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The Annotated Sandman, Volume One by Neil…
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Meet the Endless, a family of immortals that govern all aspects of life and death throughout the universe. However, one of theirown lays captured--Dream, the Lord of Sleep. As Dream makes his escape and returns to his duties after 70 years of imprison-ment, he encounters countless characters from myth, legend and comics, from Lucifer himself to the tragic Greek hero Orpheusto the HELLBLAZER John Constantine. New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo titleand one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyondlife and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.… (more)



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When Sandman, written by the then-unknown Gaiman with images by Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg, launched in January 1989, very few comics required annotations. Gaiman, much like his mentor Alan Moore, littered the series with obscure reference and marginalia. The DC title proved to be one of the most popular and endearing of the 90s, running 75 issues and spawning several spin-off series. Eventually Sandman garnered three deserved Eisners and is the only comic book to win a World Fantasy Award. DC collected the entire series in ten volumes, which have enjoyed numerous reprints including re-colored and hardcover editions. They were also produced in five over-sized hardcover books as part of DC's Absolute Edition line. And now, almost exactly 23 years after its initial appearance, comes the first of five over-sized annotated editions. The lauded Klinger supplies fascinating annotations alongside the original story art, reproduced in black & white, for the first 20 issues. He employs not only text reference but befitting the subject material uses images when appropriate. When referring to the first appearance of the gates of Hell (Sandman #4, page 4, panel 3), Klinger reproduces Auguste Rodin's sculpture The Gates of Hell, and later in Sandman #11 (page 13, panel 5) the annotations mention that Gilbert physically is based on [a:G.K. Chesterton|27973|G.K. Chesterton|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1198517759p2/27973.jpg], a photo of the author is shown. Sadly, the handsome, informative volume lacks a much needed index. ( )
  rickklaw | Oct 13, 2017 |
I'd been wanting to get into Gaiman's Sandman for quite a while so I was really excited to see that the university library had a copy of the annotated volume 1 (Issues 1-20). The annotations were really helpful in keeping me from getting lost. Gaiman draws from so many different sources of inspiration that without this little road map, I don't know that I would have felt the full effect of the writing. I really loved the first 16 or so issues, the continuing stories were really interesting and there was some great suspense. However, when I got to the latter section of the book, they become one-off stories that didn't really interest me very much. I definitely want to continue and read more, but if it continues to just be one-offs, I don't know how much longer it can keep my interest. ( )
  davadog13 | Nov 21, 2013 |
I'm going slowly with the reading. It's a big book, difficult to handle and with so much detail that it has to be digested in small chunks. First impressions: when I read about its imminent publication, mention was made of a panel-by-panel annotation. It's not. Of course, not every panel has something interesting to note but, nevertheless, I feel the annotation tends to be uneven. There's a lot having to do with DC antecedents and referents which perhaps are of interest to specialists. Gaiman is very helpful with clarifications coming directly from him or from the scripts. If you have the Absolute edition, the colour will be sorely missed. As it stands, imagine the comic book in black and white, opened flat, with wide, black margins attached left and right where the annotations go. Klinger provides a commentary which sometimes I find banal and other times over my head (sending you to search for information elsewhere). I would recommend as a companion The Sandman Papers edited by Joe Sanders and published by Fantagraphics. All in all, and because books about books are one of my favourites, I will complete the collection as it is published ( )
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The Absolute Sandman Volume One by Neil Gaiman

The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman (indirect)

The Sandman #01: Sleep of the Just by Neil Gaiman (indirect)

The Sandman #02: Imperfect Hosts by Neil Gaiman (indirect)

The Sandman #03: Dream a Little Dream of Me by Neil Gaiman (indirect)

The Sandman #04: A Hope in Hell by Neil Gaiman (indirect)

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Annotated edition of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, covering the first twenty issues.
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