File Name: Preludes & Nocturnes
Author : Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author) , Sam Kieth (Illustrator) , Mike Dringenberg (Illustrator) , Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator) , Todd Klein (Letterer) , Karen Berger (Introduction/Editor)
ISBN : 9781563892271
Format : Hardcover 233 pages
Genre : Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Graphic Novels Comics,
Rating: it was amazing
First off, let's be clear, I'm a big soppy fan of Gaiman's Work.
Secondly, I've read the Sandman series several times before. So this is more a record of my fond re-reading and musing about this story rather than some sort of objective review.
But if you've read any of my other reviews, that won't come as a surprise.
I think it's been a full ten years since the last time I've read this series. And, given that my memory is, well... to put it plainly quite shit, I get to experience the series with a fairly fresh set of eyes at this point.
The first thing that I notice is that the art is different that I remember. I remember it being darker and grittier. More real AND more surreal at the same time.
But that, I'm expecting, is the lens of corrective memory at play. In reality, the art seems more (for lack of a better word) cartoony. The colors are bolder, more garish than I remember.
Note: I had the same experience recently when I re-read Watchmen. So I'm suspecting this is an issue with me, rather than the comic. Or perhaps I'm remembering the later parts of the comic more vividly.
The other thing I'm surprised to see is that both John Constantine and a few members of the DC cannon show up in this first book. Mostly just brief walk-ons, but Martian Manhunter is there, and we see Arkham asylum and the Scarecrow.
These things don't detract from the story. I can say that for a fact, because on my earlier reads when I hadn't read many comics, so I didn't know who many of those characters were. But I have to say, reading through this time they kinda surprised me.
You see, I think of the Sandman series as being... well... kinda self-contained. That's not the right way of putting it really, as the story is hugely vast. It's sprawling and lovely and mythically rich.
I guess what I'm saying here is that while it seems perfectly natural that Sandman exists in the same world as Odin and Puck and Eurydice, having Batman in that cosmology, even by association, feels really odd to me. And the more I think of it, it's strangely off-putting.
That said, I'm fairly certain these DC cameos were early things, and weren't repeated extensively throughout the rest of the series.
As for this first book, it makes for both a great story in itself, and a great start to the larger series. That's not a common thing.
Is it worth your time?
I don't care if you don't read comics, you should read this series.
And if you *do* read comics, you cannot consider yourself well-read until you have Sandman under your belt. Seriously.
Rating: really liked it
I thought it was time I added The Sandman. It fits precisely into my systematic program of reading. “Hold on!” I can hear all you folks out there saying. “ Your 'systematic program of reading'? Why you're one of the most eclectic readers I know!”
I can understand why you might feel that way, but there is a little method to my madness. Although it is true that some of the books I read (progressive political analyzes, slim 20th century verse collections, cat books, classic spiritual treatises, or the occasional literary novel) do not fit within my grand plan, most of them do.
About ten years ago, I realized that many books I liked were from emerging, belittled or despised forms or genres: the Elizabethan popular stage play, the budding 18th century novel, the gothic romance, the Victorian bourgeois novel published in serial form, the novel of sensation, the decadent experiment, the adventure tale, the sea story, the spy story, the ghost story, the pulps (both mystery and terror), the space opera and other science fiction and fantasy of the '50's, the detective novel, and the modern horror tale. Whereas the writers of “literary fiction” are often too concerned with critical opinion, judiciously curbing their personal obsessions and producing unreadable “writerly” prose, the humble genre writer is more likely to give his “inner crazy” free rein, and either tell his eccentric story in no-nonsense fashion or--on occasion--let his plots and prose burgeon untrammeled, like a blooming meadow garden. At worst, the result is amusing, or odd; at best, it is something original, something new.
Not long ago, it occurred to me that—being too much a creature of words—I had neglected an obvious example of an emerging genre: the comic book of the late 80's, on its way to becoming the “graphic novel.” Since I'm already in love with Gaiman's American Gods, I decided to begin with The Sandman.
