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The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman

The Sandman: Endless Nights

by Neil Gaiman, Glenn Fabry (Illustrator), Milo Manara (Illustrator), Miguelanxo Prado (Illustrator), Frank Quitely (Illustrator)3 more, P. Craig Russel (Illustrator), Bill Sienkiewicz (Illustrator), Barron Storey (Illustrator)

Other authors: Chris Chuckry (Colorist / Separator), Lovern Kindzierski (Colorist / Separator), Todd Klein (Letterer), Dave McKean (Cover artist)

Series: The Sandman (12), The Sandman: Death (Short Story 2003)

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The Basics

A collection of stories taking place in the Sandman universe, each focusing on a member of the Endless.

My Thoughts

This is currently the last of the Sandman stories as written by Neil Gaiman. It’s not essential to the main plot to read these, but for a fan, it’s a satisfying read and worth adding to the collection. If you have a favorite Endless, chances are they’re given their moment to shine here. Even Destiny, with his cool-but-one-note ways.

For my part, Desire has always been my favorite, and his/her story was exactly in keeping with the spirit of Desire. And that’s the key. Even if the figure themselves is featured briefly, the spirit of what they are, who they are, is well on display. Despair, for instance, is more of a series of vignettes regarding her nature, and it fits.

Just how much they run the gamut as characters is exhibited here, as well. It’s obvious enough when they’re together being very different among themselves, but there’s a deeper level to it here. For example, Death’s story is gentle and playful with a sad twinge, yet Delirium’s story is disjointed and bizarre. The gaps between each of them serves to make their character development seem more solid. Even the artists’s separate approaches drive this home. And all the art is, of course, beautiful.

If you’re a fan, certainly read this. No matter who it is among them that fascinates you, it will deliver.

Final Rating

5/5 ( )
  Nickidemus | Sep 18, 2014 |
This books contains seven stories, each dealing with one of the siblings known as "the Endless." The Endless are a creation from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic series, and this book is an add-on to that series. Unfortunately for me, I inter-library loaned this book via my library not paying enough attention to realize that I selected the final volume of the series rather than the first (a doh! moment if there ever was one). So for me, this was an odd introduction to these characters and their universe. That being said, the book's structure of simple short stories made it easy enough to follow along without feeling in the least bit lost (although I'm sure knowledge of the whole series would probably have enriched the reading experience). Gaiman's brief introduction gives the most important details, reminding/introducing readers to the fact that the Endless are simply there - they are not gods, he asserts, but ever-fixed markers of humanity. In other words, the Endless are universal emotions and events we cannot avoid - death, dreams, despair, desire, etc., although I would argue he's wrong then about destiny being among their number.

As a product, this is an absolutely gorgeous book. Separating each chapter are these beautiful photographs that carry a mask theme tying together the various components. Each chapter is illustrated by a different artist of renown, who brings his own touch to the story at hand. Most remarkably, in my opinion, was the expressionistic style brought to the chapter dedicated to Despair. The story is titled "Fifteen Portraits of Despair," providing short vignettes of people at their worst moments. Obviously this is not an easy chapter to read, but it had the most emotional impact of any in the book. The darkly deep illustrations served to further hone that point, and they are worthy of any art gallery's walls. Being the most artistic and least like a comic book with such illustrations, this chapter seems (based on other reviews) to be the unpopular one, but I thought it was the highlight of the book.

The other chapters deal less with the emotions evoked by the Endless then by short snippets of events in their lives. An early dalliance for Dream is the subject of one chapter; a conquest for Death in another; and so on. As such, they don't really say much in my opinion or add much by way of character development. This book seems designed more as something for supercharged fans to sink their teeth in after having spent years sans any new Sandman material. Die-hard lovers of the original series no doubt love to read some more about their favorite characters but as a stand-alone comic, this book is just so-so. It's a fairly entertaining read and it's short story nature means you can skip ahead at any point without losing anything; for that reason, this makes a quick escapist read, so long as you're not too worried about delving into the darker side of humanity. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Nov 23, 2013 |
Great artwork. Good stories. A lot of nipples. ( )
  h_d | Jul 1, 2013 |
Endless Nights was written years after the Sandman series ended - Gaiman returns his characters and provides a story for each of the 7 Endless.

I liked some stories better than others, and for the first time, I think my 4th star in my rating for this book is solely because of the artwork. It's a little more interesting and experimental than what was in the rest of the series - Despair's and Delerium's stories are really noteable in this aspect. While their stories weren't my favorite (my beloved Delerium was barely in hers!), I spent quite a bit of time just examining and admiring the art.

I also enjoyed the peek back in time when Delerium was Delight and Despair was her first aspect of herself. The small references to the worlds of the Green Lantern and Superman were nice touches. ( )
  BrookeAshley | May 23, 2013 |
Endless Nights is an interesting collection of stories about the Endless, each with different art styles and different ways of telling the stories. Desire's has very sensual, "pretty" art, while Delirium's story is all over the place.

It's a very interesting novel. We get to see Delight, and one of Dream's early relationships, and Death in her early years... It's not a groundbreaking volume, really -- we don't learn anything revolutionary about the characters, just read a few untold stories that fill in a few details. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fabry, GlennIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Manara, MiloIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Prado, MiguelanxoIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Quitely, FrankIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Russel, P. CraigIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Sienkiewicz, BillIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Storey, BarronIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Chuckry, ChrisColorist / Separatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kindzierski, LovernColorist / Separatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Here, where the darkness closes over me, like canal waters or the grave, I tell this story.
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Contains "Death and Venice," "What I've Tasted of Desire," "The Heart of a Star," "Fifteen Portraits of Despair," "Going Inside," "On the Peninsula" and "Endless Nights."
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Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by P. Craig Russell, Milo Manara, Bill Sienkiewicz, Miguelanxo Prado, Barron Storey, Glenn Fabry, and Frank Quitely; painted cover and book design by Dave McKean; Cover by Dave McKean Joined by a dream-team of artists from around the world, Neil Gaiman - the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of American Gods and the children's book Coraline - returned to the beloved characters he made famous for THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, the comics event of 2003. Now this landmark work is available in a beautiful softcover edition. Alternately haunting, bittersweet, erotic and nightmarish, the seven stories in this book - one for each of the Endless siblings, each illustrated by a different artist - reveal strange secrets and surprising truths. In addition to the seven tales of the Endless, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS includes a biography section in the spirit of the Sandman collections (designed by Dave McKean) and a summary of each volume in the Sandman Library.

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Presents a collection of seven graphic stories that feature the character known as "The Sandman" who rules over humans as they sleep.

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