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The Sandman: Season of Mists

by Neil Gaiman, Mark Dringenberg (Illustrator), Kelley Jones (Illustrator), Matt Wagner (Illustrator)

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Even The Lord of Dreams is not without fail. And so he has to admit, it has been a mistake to damn a young woman into hell, who rejected to stay with him to all eternity. So he sets of to hell to unchain and to release her, being prepared that it will be a quite difficult problem. And thus it happended, but entirely different than he has imagined...
Great, a 'Sandman-book' again with a continuous story, which also refers to former books. It's exciting and the chronicle stimulates thinking about the existence of hell: How would it be without hell? What would be about heaven? And what about all the unfortunate souls?
It's a fantastic story with a surprising twist, which in my opinion slides a little bit too much towards Happy-End. Someway I have imagined the solution will be more dramatic. But maybe this depends on the other books I've read in the weeks before. Too many bloodthirsty thrillers :-)
The drawings are - like always - exceptional good, so you really sink into the atmosphere of this book. Great stuff! ( )
  Xirxe | Dec 2, 2014 |
Most excellent! ( )
  capiam1234 | Sep 21, 2014 |
I like these more and more every time I read one. This is one of my favorites so far. :) Love the Heaven and Hell stuff, and meeting all of the Endless. ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
I liked it but thought the deux ex machina at the end was a bit jarring. More so than what started a fairly interesting chain of events, in any case.
  Frenzie | Feb 19, 2014 |
This was an enjoyable tale to re-read. It seems like this is the point at which the Sandman hit a consistent stride, balancing tales of larger-than-life mythological figures with some human (and nonhuman) drama. I particularly liked the way an epic plot point (the dead coming back to life worldwide) was dramatized by a story of one boy's encounter with the souls that flood back to their old boarding school. It was a nice departure from the parade of gods and superhumans, and it had that pleasantly creepy touch that Gaiman does so well. ( )
  phredfrancis | Feb 8, 2014 |
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Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dringenberg, MarkIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, KelleyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, MattIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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There is a dreadful Hell,
and everlasting pains;
there sinners must with devils dwell
in darkness, fire, and chains.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) from Divine and Moral Songs for Children. 1720.
You don't have to stay anywhere forever.
Edwin Paine (1901-1914), in conversation, December 1990.
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Walk any path in Destiny's Garden, and you will be forced to choose, not once but many times.
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To absent friends, lost loves, old gods, and the Season of Mists, and may each and every one of us always give the Devil his due.
You killed a number of people who by now would be long-since dead anyway. So what?
There must be a Hell. There must be a place for the demons; a place for the damned. Hell is Heaven's reflection. It is Heaven's shadow. They define each other. Reward and Punishment; hope and despair. There must be a Hell, for without Hell, Heaven has no meaning.
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Collects "Season of Mists" parts 1-8, originally published in The Sandman #21-28.

Ten thousand years after banishing to Hell a woman who scorned him, Morpheus, the King of Dreams, has decided to free his former lover. But when the Sandman arrives in the realm of eternal damnation, Lucifer, the first fallen angel, notifies him that he is closing down Hell and he wants Morpheus to have the keys. Now in charge of the gates of Hell, the King of Dreams is bombarded with requests for possession of the empty kingdom by Norse gods, homeless demons, Egyptian deities, Faerie ambassadors, the lords of Chaos and Order, and Japanese divinities. Realizing too late that Lucifer's gift was a veiled curse, Morpheus is forced to make a decision that will affect every plane of existence as well as the universal balance of power. -- from Vertigo (www.dccomics.com)
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Continues the story of the Dream King and his family--Desire, Despair, Destiny, Delirium, Death, and a missing sibling.

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