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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes (New Edition) Paperback – October 19, 2010
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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Way back then, I researched it and found out about Sandman. But this was before the Internet, and before I had my own money to spend.
Fast forward about *mumble* years. I've read several of Gaiman's novels. I've long since stopped devouring every Tori Amos album as soon as it comes out. (Or at all, to be honest.) And I'm browsing Amazon and come across The Sandman series. So I buy the first volume. Along with one of my favorite early Tori albums, just to really get back to my roots.
I read Volume 1 in one sitting. I've never been much of a fan of comics. I read The Watchmen and, at my husband's urging, one of the Batman ones. The Dark Knight something or other. I like comic book characters, I love the Marvel movies, but reading graphic novels is difficult for me. I never know which panel to go to next, and I feel like I miss things.
I'm not an idiot, I swear. There's just something about the way they're put together that makes it hard for my brain to digest.
The Sandman was not too difficult to grasp, though. For the most part the action was clear, and of course Neil's stories were beautiful. I loved Dream, I adored Death, the art was phenomenal, and I couldn't stop turning the pages. I absolutely cannot wait to read the rest of the series. I am forcing myself to wait a few days before I order Vol. 2, because I don't want to spend $100 in one month on comic books. I mean, I DO want to, but I probably shouldn't.
So it's nice to finally start collecting all the graphic novel volumes so that I can finally read the whole story from beginning to end. I must confess that I am a Sandman fanboy so I am unlikely to give any Sandman book anything less than four stars.
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.