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“Expansive and atmospheric, jammed with brainy, contemplative moments and dry humor…. Gaiman’s vivid, wild imagination is grounded in Williams’ and Stewart’s beautiful, captivating artwork…. Sandman fans will surely be elated not only by the return to the story but also by the stunning, gorgeous artwork, which outshines the original.”­­­—Booklist (starred review)

"Dream is a long way from his realm, but for me reading this comic feels exactly like coming home."—The Guardian

"From the first page to the last, The Sandman: Overture #1 is an eruption of hallucinogenic artwork and unreal storytelling."—VICE MAGAZINE / MOTHERBOARD

"Sandman: Overture may go down as one of the best-drawn chapters in Sandman's already legendary run."—Newsarama

"Entering a Neil Gaiman story world is like stepping into a dream, where reality unravels and gives way to an eye-popping blend of the mythical, the fantastic, and the plain old strange. His magnum opus, of course, is a story about dreams--and despite breaking every rule in the book, it's one of the greatest graphic novels ever published."—TOR

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Creator of THE SANDMAN and one of comics' most accomplished writers, Neil Gaiman is also the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Anansi Boys, American Gods, Stardust and Coraline, as well as the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors and the multimedia creation Neverwhere. He also co-wrote the Jim Henson Productions film MirrorMask with longtime collaborator Dave McKean, illustrator of the Gaiman-written graphic novels MR. PUNCH, Violent Cases and BLACK ORCHID. Among his many awards are the Hugo, the Nebula, the Eisner, the Harvey, the Bram Stoker and the World Fantasy Award. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
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  • Series: The Sandman
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Deluxe ed. edition (November 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401248969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401248963
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Scott Knight on November 10, 2015
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Neil Gaiman's Sandman has been one of my favorite stories for a long time (and Neil Gaiman one of my favorite writers), so I was excited to hear he was going to tell another tale about Dream, the Endless, and the rest of the crew. Sandman Overture is supposed to function as a sort of prequel or origin for Dream (the Sandman of the title). However, its more than that; its another piece in the long story, and not the typical origin.

In the book, Dream is made aware of the fact that an aspect of him has died. He also finds out that the end of everything is near. Overture follows his quest to avert that catastrophe, which was going to occur due to a mistake he made in his past. Along the way, the reader meets up with some old favorite characters, including many of the Dream's siblings, the Endless. We also meet his parents. Woven throughout Overture are threads connecting it to the greater story told in the original Sandman series, leading right up to the event that starts that series. In fact, a reread of the series might be a good idea to see just how the events of Overture link up with the original series.

I don't rightly know how to judge any Sandman story; they are the highest example of what comic books can be. The art, by J.H. Williams, is beautiful and atmospheric. Gaiman tells another wonderful story, which, like the previous Sandman books, seems to be about so much more than what it appears to be. One of the things I enjoy so much about these books is being to think about them after finishing, discovering the depth they contain.

In addition to the story, the deluxe edition of Sandman Overture also contains many nice extra features.
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So it's been YEARS since I've last read Sandman, but it's still one of my favorite comics of all time, and I was a little worried that this would be --well, sort of like Endless Nights, which was a good read, but not anything that I felt compelled to reread. But this surprisingly lived up to my expectations. First of all, the art is gorgeous. In particular, the coloring is absolutely stunning. The story has a ton of little nuggets and nods to the original series, plus a delightful twist that I genuinely did not see coming. And while it's a prelude, it's also continues after the end of The Wake. I know that doesn't make sense but it works, ok? Plus Daniel makes an appearance, and I love Daniel. I read this in one sitting this afternoon and already want to re-read it just to better absorb it all. I'm thinking that what I will end up doing is re reading all of Sandman, and then this again. Lovely book.

Also, for this I suggest if you are on the fence about getting the physical version vs a digital copy, get the physical version. There are double spread pages in the physical copy, which has a very cool effect when opening. Plus, there's one page where the words fall like a circle, and end up upside down. Holding the physical copy, I was easily able to turn it upside down, but I think that would be harder to do with a tablet or mobile device that reorients itself.
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This volume marks the long-awaited return of Neil Gaiman to his beloved Sandman series.

I was quite excited to see that Gaiman had put this out as I loved his Sandman series. This was simply was one of the best, strangest, most *innovative* comic book series I ever read. I've also become a fan of most of Gaiman's books so seeing this was out was a natural.

I must say I *liked* it, though not as much as I'd hoped. The story tells the tale of a mistake Sandman made long ago in not killing a star (this is normal for these books, go with it) that (because he didn't kill it) goes mad and begins the end of the universe (that kind of thing happens in these books, if you haven't read them before). Over the course of the book he discovers what he did wrong and then proceeds to see if he can fix it.....along the way he falls into a black hole, meets both his parents, and we more or less meet nearly all of the other Endless.

I was surprised I didn't like the book more -- honestly I think the problem is the way the artwork and story flow. They felt a bit disjointed at times, and there are a couple of chapters that felt "included" to make the book bigger rather that substantive parts of the story arc. It DID wrap up -- kinda -- though I felt the ending was sloppier than those I remember from the Sandman comic series. The artwork however is superb and there are several "trick" pages in the book that fold out and such to give the artist a bigger canvas. It WAS a good book, but not quite as good as I'd THOUGHT it would be.

Recommended for fans of the original, though it's not quite in the same 'vein' -- you could be disappointed. If you haven't read Sandman at all this is NOT the book I'd start with -- too much is assumed you already know.
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The artwork in Overture really grabbed me. The dreamlike feel of the story sequences was magical. This is not (in my humble opinion) the best of the Sandman comics, but it is an important addition. I really liked how Gaiman brought everything full circle. The "Noah's Ark" of beings that must forge a new universe is touching too.

I think I longed for a tale or two along the way, hapless mortals caught up in the struggle. We get one such figure in Hope, but she wasn't as clearly defined as I would have liked. This is the story of the Endless and of Dream's capture and its portent and it does not deviate from its central goal of revelation.

I like that existence and the Endless who rule it are defined as the product of the union between Time and Night. Dream's dad seems genuinely cool. His mom sort of scares me though.
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