I am glad I did. The first eight numbers of Gaiman's series are, on the surface, a traditional quest story. Morpheus Lord of the Dreamworld, imprisoned for years by a sorcerer, goes searching for the objects of power—his helmet, his jewel, his pouch of dream-dust—so that he may once again exercise full power over his realm. But the stories it tells, and the genres in touches, range widely, from an Edwardian tale of an Aleister Crowley type sorcerer, a pulp EC Horror Cain and Abel anecdote, a contemporary British horror story of drug abuse, through a mythic descent into hell featuring an epic duel with demons, until it climaxes in a ghastly ordeal of modern horror (with a little meta-fiction thrown in) in which an escaped madman in a diner, in possession of the Dream Lord's mind manipulating jewel, brutalizes the restaurant's clientele for hours. The final number (“The Sound of Her Wings”)—perhaps the most elegant of the eight—is however, a kind of whimsical coda, introducing us to Dream's sister, the irreverent and down-to-earth Death.
I thought everything about this saga—story, dialogue, art—was well executed...except for one small detail. Gaiman chooses to make a reference to the DC universe (the Justice League of America, to be precise) in a way that breaks the spell of what otherwise would be a completely self-contained, transcendent and mythic journey. But that's the kind of thing that's bound to happen in emerging genres. People take risks.
Anyway, I'm hooked. On to Sandman, Volume 2: “The Doll's House”.
Rating: it was amazing
Mr Gaiman, thank you for the dream.
See what I did there? But in all fairness this is a dream. This comic is just everything I want a comic to be. It’s dark and brutal; it’s profound and sophisticated: it’s imaginative and creative. I just love everything about it. It’s superb. Let’s begin with the characters:
So the protagonist is a god, a very old god. And he represents one of the key elements of life itself: hope. He is everything the mind longs for. He is the reason to carry on living. Dream walks in the darkness. He comes from the darkness and brings the light. However, such an entity has been brought down by the folly of humans. He’s been locked away and his power sought after. The world is in turmoil; thus, the story begins. As Dream seeks the stolen relics of his power, the depth of this world is slowly revealed.
Although Lucifer isn’t a major character in this volume, I do feel like he is being forshadowed as a later antagonist in this series. Well, at least, I hope he is. I love the rendition of Lucifer here. He is very much in the Miltonic vein. Proud and beautiful yet twisted beyond repair. One of his minions has a relic of Dream’s, and although the two are hospitable towards each other, the words speak of veiled threats and a violent past. I can’t wait to see more. Lucifer and Dream philosophising the sovereignty of hell? Give me more.
So Death is a gothic girl who oozes with nihilism? She’s a rock chick who is clearly rather badass. She’s Dream’s sister and is rather pissed off that he didn’t call on her for help. Why are these characters so fucking cool? I could spend all day reading about this lot.
Did I just find a new favourite comic series?
Rating: really liked it
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Illustrators: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg & Malcolm Jones III
Covers: Dave McKean
Letterer: Todd Klein
A PRELUdE TO dREAM
It is NEVER “only a dream”, John Constantine.
Definitely there is stuff that if you read again, you’ll get it differently, but even so, you’ll get it differently if you re-read it again in a different order.
I am re-reading again the first four TPBs of The Sandman since I was able to buy the rest of TPBs of the series, BUT I chose to read first the TPBs of Death and definitely it was the right call. Neil Gaiman commented at the end of The High Cost of Living that Death can serve as an introduction to The Sandman and he was right. I guess he knows something about it since he’s the author (he,he,he).
But, seriously, now that I read Death: The High Cost of Living first of re-engaging into The Sandman, I was able to recognize some characters and getting the importance of comments made there. Even wondering details like how Roderick Burguess was sure, with just a glance, that Dream wasn’t Death, but wasn’t able to know who was exactly. Allowing me to enjoy even more the re-reading experience of this first TPB in the series.
Of course, re-reading again this first TPB (taking in account that I already read before the following 3 TPBs) allow me to enjoy the introduction here and there of characters that they will play relevant roles in the rest of the series. And that I was able to appreciate and understanding certain scenes.
So, indeed this is a prelude to The Sandman, since Neil Gaiman is just establishing the general scenario where he will develop the story in the following TPBs.
