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Absolute Sandman Volume One

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When I first started reading Sandman, which was after I was introduced to Neil Gaiman through American Gods and Stardust, I had to interlibrary loan each volume, meaning (since I wanted to be able to keep track of them and ensure the loaning library got the books back in a timely fashion) I had to wait at least three weeks between volumes. Considered by many, me included, to be the best comic book ever written, Neil Gaiman's now classic mix of Greek myth and modern dark fantasy remains as captivating today as when it was first published. The book itself, again graced by Dave McKean designs, is bound in jet black faux leather, stamped with silver lettering and an impressed design of a lock and key.

Keith's recent work includes Wolverine/Hulk for Marvel Comics and Batman: Secrets and Scratch for DC Comics. Some parts of it, especially near the beginning , seem to be of a Gothic horror nature ,yet, in the middle part of the volume there is a shift towards a fantasy based romp through a dreamworld. I enjoyed immensely going through the whole issue of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", step by step, with the quirky commentaries of Neil Gaiman to the illustrator.

Pros: Lots of content is collected in each oversized volume - Smyth sewn binding - Leather-like cover - Black page edges - Vol. He used this short tales to build the backstory of Morpheus and how he has interacted with history and legend throughout the eons. This is also reflected in the trade editions of Sandman, the collected arcs are interspersed with two short story collections. Certainly, the inks needed to be darkened, but if the colors needed anything, it was to be brightened, not submerged.

Art from the Troll Bridge graphic novel was selected for the Spectrum annual collection featuring the best science fiction and fantasy art of the year.If this first Volume is any indication on what to expect from the future ones, then I know I’m in for one hell of a ride. It's been extensively collected in various forms: regular graphic novels, audiobooks (on-going, as of this writing), a TV series (ditto), annotated volumes … I have a vague memory of having seen an entire-series-in-one-volume version, but perhaps I just dreamed it. But its a bit like how the first few pages of a novel have the best written sentences of the whole thing. Speaking of artists, it's impossible to talk about the Sandman series for long without mentioning Dave McKean. Issue 1 just hits harder if you go into it knowing no more about Dream than Roderick Burgess and his followers do.

The essence of this part of the volume is of Dream attempting to repair the damage to the dream state in his 70 year absence.Later in this volume, Gaiman folds his own flight of fancy into Will Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' a perfect choice of play for a book whose central character is Dream, a. Bound in faux leather and with glossy pages, bookmark ribbons and beautifully designed hardcover slipcases, these are tomes the quality of which would make wizards and priests envious. While Watchmen is undoubtedly much more political and thought-provoking (and also quite original in its storytelling), Sandman is a lot more subtle. In a big book format it wasn't a problem, I was able to keep turning the pages and go on to the next "chapter" when the story moved quickly.

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