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The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House Paperback – October 19, 2010
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Mike Dringenberg was born in Laon, France, and currently resides in Bountiful, Utah. His early comics work appeared in Eclipse's Enchanter, Alien Worlds, Total Eclipse, and Vortex's Kelvin Mace. When not drawing or painting, Mike swears he can be found "wandering through the desert kicking coyotes" and "watching the sun rise in the west."
Malcolm Jones III attended the High School of Art and Design and the Pratt Institute in New York City before making his comics debut in the pages of DC Comics' Young All-Stars. In addition to his celebrated work on The Sandman, he contributed his artistic talents to many other titles for both DC and Marvel Comics.
- ASIN : 1401227996
- Publisher : Vertigo; Reprint edition (October 19, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781401227999
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401227999
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #451,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When dealing with something like dreams.. well, there's a lot you can do with it. A lot of places you can go. Gaiman is essentially only limited to his imagination, and it is clear enough now that he is in no short supply of that. I especially enjoyed the issue about the "deathless man". It reminded me of old fairy tales, similar to those that can be found in something like Howard Pyle's, Twilight Land. And as much as I enjoyed that issue, I was equally disturbed by the "cereal convention". Very disturbed, in fact. As much as these books are Fantasy, they contain horror elements as well; something I was fond of in the Dark Tower.
Overall, I really liked it. I am curious to see if the plot line in this volume will affect the story moving forward, or if each will be relatively self contained. Only one way to find out!
With regards to Volume 2, it is one of my personal favorites. The storyline concerns Morpheus discovering that while he was imprisoned a few of his creations - dream and nightmares - have escaped to the human plane. He must embark on a quest to retrieve them. At the same time a young woman, Rose Walker, threatens to unknowingly destroy the dream realm and Morpheus must make a decision with regards to her life in order to keep his kingdom intact.
As far as the volume's content on the Kindle Fire - I was hesitant to abandon the volumes in print worried that the Kindle Fire might provide a more difficult viewing experience. That hasn't turned out the be the case. The novel is easy to read, you can scan in to specific boxes, and the colors are vibrant.
But the formatting for kindle is awful. At least using the kindle for ipad app as of December 2016. I read it on portrait mode, and most pages are ok, but there are some two page spreads that would require a microscope to read. Rotate to landscape: it gets smaller! Double click to zoom panel: most of the time it doesn't work, and when it works you get the panels in some weird order. Pinch to zoom: disabled!
Here's a tip: if you want a better experience, get the comixology app. You can buy the book on amazon and read it in comixology, you just have to login to the comixology app using your amazon account. If you already have a comixology account, you can merge it with your amazon account. In the comixology app you can use landscape mode for two page spreads, and pinch to zoom works as expected.
As a comic book fan I know most people probably imagine the world of comics as being about super heroes or Sunday Funnies. But, the comic medium is worthy of so much more.
Sandman is that "much more". The story is excellent, and is wonderfully executed. You're going to want to get all of these at once, because they can't be put down.
If you're already a comic book fan, you've likely heard of Sandman. So what are you waiting for? Read this already!
If you aren't already a comic book fan, maybe it's time to give it a chance. If any story is going to change your mind about the possibilities of this art form, this is the one.
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In this volume, we continue Dream's journey as he works to make up for his long absence. In doing so, we also get an eye-opening glimpse into his backstory, allowing us a further and deeper understanding of this character as Neil Gaiman presents us with a younger version of Dream...in love. We are introduced to Nada, a beautiful young woman who fell in love with the King of the Dreamworld, not realizing the sacrifices she'll need to make to be with him until it's too late. Nada plays a significant role in Dream's storyline and in shaping him, and we discover that he can be possessive and hurtful when he doesn't get his way. We are also introduced more thoroughly to Dream's older sister, Death, as she goes about her day doing her job and sending people to the afterlife.
The highlight of this volume, however, is the story of Rose - a human dream vortex, who happens to be the granddaughter of Unity Kincaid (a character we met in the first volume, who was asleep for most of her life during Dream's captivity), and who is on a mission to find her little brother.
Intertwined are all these different stories introducing different characters, each seemingly unrelated to one another, each seemingly, random and curiously strange and nonsensical, and although you are enjoying each and every one of these stories in isolation, you are confused as to what it has to do with the Sandman, and how it is all related.
But in the end, Gaiman brilliantly brings together all the subplots making you unable to react in any other way except to say "ahhh...I get it now", as he sets the stage for what's to come in this bizarre and dark journey of his.