I am riding in your dreams.
1916: Morpheus, the King of the realm of Dreams, the embodiment of Dream, is trapped by mistake by a black sorceress.
Roderick Burguess didn’t want to catch Dream, he was after Death.
But what’s done, it’s done.
Dream is trapped in a magic circle during 72 years and even bereft from his tools of office which are key receptacles of his own power.
1988: Dream is able to escape. Weak. Angry. Confused.
During this first TPB of The Sandman, Morpheus must seek out for his tótems of power, a little pouch full of sand, a helm with the shape of a WWI gas mask, and a ruby.
Dream needs all those three artifacts since he put inside of them too much of his own power and therefore, now without them, he won’t be able to regain control of his own realm.
Dream will have a little help from John Constantine to get back one of those items, but about the remaining two, he must face alone dangerous challenges in unexpected places and/or against unexpected oponents.
And since Morpheus needs those things to get back to full power, evidently he isn’t in top shape to fight his enemies with raw power, so he must rely in cunning and destiny to try to be again his “old self”.
Rating: liked it
I need to admit something. I've never "gotten" Neil Gaiman's books. They confuse the hell out of me. I really never know where he is going with a story. *gasp*
This one was some freaky ass shit. Some old guy wants to perform a ceremony to capture "Death". Yeah..okay.
Anyways, he ends up capturing our guy Dream.
Dream bides his time. Then he wants his domain back. Then some more freaky ass shit goes down.
I see a whole lot of fangirls and boys on these books. Don't kill me yet. I have another one to read.
But I'm skeered...
Rating: liked it
Neil Gaiman is a bit of an black sheep to me.
What I mean by that is that I absolutely adore his ass off. He is one of those authors that writes so beautifully, vividly, creatively that it is almost impossible not to be sucked inside the fantasy worlds he somehow manages to share to us mere mortals. All this despite of the fact that his most popular works are in general the kinds I have no interest, no passion, no need to have on my reading list.
But he is Neil Gaiman. He is my black sheep. He is that one anomaly, worship worthy.
First volume of The Sandman did not live up to my enormous, perhaps too high and hyped up, expectations, and I in many places felt as if Gaiman did not do as good as he could do. Granted, this is a work of long process and I do know in my heart that he will eventually get to blow my mind, the more volumes I am able to read, the more I will fall in love with his creation.
This was a fifty-fifty read for me. Other parts (mostly the modern parts of the story) I really liked whereas the other parts (mostly the parts that leaned heavily on the fantasy side) I did not feel at all, which again highlights my reading tastes and preferences.
The Sandman as a character was build to be a very compelling, attractive, multilayered personality and he will be one of the two big reasons why I will gladly continue my journey with. The other is his gorgeous sister, The Death. I am sensing great things happening in the near future volumes.
I was familiar with most of the side characters, such as John Constantine, but I do not believe it to be necessity for a reader to have that knowledge of comics world to be able to fully enjoy this volume, it is structured good enough for both sides of the fence.
Sweet dreams, there will be more of those soon enough.
Rating: liked it
One of those graphic novels that are so famous and hyped up that it makes you want to read them. The consequence though would be that expectations tend to rocket up. I am more disappointed than entertained.
I've read 2 novels of Neil Gaiman. I hated Stardust, while Ocean was a mediocre read for me. I DNF(did-not-finish) American Gods and Graveyard Book because I got bored. The Sandman was not that great for me. I think I have to conclude soon enough that I honestly don't see what's so good about Gaiman. I just don't get his weird writing. I didn't hate this first volume, but it was not mind blowing.
The terrible thing about this volume would be the overwhelming amount of things happening. There were too many characters (both new and recycled) so some ended up flat and boring. The main character was not bad, but like I said, he became a bit flat and boring. The only one that I really liked would be John Constantine. I hated Martian Manhunter ever since I was a child, and I still hated him after reading this.
The plot was also a bit overwhelming and confusing at times. So many things were happening, and some ideas that you want the author to expound on got overlooked because new ideas were presented. The overall story was actually interesting, so I'll see if it improves in the second volume.
