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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Illustrated, October 30, 2018
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“Dark, iconoclastic and wildly successful.” —The San Francisco Examiner
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.
- Publisher : Vertigo; Illustrated edition (October 30, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401284779
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401284770
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.64 x 0.39 x 10.17 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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So, what made this a 5 for me? Immediately it should be stated that the audiodrama was very loyal to this in every respect. From the way it was written and dialogue used, the audiodrama may as well have been performed by reading this word for word, so again, what made this different.
To begin, the visual component was the first plus. Despite its age, the art is still brilliant. Upon reading The Dark Knight Returns (widely regarded as one of the best graphic novels of all time) I had to admit that the art did dissappoint me. This by contrast is drawn beautifully, again giving what can only be described (in my opinion) as the best rendition of hell in any medium. The way the panels areally organised and characters are given life is really breathtaking. Funnily enough, my only gripe with the entire graphic novel comes from this department, as I didn't like the way Dr Destiny looked. However the rest more than made up for it. It shows the horror elements of this series brilliantly. I can't fault it enough.
Now, we go onto storytelling. Neil Gaiman is a master of the art. Not much needs to be said. The way in which he blends a new mythology with old mythologies and fairy tales is brilliant, while the series truly wrestles with the deepest parts of ourselves which we often hold so dear, the dreams that pervade our souls for better or worse (and so often, the desires we would nevery dare admit to others). It is within the realm of dreams that Neil masterfully weaves this tale, using it as a vehicle to peer into our strange yet wonderful nature. I don't want to say anymore for spoilers, as you can already guess that I recommend this wholeheartedly. I should also give credit where credit was due. While listening to the audiodrama I was worried that this modern ages pandering to social justice movements had pervaded this work. However, all of what could be perceived as pandering in this respect was genuine and in from the start, written long before comics have descended into what they are now. It is for this reason Neil has my full respect. He included groups that absolutely should have been represented at the time, but doing it from an obviously genuine place, not unlike today's publications and modern comic book writers who use it to push political agendas or essentially tick boxes. I fully respect Neil all the more for doing this.
Otherwise, do I really need to sell this more to you if you've made it this far? Do yourself a favour, give it a try. You have nothing to lose except for £10 or so. Rest assured, your money will be well spent.
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.
As this work clearly states, this is early stuff for Gaiman and team. It shows, but frankly early Gaiman kicks the stuffing out of most other authors stuff so ..
The Art work here is beautiful and quite varied, the content very mature and never shrinks, which I love.
The implementation of a digital format that helps you read it is a nice touch too.
Extra 30th Anniversary intro’s and such are a nice touch too. I look forward to the rest
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.