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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) (Sandman New Editions) Paperback – October 19, 2010
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About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods, and Stardust, (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. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.
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.
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."
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Neil Gaiman is an author this is literature.
My only caveat is the Kindle edition. It is impossible to read some of the pages. I don't mean difficult, I mean impossible. Skip the Kindle edition and get a print edition.
There were some parts I thought were a little clunky. I wasn't expecting some recognizable DC Comics superheroes to appear. But these are small quibbles. I look forward to continuing this series.
The story is all over the place. In the first few issues it covers an entire lifetime, following the magical capture of Dream, Death's brother. As a result, the dream realm is disrupted and people all over the world are falling into comas or can just never get to sleep. Eventually Dream is released, and he returns to his realm to find that it has been completely overturned. Forced to start his kingdom anew, Dream goes on a journey that is filled with fantastic imagery that blew my mind.
The art is beautiful. The dream realm is fantastic and really draws you in. While the story got a little confusing and hard to follow at times, the art always brought my attention back. The Sandman has impressive visuals that make every page worth looking over for more than a minute.
While I'm not sure if I'll continue the series, what I saw was a really great start to what is deemed as a "classic" comic book series. I know I enjoyed what I read of it, and I'm sure my girlfriend enjoyed it as well. Definitely a unique experience that's hard to find anymore.