3/5 stars. Still disappointed in Gaiman, but hopefully the second volume would be an improvement over this.
Rating: really liked it
Since joining goodreads, I’ve been baffled by the Neil Gaiman love fest. American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, The Graveyard Book, they appear to be universally loved, and I’ve been skeptical of this emotion that borders on worship. These books are good and all, and I recognize their general accessibility, but I don’t personally find any of them mind blowing literature. Gaiman’s prose is no match for China Mieville’s or Iain M. Banks’ or Ursula LeGuin’s (and countless others who write speculative fiction), and the way he recasts mythology into contemporary settings is more clever than inspired. The love accorded Gaiman, therefore, feels disproportionate to the quality of his work – at least to me.
Lately, however, I’ve been reminded that I once loved Neil Gaiman, and that reminder was my return to The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes. Like his other fine work, The Wolves in the Walls, The Sandman series plays to Gaiman’s greatest strength: his ability to conjure beautiful images from artists. But it also elevates many of the things that Gaiman is usually only able to do adequately. His writing, when confined by thought and dialogue bubbles, is inspired (mostly because its goal is to be natural and believable rather than aspiring to literary greatness); his contemporizing of mythology is much more palatable (happening, as it does, in a comic book universe predisposed to gods and heroes); and his naturally cinematic pacing works better in a graphic format. Yes, indeed...graphic novels are Neil Gaiman’s best form.
Sleep of the Just – This may be the greatest first issue of a comic ever written. The capture of Morpheus/Dream/Sandman (or whichever name of his you prefer), the sleeping sickness, his inevitable (and beautifully patient) escape and vengeance guarantees that any fan of fantasy or comic books or fantasy and comic books must continue with the series. Even better, though, Sleep of the Just could have been its own stand-alone issue, and that would have been good enough. There are few single issues of a comic that are so fulfilling. I buy it all, and everything I had to know was given to me. Luckily, Gaiman left me with plenty beyond what I wanted to know. My personal favourite: the introduction of Sandman’s helm. Killer.
Imperfect Hosts – A kick ass follow up episode that includes a taste of Sandman’s powers, the characters that populate his Dreamworld, and the beginning of his search for the three artefacts stolen when Burgess captured him instead of Death. This episode is most notable, however, for the way Gaiman weaves his Sandman into the existing universe of DC. I am not a DC fan. I read Batman and Superman because they are cultural requirements, and what I know of the DC Universe is filtered through the pages of those books, but Sandman was a rare piece that warped and wefted its way into the DC universe without letting itself get bogged down in DC’s usual shabbiness. Imperfect Hosts is where this all begins to happen.
Dream A Little Dream of Me – A weakened and vulnerable Morpheus is busy looking for his sandbag, the first of the three stolen artefacts that can restore him to his former splendour and power. So he tracks down John Constantine, the Hellblazer, who bought the sandbag years before and put it into storage, but the sandbag is gone, stolen by Constantine’s ex-lover, Rachel, a heroin addict who needed money for a fix. She never got it; instead, the sandbag took control of her mind, throwing her into a forever nightmare that included the transformation of her father into a room sized, living, breathing, tortured, mass of flesh. Dream a Little Dream of Me is a horror show that hints at the depths of nightmare Dream will combat in future issues, and it embeds Morpheus more deeply into the DC Universe. It’s a satisfying chapter in Morpheus’ rebirth, and this is where the patient build towards the story’s literary quality begins.
A Hope In Hell – This is the one issue that really doesn’t thrill me too much. Morpheus goes to Hell and meets up with Lucifer, Beelzebub and Azazel – Hell’s triumvirate of Dark Lords – demanding the return of his helm. He ends up dueling Choronzon for his helm in a "reality" battle. Each takes a turn in the shape or form or concept of something or other. Each incarnation is slightly tougher than the opponent’s until the victor’s incarnation can’t be beat. Morpheus defeats Choronzon as "hope," which totally sucks. Hope?! Please. I can see hope as a stage in the battle, perhaps, but as the ultimate incarnation of victory? No way. Hope can be good, but it’s also an emotion that can derail thought and action -- and that makes hope potentially bad and self-defeating. Still, Lucifer was cool and his parting words about Dream give us plenty to look forward to in the series to come: “One day, my brothers...One day I shall destroy him.”
