Mr. Gaiman Bring Me a Dream

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

sandmanI have a list, both physical and in the form of mental notes in back of my head, of books I want to read.  Mine seems like it gets longer every week from friend’s recommendations, roaming around bookstores, and window-shopping on Amazon.  Today I finally got around to reading one that’s been on my list for a while now, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.  Not the whole series of course, but the first volume Preludes & Nocturnes; I have to say that this recommendation didn’t lead me astray.

220px-Gaiman,_Neil_(2007)Gaiman’s more well know for writing novels, a few have gone on to be movies like Stardust and Coraline, but The Sandman brings his writing into the world of comics.  I’m not the type of comic book collector that can’t wait for the next issue of all the classic heroes to come out.  I don’t usually have the money to spend on eight different comics every month, and I still haven’t really looked into finding a shop here in Orlando that I like as much as the one I used to visit in SoFlo.  But I think that this series is one I’ll be following; I’ve got the second volume coming in the mail soon. (Yay for cheaper prices online!)

As you’ve probably guessed from the title, the main character of this series is the sandman/king of dreams/every other name that he goes by. (Seriously, they call him like ten different things just in the first volume.) It starts off a little slow, after the black magic ritual there is a bit of waiting around while time passes.  I suppose that jumping through decades is a good way to show the reader that our main character is immortal, the living embodiment of an idea that doesn’t age.  The first two sections are a lot of background knowledge that you’ll need as you read on, but the real action starts in the third section of volume one: we start to see the powers of the protagonist as he begins his first story arch to regain his strength.

15051_900x1350I love the dark nature of the storyline and the way that Gaiman brings together characters from all sorts of religions, stories, and other comics without it feeling like they are out of place.  The Sandman belongs to the DC comic realm so there are appearances from some classic characters like Martian Manhunter and Batman’s villain Scarecrow.  However there’s minimal interaction with them in this book, it’s just nice to see that the story embraces the long-standing tradition of comic book crossovers.  My favorite moment though was the Sandman’s journey through hell.  Not every character gets a chance to go up against the devil.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for the King of Dreams in the next volume.

photo-1Keep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades


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