The Sandman

The Sandman

Preludes & Nocturnes

Book - 2010 | Fully recolored edition.
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New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.Includes issues 1-8 of the original series with completely new coloring, approved by the author.
Audience: Suggested for mature readers.
Publisher: New York : Vertigo/DC Comics, [2010]
Edition: Fully recolored edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781401225759
Branch Call Number: Gaima
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 cm.


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Oct 28, 2018

Set in the standard DC comics universe, this graphic novel features an engaging story-line told via a series of classic horror scenes. Gaiman's writing is on the mark and the main character, the mysterious King of Dreams, is refreshingly unique. The full-color comic book art is very well done, and fits well with the book's overall dark and somber tone.

Jun 21, 2018

This reminded me of the old Tales From The Crypt comics with a couple of incongruous DC comic references thrown in like bad product placements. Perhaps the series improves but I found the brief stories in this issue disjointed and less than inspiring.

AnnabelleLee27 Jun 26, 2017

This was the second volume in the Sandman graphic novel series that I read (even though it was the author's first volume), I found the stories a bit confusing and disjointed. I found parts of it disturbing without a cause or purpose and found I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I did the later volume I had read (The Doll House). While I found it is interesting due to its historical importance, I found myself desiring to put the entire series aside for awhile.

Oct 28, 2016

Wow. This book is amazing. It's creepy -- really disturbing so know that going in but boy is it well told, poetic, a great commentary on humanity and death, excellent allusions to mythology and it's brilliant. Scary, nightmare-inducing scary, but brilliant.

bkilfoy Aug 12, 2016

I've been meaning to get around to this series for ages. Pretty decently executed this isn't initially the style of writing I'm used to from Gaiman. The creepy darkness with a sense of whimsy isn't quite there yet. That being said I enjoyed this volume enough that I will definitely be working my way through the rest of the collection.

Jul 19, 2013

Mesmerizingly dark and enticing. I'm quite spellbound by this book.

Feb 11, 2013

The beginning was a little strange though eventually understood where the story was heading. By far the best chapter was the "24 hour" chapter, a pure piece of horror that could not have been written any better.

Jul 21, 2012

Very strange but in a surprisingly mesmerizing way

Jean-Pierre Lebel
Jun 25, 2012

Interesting story line in the Sandman series. It all begins here when we meet the god of dreams who is captured for 70 years. Once he frees himself from his earthly prison he must reclaim his tools and realms of dreams. The set up introduces the characters and the ideas that Neil Gaiman intends to explore while writing the series. Recommended for mature readers.

Oct 29, 2011

Definitely one of Neil Gaiman's best written stories. Complete with all the elements that one comes to expect of Gaiman Literature; engaging characters that you can't help but feel for within minutes, elements of horror, plenty of thought provoking ideas, and with story elements well rooted in established myths and legends.

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Jul 19, 2013

Sexual Content: Contains nudity.

Jul 19, 2013

Violence: Includes gore.


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Jul 19, 2013

“CHORONZON: I am a dire wolf, prey-stalking, lethal prowler.

MORPHEUS: I am a hunter, horse-mounted, wolf-stabbing.

CHORONZON: I am a horsefly, horse-stinging, hunter-throwing.

MORPHEUS: I am a spider, fly-consuming, eight legged.

CHORONZON: I am a snake, spider-devouring, posion-toothed.

MORPHEUS: I am an ox, snake-crushing, heavy-footed.

CHORONZON: I am an anthrax, butcher bacterium, warm-life destroying.

MORPHEUS: I am a world, space-floating, life-nurturing.

CHORONZON: I am a nova, all-exploding... planet-cremating.

MORPHEUS: I am the Universe -- all things encompassing, all life embracing.

CHORONZON: 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. Sss. And what will you be then, Dreamlord?

MORPHEUS: I am hope.”

Jul 19, 2013

“What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?”


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Jul 19, 2013

A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings" which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.

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