Passengers – A creepy start to the search for Morpheus’ last artefact – the Ruby of Dreams. A decrepit Doctor Destiny is sufficiently mad when he escapes Arkham Asylum, Morpheus runs into J’onn and Scott Free from the JLI, and the Doctor Destiny corrupted Ruby throws Morpheus into a catatonic stupor on the floor of a storage garage in the middle of nowhere, all setting the stage for the most terrifying chapter of Volume One:
24 Hours – Bloody, nasty, marvelous. Dreams in the hand of a corrupted man become corruption, and the whole Earth suffers. This is the best issue of The Sandman in Preludes and Nocturnes, so I'll let it speak for itself. But be warned: this one is not for the faint hearted.
Sound and Fury – This is a satisfying resolution to Dream’s return to power. Sandman shows John Dee mercy, he bestows the Earth with a night of pleasant dreams, and he returns to his Dreamscape to rebuild his kingdom. It’s not quite as powerful as 24 Hours, but it does what it needs to do.
The Sound of Her Wings – Death is a beautiful thing. If there were no other reason to love Neil Gaiman, this realization would be enough because Death really is a beautiful thing -- both in the comic and at the end of our lives
I’m glad I revisited Gaiman's greatest moment. Maybe now I can enjoy his new stuff more and appreciate him as much as so many of my friends do.
Rating: really liked it
"I am anti-life, the beast of judgement. I am the dark at the end of everything. The end of universes, Gods, worlds... of everything. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?"
"I am hope."
This is my favourite quote from this book, and one of my favourite quotes in general. It's beautiful. And true, thank god, so true.
I really liked this book. I've wanted to read The Sandman for a long time, and after this I'm beginning to grasp why it's become so popular.
You can tell that this is a prelude to the "actual" series. Morpheus, one of the Endless, master of Dreams, has been kidnapped, and once he breaks free, well, things aren't as he left them. So the first volume is all about Morpheus trying to get his power back. It's an enthralling and entertaining journey, that introduces a lot of characters, places and plots that will be revisited later.
I enjoy Morpheus a lot as a character. He comes off as very sympathetic and yet it's soon made clear he can be as brutal and unforgiving as many others. He is Endless after all.
It's a lot more violent than I remember it as, which is probably because I just gratefully forgot. I'm not prudish, but I have to admit the cruelty is often very difficult to watch. I suppose I'll have to get used to it, because judging by the second volume it's not slowing down.
I'll definitely continue with this series, and now I've finally bought the whole thing. It's creative, the art is to die for, and it manages to be both dark and hopeful at the same time. Well, most of the time...
Rating: it was amazing
Esta es la primera novela gráfica de estilo occidental que leí y también es el primer comic que leí,
dejando de lado a Condorito así que mi opinión tal vez no sea la más calificada en el tema, pero si te interesa, aquí va….
Antes de empezar a leerlo
Como la historia está dividida en siete Capítulos, mi reseña la dividiré en siete
1. El sueño de los justos Al principio estaba bastante perdido, no se explica casi nada, solo son cosas sucediendo, cosas algo tenebrosas, pero bastante confusas, lo que más llama mi atención en esta parte es el arte de los dibujos y la explosión de colores.
2. Anfitriones imperfectos sigo algo perdido, aunque mi entusiasmo no ha disminuido, empiezan a aparecer otros personajes como los sirvientes del Señor del sueño y Las Parcas, con ellas finalmente veo un camino y un propósito en la historia.
3. Sueña conmigo sorpresa, aparecen personajes famosos de DC nada menos que John Constantine con su ayuda el Señor del sueño empieza a cumplir su propósito. Este capítulo cuenta una historia bastante tenebrosa y empiezo a entender porque es una novela gráfica adulta
4. Una esperanza en el infierno -ESTOY EN EL INFIERNO Y ME ENCANTA hola Lucifer n_n- El señor de los sueños continua en su búsqueda y se encuentre en el infierno, ahora gobernado por un triunvirato, el deberá enfrentarse al demonio Choronzon este duelo es lo más genial y épico hasta ahora y como Sandman obtiene su victoria es espectacular. Pero aún no termina y aunque Sandman sale triunfante del infierno se ha ganado unos enemigos peligrosos.
