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The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House Paperback – October 19, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
The Doll's House is probably the most disturbing Sandman, along with P&N, but it's also one of the most beautiful, one of the best. It features the first appearance of Dream's sister/brother Desire, and the story of Dream and Nada, and this guy called the Corinthian who's going to a Cereal Convention. There's something kinda weird about his eyes. You'll see... <g>
So I expected some of the pop-out choices to be difficult. I was ready to tolerate some unusual choices. And for the most part, they handled it well. They did a nice job with challenging panels like wide or tall panels with dialog balloons in many places. They even did an OK job with some of the rotated panels.
But in a few places, they just plain got it wrong. In some places they got the dialog order wrong, so an response pops out before the statement that prompted it. And in a few cases, they missed a dialog balloon entirely; and the only way I could read it was to switch to page mode.
So I knocked off a star for the imperfections. I hope DC takes the time to fix these after the mad rush of releasing 100 Kindle Fire Comics at once.
The Doll's House, Sandman's second volume, presents Neil Gaiman's first attempt at a large-scale story arc (The series' first eight issues, collected in Preludes and Nocturnes, were interconnected but were, for the most part, individual episodes). Like most Sandman story arcs, The Doll's House is quite multifaceted. Later, Gaiman would master the art of unfolding intricate story arcs with masterful precision, but on The Doll's House, he has yet to reach his peak. Thus, this is not a great story arc but a cumbersome one that has occasional moments of greatness.
It is difficult to recap the plot of The Doll's House, as it is a messy one that slowly unveils itself as the story moves along. The least one must know before delving into any Sandman volume is that the series focuses on the "realm of dreams," and its ruler, Morpheus, a God-like being with the attitude of a morose 20-something. The Doll's House finds the dream king tracking down several inhabitants of his dominion who fled during the decades he was imprisoned by a sorcerer (see Preludes and Nocturnes) and also dealing with a "dream vortex" that has manifested itself in a punk-ish young woman named Rose Walker. Rose is searching for her lost brother, Jed, who is locked in the cellar of his abusive aunt and uncle.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is Erie compared to vol 1. I would have enjoyed it more if it featured more of the sandman character. He was only a supporting character in this volume. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dylan Thompson
I just like "sandman" and really happy to receive this itemPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is most folks' favorite volume. It's where Neil Gaiman weaves the essential structure for the mythology that he will continually expand upon as the volumes progress. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This graphic novel collection is so much more than I imagined. I couldn't put it down. Morpheus is really fleshing into a complex deity.Published 4 months ago by M. Vonfange
The story and illustrations are great. I was a little disappointed in the production quality of this printing though. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joseph Palladino
From the art work to the characters and storyline - Neil Gaiman, and all the other collaborators, have done it again! I finished Volume 1 and immediately ordered Volumes 2 & 3! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jennifer
Hadn't read any of these since the mid 90's. Forgot how good they are.Published 5 months ago by Eric