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Sandman Volume 10: The Wake (New Edition) (Sandman New Editions) (original 1997; edition 2012)

by Neil Gaiman (Author)

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Title:Sandman Volume 10: The Wake (New Edition) (Sandman New Editions)
Authors:Neil Gaiman (Author)
Info:DC Comics (2012), Edition: New edition, 192 pages
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The Sandman: The Wake by Neil Gaiman (Author) (1997)



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After "really liking but not quite loving" most of the volumes of this series, I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed the way Gaiman closed his story. I look forward to rereading the series and have a feeling I'll appreciate it even more with additional passes. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
Finally done with the series! I enjoyed the ride, even though it took me so long to finish. Excellent series. Can't wait to read the spin offs ( )
  Ahtoosa | Jan 2, 2017 |
The final volume of The Sandman (not counting the self-contained, limited stories), in which Neil Gaiman and his readers say goodbye to Morpheus, the Lord of the Dreaming. The first part of the story resolves the events from the previous volume, The Kindly Ones, after which Gaiman presents three self-contained stories, one about Hob Gadling and another William Shakespeare. The Wake is a satisfying conclusion to the regular Sandman series while leaving enough in play that Gaiman could return if he chose to revisit this world.
The Sandman series is nothing short of modern mythology writ large and exemplifies everything to which the comics medium aspires. Its thematic range and Gaiman's unique voice ensure that it will remain a staple of graphic storytelling for years to come. It deserves to be mentioned in the same awed tones as Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and Jack Kirby's work. ( )
  DarthDeverell | May 27, 2016 |
Phew, this was probably the most confusing episode I've read so far, at least the first 60 to 80 pages. I could not believe it: One of the Endless died? Or what? Or not? And also the two different stories at the end, which are very nice (especially the drawings of the last but one) confused me at the beginning even further. Do they have anything to do with the death of the Endless? And if yes – what? To complicate matters further all the figures of the past stories turned up again, from those I can remember a few, unfortunately, only vaguely. My conclusion: I have to read all this again, but with less time interval between the different episodes.
Whatever, this is an ending for such a serial like it has to be - mysterious and sad with beautiful pictures, but not without hope. Because: “And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost.” ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
The Basics

This being the tenth volume of The Sandman, it’s hard to write about this without ultimately spoiling anyone. A lot of things have changed via the ending of the previous volume, and Gaiman is wrapping things up and saying some goodbyes.

My Thoughts

This is a weird review to write. I’ve been spending the last, several years, since I got into Gaiman, reading my way through The Sandman. As a result, this was pretty bittersweet. Dream has changed forms, and the title of this volume, The Wake, rings true. Everyone who ever knew Morpheus is showcased here, with glad and sour memories of him mixing all together in this big bowl of emotions. It was hard not to feel a pang, because this clearly wasn’t just his goodbye. It was for the reader, as well, and it was felt.

The last comic that rounds out the entire series really was a nice touch. It was Gaiman returning to the storyline that made The Sandman so famous in the literary crowd with a play on William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the playwright’s life, his mission to write plays for Morpheus. In wrapping that subplot up, he manages to do the same for the series as a whole, and it makes for a lovely final farewell to Dream and his realm.

I wish I knew what else to say, but this volume was short and mostly nostalgic for someone who’s been working through the series as I have. It’s sort of a personal journey, ending something so big like this, and not something I can critique the merits of with anything other than the verbal equivalent of a sad smile. I do still have Endless Nights ahead of me. That’s a comfort.

Final Rating

5/5 ( )
  Nickidemus | Sep 18, 2014 |
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Gaiman, NeilAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muth, Jon J.Illustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Vess, CharlesIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Zulli, MichaelIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilmore, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DanielColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This book is for Dave McKean, as a small token of thanks.
I do not know what Sandman would have been without Dave, as our public face - creating the covers, the typefaces, the design, all that - and my hardest critic.
It was a long, strange journey, and it was the better for having a friend by my side on the way.
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And it came to pass that a messenger was sent our to each member of the family.
Entropy and Optimism: the twin forces that make the universe go around.
I like the way colors taste. Except I don't like crimsons...or turquoises... especially when they put their heads into their shells and won't play, and when you break their shells to let them out, they die...
Thou look'st passing fair, milady, excepst thou manglest the Queen's good English and your tits are hanging out.
And then, fighting to stay asleep, wishing it would go on forever, sure that once the dream was over, it would never come back, ... you woke up.
I am prince of stories, Will, but I have no story of my own. Nor shall I ever.
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Collects "The Wake" parts 1-4, "Exiles" and "The Tempest," originally published in The Sandman #70-75.
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The king of dreams is dead. Now the ancient gods, old friends, and enemies gather to pay tribute.

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