5. Pasajeros Este capítulo es corto y aunque salen más superhéroes y villanos famosos de DC pensé que me estaban metiendo relleno… hasta el final del capítulo donde Gaiman me da un ¡Ja Ja te engañe! y me doy cuenta que Sandman no las tiene tan fáciles
6. 24 horas si antes dude si esto debería considerarse una novela gráfica adulta acá me doy cuenta que definitivamente lo es, esto paso de tenebroso a terrorífico en un momento...
John Dee (que viene a ser el principal adversario de Sandman en el comic) es todo un psicópata con títulos y certificados estoy bastante seguro que el maldito desgraciado se graduó con honores en la universidad de los dementes, en unas pocas páginas Gaiman una vez más me demuestra su grandeza y lo retorcido que puede llegar a ser. Ya solo falta el final
7. Ruido y furia el final, Sandman y el psicótico John Dee tienen su batalla decisiva en el mundo de los sueños -modo surrealismo on- y están bastante parejos, pero solo puede haber un vencedor…
(view spoiler)[La manera como Sandman se convierte en el vencedor no es como yo me lo imaginaba, ni tampoco me imagine la compasión hacia John Dee, quizás esta no sea su ultimo encuentro (hide spoiler)]
Con esto se cierra el primer volumen de Sandman, me he llevado una grata experiencia con este comic, El señor del sueño y su peculiar familia tienen un aire mitológico que me encanta, y los siguientes volúmenes siempre tienen algo que te atrapa, si eres de los que les gusta el genero fantástico, seguramente te gustara.
Rating: liked it
I first read this a couple of years ago, and it was one of the first graphic novels I read. Even though I love me some Gaiman, I have to admit that I didn’t love this. It seemed so incredibly dark when I first read it. Since that time, I’ve read many more graphic novels, most of which have been dark. I decided to revisit this series to see if I still found as dark as I did originally.
Yes. Yes, I do.
The plot of the first few issues didn’t bother me. Dream’s story and search were compelling. Where I got uncomfortable was when Doctor Destiny became the central focus. That issue remains one of the darkest things I’ve ever read.
You can tell when reading Sandman that it’s written by a novelist. The writing is much more dense than that to which I’ve become accustomed. You can also tell that it was written decades ago. The writing and the art are dated. Artistically, my favorite aspect of Sandman is the almost abstract styling of the issue covers.
I can see why this is a cult classic, but I’m afraid that it’s a cult that I won’t be joining, despite my second attempt at trying to develop a taste for it. If you’re a Sandman lover, more power to you, and please accept my sincerest apologies for not sharing that love.
Rating: really liked it
Once I was all done with this book, my very first thought was "This book is really weird."
Neil Gaiman, as all of you know, is a God at creating the most intricate and best of all story worlds. Honestly, every time I pick up his books, I never have a single clue with where he's going to take the readers with his story lines. Reading the blurb seriously does not help. Gaiman's works always have depth and much more stuff going on than what the blurb normally says.
So, I finally have gotten around to picking up one of his most hyped books or it sounds better when put this way, one of the most hyped graphic novels of all time, The Sandman. Of course, when I opened the book I immediately wanted to love this book like I always think whenever I start reading an extremely hyped book. Plus, it's by Neil Gaiman and I loved the two books of his I read recently so yes, I was very much prepared to love this book.
Everything went on really great considering half the time I was trying the figure out what the hell was going on. With the dream sequences intervening the story line, it was kind of hard to follow but ehh I managed quite well, I guess. Except for the last bit. If not for that, this would have gotten a solid 5 star rating. But we'll come to that a bit later.
I feel like that going into this graphic novel without knowing much would provide the best reading experience but I will give you the gist of the story line. Feel free to skip the next paragraph if you're interested in going into the graphic novel without knowing much about it.
