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The Sandman: The Wake (1997)

by Neil Gaiman

Other authors: Karen Berger (VP-Executive Editor, Editor-Original Series), Mikal Gilmore (Introduction), Bob Kahan (Editor), Todd Klein (Letterer), Dave McKean (Cover artist)5 more, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator), Shelly Roeberg (Editor), Charles Vess (Illustrator), Daniel Vozzo (Colorist), Michael Zulli (Illustrator)

Series: The Sandman (10 (Issues 70-75)), The Sandman {1989-1996} (TPB, issues 70–75)

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In the final Sandman tales from issues #70-75 of the acclaimed series, Morpheus makes the ultimate decision between change and death. As one journey for the Endless ends, another begins for the Lord of Dreams and his family. It's a wake in which friends and loved ones, relatives and rivals, fleeting lovers and immortal enemies gather to pay their respects and to mourn their loss.… (more)

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 Sandman: The Sandman Volume 10: The Wake13 unread / 13psutto, December 2013

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This didn't excite me. The story sort of shambled along and never quite got anywhere. Dream is dead, long live Dream. Is he dead? How can an idea die? Is he alive? Or is this really a new embodiment? Where did he come from? This is a book of transitions that don't transition. It seems to dilute the ending of the previous book and doesn't quite launch anything new. Skippable, unless you're a crazy fan of the rest of the series. ( )
  zot79 | Aug 20, 2023 |
I must preface that the writing below is very much stream of consciousness, and as Post-Completion as could be written. Thus, many of my thoughts have not fully digested. But nonetheless, I will document my initial reaction upon conclusion:

Well. I have completed the #1-#75 (vol 1-10) original run of The Sandman and....it is so incredibly bittersweet. One of the most wondrous bit of fiction I have ever read, and most definitely Gaiman at his finest. I know that it is not entirely the end; I have Endless Nights, Overture, Dream Hunters, and several other spin-offs--what joy! Yet I cannot bring myself to read them at the moment. I think I will sit with this story--this glorious story of stories, for the rest of the day--well, at least for the rest of the afternoon.

I felt such a connection to each and every character, and our guide, Morpheus, most of all. In the final issue, Shakespeare says he is reflected in each of his characters; and I believe in a recent interview for the Netflix adaptation, if I’m not mistaken, Gaiman had similar sentiments about Dream and the rest of his cast of characters. Anyways, I know I am not Writer nor Creator. But even as Reader I feel as if I was Morpheus. I was Hob and Delirium and Lucifer; I was Death and I was Rose. The depth and range of the human experience--soul-- that Gaiman revealed in this lovely feat of creation was astounding to behold. If I were perhaps more crafty--and of Greater Power--maybe I would find a way for every reread to feel like the first time; to relive its profound unfolding and its wistful closure--Oh, how I wish it! But I must persevere. The Tale will live on--in fact, it will bend and twist and change; it will branch off and evolve. But ever the phoenix, it will start anew; for don’t Great Stories always return to their original forms? ( )
  androgynoid | Jul 11, 2023 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:


Enjoy! ( )
  booklover3258 | Jul 2, 2023 |
The final book in the original run. It ties up a few loose ends, and satisfactorily concludes the story. My only complaint is the order in which they were presented and published. I would have preferred the the vignettes at the end had been moved to before the wake, and the series finished on that last panel of the wake. But I understand why it was done the way it was done. It was a writer saying goodbye to his work, and who am I to fault him for how he chooses do so? so? ( )
  evenlake | Jun 26, 2023 |
  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenVP-Executive Editor, Editor-Original Seriessecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilmore, MikalIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kahan, BobEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Muth, Jon J.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roeberg, ShellyEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vess, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DanielColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zulli, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This book is for Dave McKean, as a small token of thanks.
I do not know what Sandman would have been without Dave, as our public face - creating the covers, the typefaces, the design, all that - and my hardest critic.
It was a long, strange journey, and it was the better for having a friend by my side on the way.
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And it came to pass that a messenger was sent our to each member of the family.
Entropy and Optimism: the twin forces that make the universe go around.
I like the way colors taste. Except I don't like crimsons...or turquoises... especially when they put their heads into their shells and won't play, and when you break their shells to let them out, they die...
Thou look'st passing fair, milady, excepst thou manglest the Queen's good English and your tits are hanging out.
And then, fighting to stay asleep, wishing it would go on forever, sure that once the dream was over, it would never come back, ... you woke up.
I am prince of stories, Will, but I have no story of my own. Nor shall I ever.
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In the final Sandman tales from issues #70-75 of the acclaimed series, Morpheus makes the ultimate decision between change and death. As one journey for the Endless ends, another begins for the Lord of Dreams and his family. It's a wake in which friends and loved ones, relatives and rivals, fleeting lovers and immortal enemies gather to pay their respects and to mourn their loss.

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Collects "The Wake" parts 1-4, "Exiles" and "The Tempest," originally published in The Sandman #70-75.
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