the book alone would be an impressive looking addition to any library. That it comes with an attractive slip case simply adds to the already considerable appeal. Even if you already own all the Sandman trades, it's well worth the cost to buy these, if you can afford the price. The over-sized art looks gorgeous, and the printing quality is superb. The extras in the back, particularly the complete script of an issue, only serve to seal the deal.
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