Absolute Sandman Volume One
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The Doll's House" does a good job of merging almost standalone stories into a cohesive whole and also starts to open up the universe of the Sandman beyond its horror beginnings [9/10]. There are some amazing feats of imagination at work here- some sights will be beautiful and others depraved. This issue is the only comic book ever to have won the prestigious World Fantasy Award for a short work of fiction.
An acclaimed series it was, it had its own share of industry awards like the Eisners, but its most distinguished accolade had to be the World Fantasy award for best short fiction for Sandman issue nineteen, an adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Gaiman and Charles Vess. Nevertheless, the whole thing is, the way I see it, an overrated post-baroque, disjointed millefeuille, with a plot that peters out by the 8th chapter, leaving the rest of the volume as a collection of dismembered short stories, just barely related by a couple of recurring characters.Maybe if I was only getting them once a month I'd have been disappointed in the beginning when they moved so quickly, while Gaiman was still getting the hang of this comic writing thing. From meeting the reining Lords of Hell to spending time with Dream's sister Death or even his spat with Desire and Despair- all these momentous scenes are done with flair.
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s.The Sandman, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s.
He stalks through the scenes, he's an arrogant and powerful prince and he doesn't hurry even when he's in a hurry. Some were familiar and some were strange and new to me, and I loved seeing Dream interact with the people/creatures/things in each of them.DC Comics brings the game to a new level with the Absolute series of oversized, slipcased, hardcover volumes of landmark titles. Hence what begins as an apparently straightforward horror comic quickly breaks through the confining straps of the genre and takes flight, going to places few if any comics had explored before. Doran’s A Distant Soil, which she created and published as a teenager, is now published by Image Comic’s Shadowline imprint. Don't get me wrong I strongly liked lot of the innovation and his very good world building, I just found the plotting and many of the characters just OK.
They play out their adventures mostly in contemporary settings that have been completely recolored for the first of four Absolute volumes that will re-present them all. Several pages also had Todd Klein's hand lettered word balloons which you rarely see in this kind of thing.I remember collecting the comic book series when it came out because it looked unique in both Gaiman's storytelling and Keith's art. A few of these fragments stand out, like “Tales in the Sand”, or “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; the rest is either a bit silly or stodgy.