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Season of Mists (Sandman, Book 4) by Neil…

Season of Mists (Sandman, Book 4) (original 1992; edition 1999)

by Neil Gaiman

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Title:Season of Mists (Sandman, Book 4)
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Info:Vertigo (1999), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 224 pages
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The Sandman: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman (Author) (1992)

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This collection of issues sees Dream being gifted the key to Hell by Lucifer and dealing with the many offers that come in for the realm as a result.

Dark, bleak, and with inconsistent art I was left feeling that this volume was really not my jam. That said, it is interesting to read to see Gaiman's fascination with certain types of characters and mythologies peek out in advance of his other works on the topics. I'll be continuing with the series for now but I may be ultimately deeming it as one of the Gaiman narratives that just isn't for me. ( )
  MickyFine | Sep 4, 2018 |
Now I understand why Sandman got to be as popular as it was, and in many ways, still is. Seasons of Mists was incredible. The stories flowed into one another smoothly, and the plot had all the best aspects of Gaiman's work intact. The classic mythologies flowed and mixed with his own in a way that you just know will come up again later. The story that began Dream Country came into play, something mentioned in passing in the first collection is now being played out in a larger way. Hell, Bast even mentioned something from a side story that one would think meant little. Gaiman can plot masterfully when he wishes - and, dear Reader, here he wishes. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Too much of this volume read like a soap opera (bad dialogue and setup where nothing much happens). The only episode that didn't was episode IV, with the kids in the boarding school. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
It was bizarre and dreamlike and wonderful. There is something about Gaiman's otherworldly stories, a very subtle and unnerving something, that keeps me wanting more, even when I'm not sure I completely understood everything that I already absorbed. ( )
  UDT | May 1, 2018 |
This was probably the best of the Sandman stories/series so far. A wonderful story from beginning to end with how Sandman unfairly punished Nada for her not wanting to love him in his own realm, and then Lucifer finding the perfect way to try and defeat/torture Sandman by giving him the key to Hell and having him run it. And in typical Gaiman fashion, all of the different mythologies and pantheons and mythos converging in the Sandman's realm - Norse, Japanese, Faerie, Christian, Chinese, Chaos, Order; etc - all coming and wanting Lucifer's Hell. This time he also delves deeper into the Endless ones - the D's - Dream, Despair, Death, Destiny, Delirium. My only complaint was the art used for episodes 0 and 8; not a fan of that art style but the episodes 1-7 artwork was crisp and clean like in previous works, I much more prefer that style. ( )
  BenKline | Jan 11, 2018 |
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Dringenberg, MarkIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Giordano, DickIllustratormain 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.
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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