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The Sandman Vol. 8: World's End Paperback – February 28, 2012
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When Brant and Charlene wreck their car in a horrible snowstorm in the middle of nowhere, the only place they can find shelter is a mysterious little inn called World's End. Here they wait out the storm and listen to stories from the many travelers also stuck at this tavern. These tales exemplify Neil Gaiman's gift for storytelling--and his love for the very telling of them. This volume has almost nothing to do with the larger story of the Sandman, except for a brief foreshadowing nod. It's a nice companion to the best Sandman short story collection, Dream Country, (and it's much better than the hodgepodge Fables and Reflections). World's End works best as a collection--it's a story about a story about stories--all wrapped up in a structure that's clever without being cute, and which features an ending nothing short of spectacular. --Jim Pascoe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The greatest epic in the history of comic books." — The Los Angeles Times Magazine
"Neil Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium." — Stephen King
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Also, for this I suggest if you are on the fence about getting the physical version vs a digital copy, get the physical version. There are double spread pages in the physical copy, which has a very cool effect when opening. Plus, there's one page where the words fall like a circle, and end up upside down. Holding the physical copy, I was easily able to turn it upside down, but I think that would be harder to do with a tablet or mobile device that reorients itself.
Over the course of the last two, or even three decades, I can think of only two comic book series that people would comment on or reflect upon. One of those was <em>Watchmen</em>, the other, <em>Sandman</em>. In many ways, I believe <em>Sandman</em> helped propel creator/author Neil Gaiman to some prominence (though his talent is such that if it weren't for Sandman, he still would have gone on to fame [and hopefully fortune]).
<em>Sandman: Overture</em>, is in part a prelude to the entire series, but it is more than just a book to fill in some blanks or to answer some questions that arose during the comics publication. It is a prelude, an ending, and eternity. Which is a massive scope, of course. But the story is also very personal and tight, with Morpheus (one of the seven "Endless"), Dream (as cat), and a young girl waxing reflective.
It is not easy to tell a story that is epic and eternal but also small and intimate, but Neil Gaiman is one of the few writers alive who can tell a story this way and do it so well. Gaiman weaves a story that is complex and beautiful. It takes some attention to read this - this is not a straightforward superhero story. This is the land of dreams and nightmares and as such, it is as fantastical as our own dreams.
As a straightforward, written story, this would be fascinating. But this is much more than that.
JH Williams III contributes to this story immensely with art that is tremendously fantastical and fantastic. This book is a real treasure for the eyes and is as complex to see as Gaiman's writing is to read. You must be prepared to swivel and turn this book in order to fully appreciate the eye-gasm here.
And contributing to this visual are both the lettering and the coloring (Todd Klein and Dave Stewart, respectively) which are also wildly complex. This edition includes a series of interviews with the creative artists as they explain their processes. Klein's work, not only here but throughout the <em>Sandman</em> series, has been full of invention and innovation. I may be as impressed with the fact that he created over 50 different character and caption styles for the books as with the story itself.
Stewart's work is no less impressive. One need only look at the cover, as pictured above, to see the amount of detail and work that has gone into the artwork, including the coloring of this. And while too often in comics the cover is truly representative of the art inside, in this case it is very much in line with what we see. You<em> can</em> judge this book by its cover.
Whether you're new to this series, or a long-time fan, there is much to love here. If you're new, this will make you want to go on and binge read the whole series. If you're already a fan, this is a glorious gift from Gaiman and company.
Looking for a good book? <em>The Sandman: Overture</em> is a graphic novel unlike any other, with story and art that are sublime.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley and Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
I think I longed for a tale or two along the way, hapless mortals caught up in the struggle. We get one such figure in Hope, but she wasn't as clearly defined as I would have liked. This is the story of the Endless and of Dream's capture and its portent and it does not deviate from its central goal of revelation.
I like that existence and the Endless who rule it are defined as the product of the union between Time and Night. Dream's dad seems genuinely cool. His mom sort of scares me though.
I was quite excited to see that Gaiman had put this out as I loved his Sandman series. This was simply was one of the best, strangest, most *innovative* comic book series I ever read. I've also become a fan of most of Gaiman's books so seeing this was out was a natural.
I must say I *liked* it, though not as much as I'd hoped. The story tells the tale of a mistake Sandman made long ago in not killing a star (this is normal for these books, go with it) that (because he didn't kill it) goes mad and begins the end of the universe (that kind of thing happens in these books, if you haven't read them before). Over the course of the book he discovers what he did wrong and then proceeds to see if he can fix it.....along the way he falls into a black hole, meets both his parents, and we more or less meet nearly all of the other Endless.
I was surprised I didn't like the book more -- honestly I think the problem is the way the artwork and story flow. They felt a bit disjointed at times, and there are a couple of chapters that felt "included" to make the book bigger rather that substantive parts of the story arc. It DID wrap up -- kinda -- though I felt the ending was sloppier than those I remember from the Sandman comic series. The artwork however is superb and there are several "trick" pages in the book that fold out and such to give the artist a bigger canvas. It WAS a good book, but not quite as good as I'd THOUGHT it would be.
Recommended for fans of the original, though it's not quite in the same 'vein' -- you could be disappointed. If you haven't read Sandman at all this is NOT the book I'd start with -- too much is assumed you already know.
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Strangers stranded at an inn during a storm, but in this volume the strangers are all from different years and different realms.Read more