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The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil…

The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes (1991)

by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator)

Other authors: Mike Dringenberg (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones, III (Illustrator), Dave McKean (Cover artist), Danny Vozzo (Colorist)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: The Sandman TPBs (1), The Sandman (1-8), Hellblazer (Cameo)

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It's dark. Very dark. And grotesque, mature, gross, and disturbing. The story is great, however, and with it set into the DC universe, it's fun to see references to DC characters, such as Batman and Constantine. But, the verbosity of grotesque is a bit overbearing, to the point of preventing a full 5 stars. ( )
  atoponce | Jan 29, 2016 |
The beginning of one of the greatest stories ever rendered as a comic, though that potential is not quite realized in this, the first volume. The sandman is the story of dream of the endless, and his family, the living personifications of destiny, desire, death, despair, destruction and delirium. This book itself deals with Dream, ruler of the dreaming and king of stories, being captured by a cult, to be later released so he can seek his revenge, regain his implements of power, set his kingdom to order, and have a much needed scolding from his older sister, death, while she goes about doing her work, guiding those who die to their final rest.

This volume is unique among the sandman saga in that it clearly and regularly overlaps with the dc universe. WHile latr stories are still set there, the series grows apart from the presence of superhereos and villains, and those tropes ascociated with them. The story honestly improves as these elements withdraw. A good start to an even better series. ( )
  John_Juliano | Jan 23, 2016 |
*Book source ~ Library

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In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician (very much in the vein of Aleister Crowley) named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality. Dream bides his time for decades until Burgess dies. Afterwards, his son Alexander becomes Dream's new captor. Finally, in 1988, Alex's guards grow careless and the guards watching him fall asleep in his presence, allowing Dream to use the sand from their dream to his benefit. When the guards awake and break the seal Dream was in, he is then able to escape. Dream punishes Alex by cursing him to experience an unending series of nightmares.

The rest of the story concerns Dream's quest to recover his totems of power, which were dispersed following his capture: a pouch of sand, a helm and a ruby. The pouch is being kept by a former girlfriend of John Constantine's. Once that is recovered, Dream travels to hell to regain the helm from a demon, where he incurs the wrath of Lucifer (an enmity that will have major repercussions later in the series). The ruby is in the possession of John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny, a supervillain from the Justice League of America series. He has warped and corrupted the ruby, rendering Dream unable to use it, and with it he nearly tears apart the Dreaming. However, thinking that it will kill Dream, Dee shatters the ruby, inadvertently releasing the power that Dream had stored in the ruby and restoring Dream to his full power. The collection ends with "The Sound of Her Wings", an epilogue to the first story-arc. This issue introduces a character who has become one of the series' most popular and prominent personalities: Dream's older sister Death. She is depicted as an attractive, down-to-earth young goth girl, very unlike the traditional personification of death, and spends the issue talking Dream out of his brief post-quest depression.

This first volume contains eight stories revolving around Dream. Dream is also called Lord of Dream and Nightmare, Prince of Stories or Morpheus. I’m sure he’ll eventually be called Sandman, but not that I remember in this volume. Anyway, I went into this expecting Morpheus to be a bad guy, but he doesn’t seem to be. He’s one of the Endless, so I’m assuming he can’t be killed. Other than that I really have very little idea of what the hell is going on here. Basically, he was imprisoned, he escaped, he tracked down the tools of his trade and then hung out with his sister, Death. Not having read the comic books growing up, I’m not all that familiar with DC characters. However, this seems to be an interesting world. I look forward to more stories about Dream, who’s kinda cool looking, by the way. The artwork is really interesting and enjoyable.

In this volume:
1. The Sleep of the Just ~ imprisonment and escape
2. Imperfect Hosts ~ heading home
3. Dream a Little Dream of Me ~ finding the pouch
4. A Hope in Hell ~ retrieving the helm
5. Passengers ~ the ruby is different
6. 24 Hours ~ waiting for Dream
7. Sound and Fury ~ battle for the ruby
8. The Sound of Her Wings ~ Dream and Death hanging out ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Jan 18, 2016 |
When he was invited to write a comic for DC, Neil Gaiman reached deep to write about a little known character, Sandman. Preludes and Nocturnes is the compilation of the first eight issues in which Sandman is captured, eventually breaking free decades later, and then sets out to recover the trappings of his office. The illustrations are very well done, dark and horrific. The story at first was clunky and I struggled to maintain an interest, however by the last two issues the story came into it's own as Neil Gaiman found the right voice. I am hooked now and will definitely continue to read the further issues. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
I'm a latecomer to this classic comic by Neil Gaiman. It's an absorbing series that presents a darker side to the DC universe. If you like fantasy, horror and mythology, this one's for you. ( )
  wethewatched | Jan 7, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kieth, SamIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dringenberg, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, Malcolm, IIIIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DannyColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Busch, RobbieColoristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janiš, ViktorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, F. PaulIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living... for the price of wisdom is above rubies."

THE BOOK OF JOB, Chapter 28, verses 12, 13, 18
"D is for lots of things."
John Dee, All Fools Day 1989
For Dave Dickson: oldest friend. - Neil Gaiman
To my wife Kathy, my pal Tim, and to everyone in jail. - Sam Kieth
To friends & lovers. To Sam, Malcolm, and Neil; may your talents never dim. You made working on this book an indescribable pleasure. To Karen, Tom and Art (without whom this book would not have been possible), thanks for the time and your super-human patience. Special thanks to Beth, Matte, Sigal, the incomparable Barbara Brandt (a.k.a. Victoria), Rachel, Sean F., Shawn S., Mimi, Gigi, Heather, Yann, Brantski, Mai Li, Berni Wrightson (for Cain & Abel) and, as ever, to Cinamon. - Mike Dringenberg
To Little Malcolm - Malcolm Jones III
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"Wake up, sir."
But it's funny. I always thought when I became king...I thought there would be applause.
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Contains issues #1-8: Sleep of the just -- Imperfect hosts -- Dream a little dream of me -- A hope in hell -- Passengers -- 24 hours -- Sound and fury -- The sound of her wings
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446393630, Paperback)

"Wake up, sir. We're here." It's a simple enough opening line--although not many would have guessed back in 1991 that this would lead to one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comics of the second half of the century.

In Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman weaves the story of a man interested in capturing the physical manifestation of Death but who instead captures the King of Dreams. By Gaiman's own admission there's a lot in this first collection that is awkward and ungainly--which is not to say there are not frequent moments of greatness here. The chapter "24 Hours" is worth the price of the book alone; it stands as one of the most chilling examples of horror in comics. And let's not underestimate Gaiman's achievement of personifying Death as a perky, overly cheery, cute goth girl! All in all, I greatly prefer the roguish breaking of new ground in this book to the often dull precision of the concluding volumes of the Sandman series. --Jim Pascoe

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:31 -0400)

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An occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother, Dream, instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, a.k.a. The Sandman, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. Author Neil Gaiman creates an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.… (more)

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