- Series: Sandman
- Hardcover: 1040 pages
- Publisher: Vertigo; 1st Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781401241889
- ISBN-13: 978-1401241889
- ASIN: 1401241883
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2.4 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
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The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1 Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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Praise for Neil Gaiman's The Sandman:
"The greatest epic in the history of comic books"—The Los Angeles Times Magazine
"One of the few comics that segued from the comics crowd, entering the intellectual and art worlds, winning over a large non-comics-reading audience..."—The Hollywood Reporter
"THE SANDMAN is a modern myth, as well as a precis on why the stories we tell matter so much."—Playboy
"The landmark comic-book series that actually made Death seem . . . cool."—Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) and the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.
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Whatever issues of glue-bonded spines the Absolute Editions carry, the Omnibus have it worse because the page count is so high and on glossy paper, which is heavier than traditional bond. The spine has a thin black sheet of paper to serve as the patch for the glue, and it pops and peels when the book is opened past the fits 100 pages. You can open the book without doing this, but you have to angle the covers at about 30 degrees to keep the tension off the spine. Glue is simply NOT suitable for a 1000+-page book of this weight and I don't know WHAT they were thinking by using it instead of Smythe sewing. If I'm spending $100 or so for it already, I don't mind the extra money for a sturdier brace. I imagine that the book will be falling apart in the next 20 years as the glue decays.
I regret my purchase and wish I would have spent the extra coin on the Absolute Editions. There are extras with those and the page count is lower, so the strain on the glue-bound spine is lesser. If you're going to have the same problem either way, you might as well go with the product with a more manageable means.
Many would consider DC's absolute editions to be the pinnacle of collected editions, for my part I've always found them a bit too cumbersome and more than a bit too pricey. This Sandman Omnibus is much more in line with Marvel Omnibuses (which is to say it's nearly identical), you get a sturdy hardcover filled with approximately 1000 pages of material for roughly the same price tag as a single absolute that holds half the material. The main difference between this and Marvel's omnibuses is that this addition does not come with a dust jacket, but instead the hardcover itself has been turned into a work of art. The binding is stripped in a way that resembles an old textbooks, the cover is stamped with silver and black in just the right amount of flourish, and even the ends of the pages are dipped black (in a manner all too clearly meant to imitate a bible). Presentation wise its the first graphic novel I've purchased since the Dark Tower Omnibus that looks like a genuine work of art without even breaking it open.
When you do get around to breaking it open you'll notice the book uses the recolored pages found in the absolute editions (or most recent paperbacks), this might be a drawback for some but having read both editions I found the recoloring to be a plus. The binding, which appears to be a combination of glued and sown, lays flat enough you don't lose chunks of the story even on two page spreads. The one addition I found to be something of an annoyance is the added issue number on the bottom left corner. This doesn't appear on all pages, it's done in a manner similar to adding a page number (just two or three times an issue) but its enough text to be distracting, at the very least they could have just put #1 instead of "The Sandman #1" each time.
There's really not much in terms of extras, enough pages in biographies to draw a little of your time but nothing else. That being said this is really, in my mind, the best edition of Sandman released so far. I wouldn't go so far as to turn your absolutes in and make a repurchase since there's really not much new here, but if you're interested in picking Sandman up for the first time or replacing your deteriorating first editions this omnibus offers tremendous value considering the price.
**Note as of this review Amazon is not displaying the correct title image for this book. Amazon shows an image of Morpheus on a white background, while the book itself is more of a cherry brown color with text reading Neil Gaiman the Sandman Omnibus Volume I instead of any prominent image.
I'm not even going to attempt to review the story, since that is so subjective, but, if you are someone who likes to curl up in bed with a book, this publication is a little too large and too heavy for that... We did compare our copy to a friend's publication that had the first ten comics, and this publication has crisper images and brighter colors, which make it both beautiful and easier to absorb.
(We reviewed Volume I at five stars and Volume 2 at three stars for the durability issues)