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The Sandman: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman

The Sandman: Season of Mists

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

Other authors: Dick Giordano (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator), George Pratt (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell (Illustrator)

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Series: The Sandman TPBs (4), The Sandman (21-28)

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Volume Four of New York Times best selling author Neil Gaiman's acclaimed creation, with updated coloring and new trade dress. Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love - and Hell's ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy him.

In this volume:
A Season of Mists: Prologue ~ Nice! Got to meet the other Endless: Destiny, Delirium and Despair. Death and Desire had already been in other volumes. Well, except for Destruction who has left his siblings for parts unknown.

A Season of Mists: Chapter 1 ~ Dream prepares for his journey to Hell and possible battle with Lucifer.
A Season of Mists: Chapter 2 ~ Dream enters Hell and is surprised by what he finds.
A Season of Mists: Chapter 3 ~ Others find out what Lucifer gave to Dream and they make plans of their own.
A Season of Mists: Chapter 4 ~ I have no idea what this is about.
A Season of Mists: Chapter 5 ~ A banquet and sneaky goings on in Dream’s castle.
A Season of Mists: Chapter 6 ~ Dream makes his decision.
A Season of Mists: Epilogue ~ Tying up lose ends.

An interesting time for Dream. I enjoyed the story arc and I still love the artwork. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Jan 21, 2016 |
It looks like The Sandman series really hit its stride with volume 4, ‘Season of Mists’.

At the outset, we are introduced more completely to the characters which make up the Endless family at a reunion of sorts: Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, and Delirium. (The ‘prodigal son’, Destruction, remains missing). Each is well crafted and interesting in its own right, but Dream and Delirium are particularly fun. Because of this opening to the story, you really could start the series with this volume, and then catch up with the first three volumes as ‘prequels’ later.

Anyway, Dream then goes off on a mission to Hell to rescue Nada, a lover who was sent there 1,000 years ago because of him. At this point in this story, it could simply turn into a battle between The Devil (and all his minions) and Morpheus, but Gaiman does a clever thing in having Lucifer simply close up shop, and abdicate his realm to Morpheus.

Holding the key to Hell, Dream then finds out just how many desire it, as they come out of the woodwork from various cultures and religions to attempt to get it for themselves: a contingent from Aesir (Odin, Thor, and Loki), ancient Egypt (Anubis, Bast, and Bes), Japan (Susano-O-No-Mikoto), demons from Hell (Azazel, Merkin, and Choronzon), “Chaos”, “Order”, and angels from Heaven (Remiel and Duma). With such a rich cast of characters present at a dinner party, all either offering Dream things or threatening him, and knowing he must make a choice that will anger all the others, all while wondering what will become of Nada, it makes for a very enjoyable read. ( )
1 vote gbill | Dec 19, 2015 |
Poderia dizer que a pior parte é convocar um Thor de testosterona histriónica, mas como este rebenta com as fuças do Loki, tudo fica bem. (Pelo menos não mudou o sexo ao Deus-Trovão, para alcançar novas fatias de mercado)
Apreciei particularmente a issue do colégio, pela imprevisibilidade e pela revisitação que o imaginário Gaiman empresta a um género pelo qual nutro um soft spot: os boarding school books.


Por fim, ver o Lucifer de asas cortadas a apreciar o Pôr-do-Sol no hemisfério Sul recordou-me o Hermes, de tala na garra, convalescendo sobre a mesinha do café (cf. Wonder Woman do Azzarello). Um mimo promissor. ( )
  Ritinha_ | Aug 26, 2015 |
The series is really getting good now, my favorite book so far. Creative storylines, and I think the best artwork yet. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Aug 11, 2015 |
So far, this is my favorite volume. The story is fantastic in this one and the characters are varied and enjoyable. We learn more about Dream and how he has changed a well. ( )
  adam.d.woodard | Feb 23, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dringenberg, MarkIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, KelleyIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, MattIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Giordano, DickIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones III, MalcolmIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pratt, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, P. CraigIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliff, SteveColoristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DanielColoristsecondary authorsome 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.
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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