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- Publisher: Vertigo; Anniversary edition (October 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 30, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07J568M42
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“Dark, iconoclastic and wildly successful.” —The San Francisco Examiner --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Sam Kieth was born in 1963 and started his professional career when he was seventeen. Later on he sold some work to DC Comics and Marvel, where he illustrated Wolverine. In 1987 Kieth drew the first five issues of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and went on to create his own comic series called The Maxx, which was published by Image comics from 1993 until 1998. The success of the series spawned an award-winning cartoon on MTV, trading cards, a toy, and even some statues. This work is currently in print as graphic novels from DC's WildStorm imprint. Keith's recent work includes Wolverine/Hulk for Marvel Comics and Batman: Secrets and Scratch for DC Comics. He has also created several other creator-owned properties that have been published by WildStorm including Epicurus The Sage and Zero Girl. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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"winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) as well as 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. "
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A group of occultists are attempting to summon and trap Death... but instead, they capture Dream and lock him in a glass orb. Decades pass, and countless people are locked in slumber -- unable to dream, unable to wake for long. One day, Dream escapes his prison and reenters the world, but loses the last of his power with his final act of revenge.
His Dreamworld palace has fallen into ruin, and his magical items have been scattered. To regain his power, he must get back his helm, his pouch of sand, and his dreamstone. His journey to regain them will take him across worlds -- to John Constantine and a woman destroyed by dreams, to the depths of Hell at a demonic club, and a ghastly madman who drives various people to depravity and death.
The world of "The Sandman" is a strange one -- it lightly interlocks with other graphic novel series, effortlessly slips from one world to another, and exposes both the beauty and ugliness of our own world. "Preludes and Nocturnes" is an excellent introduction to Neil Gaiman's strange, expansive world -- as well as his hollow-eyed anti-hero.
At its core, the story is rather simple, since it's basically a quest for Dream's three magical "tools." But Gaiman paints it with foreshadowing, nightmarish grotesqueries (flesh melting off bones, John Dee's drooling lipless face), and some zanily macabre humor (the Hellfire Club... in hell!). And as the dust settles, Gaiman caps his story off with a quieter interlude in which Dream encounters his sister Death.
And the artwork is sublime -- realistic in style, but often bizarre and a little frightening in theme. And despite the core colors being shadowy greys, whites and blacks, there are splashes of bright colors everywhere. Green fields, blue hallways, psychedelic skies, hallucinations filled with sickly pallid hues.
And Gaiman created one of his most iconic, complex characters in Dream -- his inhumanness is underlined by acts of great cruelty and kindness, and his sad, grim demeanor is more than a little touching. The author also spun up a very nonstereotypical version of Death. No robes, scythes or skeletal faces here. In fact, forget about anything sinister -- this version of Death is a delightfully quirky, perky goth chick.
"Preludes and Nocturnes" is a harrowing and hypnotic look into the world of dreams -- what happens when the Sandman is imprisoned, and what must be done after. Sublime.
I avoided the Sandman comics for a long time because...? I was curious, but maybe I was afraid to take the leap. But I'm on a Neil Gaiman kick right now, so I decided to take the plunge and bought the 30th anniversary edition from amongst many options. I wanted to see what the fuss was about, why it's considered to be such a classic. Now I know.
I had no idea what this was going to be when I started reading. It begins with a cult. The leader is trying to trap Death so he can achieve immortality. (No death equals eternal life!) But he catches Death's little brother instead. And while the Lord of Dreams, the Sandman, Morpheus is in captivity, three precious artifacts are stolen: his dream dust, his mask, and a ruby containing parts of himself. Volume 1 of the trade paperback series shows what happens to us all without the Sandman, and follows Morpheus along on his journey to reclaim his possessions.
At times the story was horrifying, and sometimes it was really trippy. Morpheus is on earth, he visits hell, and he takes us to his dream realm. I enjoyed the eclectic story and characters, though Morpheus himself was by far my favorite. The art was a feast for the eyes. I can't wait to see where else the series takes me.
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Gaiman is a master of words and imagination.
I'm a long time fan of his novels and short stories, the reason I came to sandman so late?
I just couldn't stop reading his books.
Gaiman's poetic storyline works well within the canted frames and vivid colours. Even the simple (in retrospect) decisions such as the coalescing of Dream as the issues progress and his power returns and the black speech bubbles are groundbreaking.
Soo looking forward to reading it too🙁
Mai acquisto al buio fu più azzeccato, credo che The Sandman sia uno dei più bei fumetti che abbia mai letto.
The Sandman racconta la storia di Dream, personaggio appartenente agli 'endless', una sorta di semidei esistenti sin dall'alba dei tempi.
The Sandman può essere inquadrato nel genere dark fantasy ma è ambientato in uno scenario contemporaneo dove alla realtà umana si affiancano le storie di Dream che governa il regno dei sogni.
Dream ha una sorella 'Death' che tra l'altro viene introdotta nel numero 8 "The sounds of Her Wings" presente in questa raccolta.
La sceneggiatura, i disegni, i dialoghi sono a dir poco incredibili ed al termine di ogni storia la voglia di leggere la prossima è irrefrenabile.
Il volume in questione, intitolato "Preludes and Nocturnes" è una collection di 8 numeri (#1-8) i primi 8 della saga di The Sandman.
I titoli dei fumetti, o detto all'inglese the issues collected, sono i seguenti:
Sleep of the Just
Dream a Little Dream of Me
A Hope in Hell
Sound and Fury
The Sound of Her Wings
Per chi ancora non fosse entrato a contatto con l'universo di The Sandman non posso che consigliare l'acquisto di questo volume immediatamente.
Spero che questa recensione sia stata utile :)