So, there are these people who decide to summon Death and cure the disease of dying. But alas, their summoning does not bring Death but another kind of Endless. Their summoning brought the King of Dreams, The Sandman. They ask him for wishes but he never talks to them. Many, many years pass and finally the Sandman makes his escape from the glass prison his human captors have created for him. He had three tools into which he put most of his magic and now they're missing, stolen by his human captors and passed onto others. The first volume, Preludes and Nocturnes is about Sandman recovering his most prized tools.
At times, there was a lot happening in the graphic novel and it was really hard to follow because after Sandman's capture and his tools going missing, people don't have proper dreams. They have weird dreams, like how dreams are always like and these dream sequences keep interrupting the story line and many at times, it threw me off balance with what was actually happening. It was a slight inconvenience but it did not annoy me or made me want to rip this book. I just wish I understood it better but people say it gets easier to understand as you keep on reading the volumes. I guess you just get used to it. After all, this is a story about the King of Dreams and dreams generally don't make any sense.
Also, I'm really addicted to how the King of Dreams looks like in Gaiman's graphic novels. The Sandman looks a bit like him, don't you think?
I really, really, dig this look. I love this version of Sandman! He's so sexy! :D
Coming back to the story line, you also get to see certain DC characters and it was really cool how Gaiman incorporated those characters into this graphic novel. There was a lot going on in this first volume and the last bit was hella confusing but hey I know dreams are fucking incomprehensible and I decided to go with it. Maybe,after reading the sequels and years later when I pick this amazing book again, I'll be like, "Yep. I get it!".
Let's not forget the artwork! The artwork for this book was very dark and gritty. The colors were stark and never soft and at times, a lot of stuff happens in one page which might make it quite hard to follow. Sometimes, you wanna stare at the plethora of characters in a single page and other times you just want to get on with it. The illustrations weren't swoon-worthy and they weren't bad either. It was good. I guess more importance was given to the Sandman and his story lines which I was completely fine with.
I know my review makes me sound like I'm torn between liking and disliking this book, but to be honest, I really did enjoy this book a lot. It had so many characters (some very familiar), so many ideas, so much depth and on the whole, I had a lot of fun reading it even when it was confusing as hell. It didn't even bother me much. Just don't ask to me explain every single thing, okay? :D
Rating: liked it
In the foreword and the afterword, both the editor and Gaiman indicated that this isn't the strongest volume in the Sandman series; Gaiman was still finding his vision for the series, it's essentially a fetch quest, etc. I'm inclined to agree with them, although it was still enjoyable (as any video game fan will tell you, a fetch quest can still be fun, but it's not the strongest narrative device). I'm halfway through Volume 2: The Doll's House and I'm already finding the story much more interesting. Preludes and Nocturnes is a good introduction, but not much more than that.
Rating: really liked it
[his goth sister ended up being Death. (hide spoiler)]
Rating: really liked it
Ok, this is cool. (do people still say cool?) Preludes & Nocturnes is the first of twelve in THE SANDMAN series that I have put off reading far too long.....
It begins June 6, 1916 in Wych Cross, England.....
In an attempt to capture and bind DEATH to achieve immortality, the creepy looking and evil Daemon King, Roderick Burgess mistakenly apprehends her brother DREAM instead.....
DREAM (Morpheus) is robbed of his powers, but will not talk....."Confined in a glass box for three score years and ten. A human LIFETIME. TIME moves no FASTER for my kind than it does for humanity, and in PRISON it CRAWLED at a snail's pace...I was...I am...the LORD of this REALM of DREAM and NIGHTMARE."
The adventure really picks up speed after DREAM is finally freed and begins to search for his stolen tools to regain his super powers, but it wasn't until I read the last two chapters, "Sound and Fury" and "The Sound of her Wings" with DREAM'S sister's appearance that I was convinced I must continue on with the entire series. Goth Girl DEATH is so cool....and oh how she captures Franklin!
Creepy tricks and treats throughout with wonderful illustrations and Neil Gaiman for an author equals a great read!