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Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days Deluxe Edition Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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Neil Gaiman is the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of AMERICAN GODS and CORALINE. His other books include the novels ANANSI BOYS, NEVERWHERE and STARDUST (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Awards as one of 2000's top ten adult novels for young adults) and the short fiction collections M IS FOR MAGIC, FRAGILE THINGS and SMOKE AND MIRRORS. With Roger Avary, he is the screenwriter of the motion picture BEOWULF (Paramount, November 2007), direct by Robert Zemeckis. His illustrated novel STARDUST was released as a major motion picture Summer 2007 starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. With Terry Pratchett, he is the author of the novel GOOD OMENS. He is also the author of the children's books THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS and THE DAY I TRADED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH. Among his many awards are the Eisner, Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker.
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-Three different Swamp Thing stories. Each one takes place after Alan Moore's run while Swamp Thing himself is otherwise engaged. Instead, Gaiman's stories focus on the minor characters. While none of these are bad, they are all ultimately fogettable, with nothing important happening.
-The Hellblazer story 'Hold Me'. Easily the best in the collection, featuring John Constantine investigating a haunting as only Gaiman can tell it. While the description for this book says it has never been collected before, it has now been collected in Hellblazer Vol 4: The Family man.
- A Sandman Mystery Theater story, featuring the original Wesley Dodds. I haven't read any of that Vertigo title yet, but I followed the story of Wesley playing the pulp hero, investigating the suicide of an old family friend. Morpheus even has a cameo! While the story was overall good, one major event didn't make a lot of sense and dragged it down.
- Cain, Gaiman's introduction for a House of Mystery collection. While funny and enjoyable, since they didn't include the HoM stories it was meant to introduce, it wasn't particularly meaningful.
Overall, I thought these stories were Ok, but they aren't worth paying more than $8.00 for.
Oddly enough, my favorite story in the book was the story that was the LEAST Gaiman-esque.
Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner worked on a story called Sandman Midnight Theatre, a sort of prequel to Neil Gaiman's own Sandman # 1 story (the story where Dream returned to Earth from a magical prison).
The story is set in the 1930's during dream's imprisonment and it features the "original" comic book Sandman character Wesley Dodds created by Bert Christman with later story help from Gardner Fox. In Matt Wagner's version of the character, Wesley Dodds is tormented by his dreams to pursue and bring to justice everyday murderers and worse evil-doers, still. The story also features Teddy Kristiansen dong the painted artwork in a style that reminded me of Edvard Munch. Some of the classic noir motifs of American fiction and serial radio dramas are contrasted with British pulp works and (perhaps) a touch of Agatha Christie.
I found it intriguing, nostalgic, and an interesting "back door" on events that preceded Gaiman's own Sandman series.
The Sandman encounters a strange figure suspended in glass, solves a mystery, and saves the day. "There is no land beyond the law"... or beyond the power of Dream.
In one way, this is sort of a prequel-prequel set on Earth to go with the more recent Gaiman prequel Sandman: Overture
One of the best comic books published of the year. Very clear and colorfull on the kindle fire.
And hardcover also a great addition to any collection.