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The Absolute Sandman Volume Four

by Neil Gaiman

Other authors: Richard Case (Illustrator), D'Israeli (Illustrator), Glyn Dillon (Illustrator), Marc Hempel (Illustrator), Teddy Kristiansen (Illustrator)5 more, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator), Kevin Nowlan (Illustrator), Dean Ormston (Illustrator), Charles Vess (Illustrator), Michael Zulli (Illustrator)

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Series: The Sandman (Issues 57–75, Vertigo Jam 1), The Sandman {1989-1996} (Absolute, issues 57-75)

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"This final volume includes behind-the-scenes extras plus issues #57-75 and a story from VERTIGO JAM #1. Don't miss the end of what Playboy called 'a modern myth, as well as a précis on why the stories we tell matter so much'" -- from publisher's web site.

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To understand this review, first you have to understand how I read the Sandman comics. Whenever my wife goes away for a few days, I read a volume of the Absolute Sandman. I don't quite know how I started this or why, but this is how things are. And, just over a year ago, my daughter was born. The past several days have been the first my daughter's been away from me since she was born.

This is the environment in which I've started--and finished--Absolute Sandman, Vol 4.

The arcs in Vol 4 are The Kindly Ones and The Wake. Or, to put it another way, The Death of Dream and, well, The Wake. What a positively depressing way to spend my depressing weekend away from my family. But, quite possibly the most beautiful story ever written. This is Gaiman at his best: the opposition of two unstoppable powers, very little combat in favor of deep conflict, sacrifice, grace, and transformation. I wasn't a fan of the art style for The Kindly Ones (seemed too cartoony), but it didn't distract and I particularly liked The Wake's art. ( )
  Azuaron | Mar 1, 2022 |
As fitting of the finale of the series, the Miscellany section in this volume has the layout sketches and script for the Temptest like the first volume had A Midsummer Night's Dream sketches and script. The section also has the requisite examples of Sandman merchandise, which really just makes me want to go shopping and start scouring the thrift stores for vintage merch. The volume is short on extra artwork though, which is disappointing as this is my favourite part of the other volumes' miscellany sections. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
The fourth Absolute Sandman volume completes the main story arc of the series, combining disparate elements and characters to produce a finale that I did not expect at all at the beginning. Initially I struggled with not being able to discern how anything related to anything else but the second half ravels everything up neatly. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
"The Kindly Ones" was an excellent story, a great plodding tragedy only slightly hampered by Marc Hempel's art -- never been a fan.

"The Wake"'s art, on the other hand, was so drastically different that it was a bit jarring. The stories tie together a lot of the loose threads of Gaiman's complex universe. Overall 'Volume 4' was, by necessity, more cohesive so it was an improvement over the scattered brilliance of the last one. I could see how it could have been a satisfying conclusion to the series.

But there's more!


Next: 'Volume 5'

Previous: 'Volume 3' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Just as great as the first three volumes. ( )
  ScoLgo | Aug 7, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Neil Gaimanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Case, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
D'IsraeliIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dillon, GlynIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hempel, MarcIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kristiansen, TeddyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muth, Jon J.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nowlan, KevinIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ormston, DeanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vess, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zulli, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"This final volume includes behind-the-scenes extras plus issues #57-75 and a story from VERTIGO JAM #1. Don't miss the end of what Playboy called 'a modern myth, as well as a précis on why the stories we tell matter so much'" -- from publisher's web site.

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Collects The Sandman #57-75 and "The Castle" from Vertigo Jam #1. Contains: The castle (from Vertigo Jam #1) -- The Kindly ones: part 1 -- The Kindly ones: part 2 -- The Kindly ones: part 3 -- The Kindly ones: part 4 -- The Kindly ones: part 5 -- The Kindly ones: part 6 -- The Kindly ones: part 7 -- The Kindly ones: part 8 -- The Kindly ones: part 9 -- The Kindly ones: part 10 -- The Kindly ones: part 11 -- The Kindly ones: part 12 -- The Kindly ones: part 13 -- The wake: chapter 1 -- The wake: chapter 2 -- The wake: chapter 3 -- The wake: an epilogue -- Exiles -- The tempest -- A Sandman miscellany -- Afterwords / by Neil Gaiman -- Biographies.
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