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The Sandman: Season of Mists (1992)

by Neil Gaiman

Other authors: Karen Berger (Editor), Mark Dringenberg (Illustrator), Harlan Ellison (Introduction), Dick Giordano (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator)5 more, Kelley Jones (Illustrator), Steve Oliff (Colorist), George Pratt (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell (Illustrator), Matt Wagner (Illustrator)

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Series: The Sandman (04 (Issues 21-28)), The Sandman {1989-1996} (TPB, issues 21-28)

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"Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love--and Hell's ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy him."--Amazon.com.… (more)
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Gaiman crafts a solid fairy tale about Hell’s transfer of power after Lucifer, with a curious (and seemingly unrelated) story about a dying boy amongst the dead nested in the middle. Gaiman’s at his best when he’s in his eerie, ancient mythology vibe and that’s exemplified with this volume (not to mention this series as a whole). ( )
  bobbybslax | Dec 22, 2022 |
4.5 stars. I really love the stories in this series. They're full of Neil Gaimany goodness—the twisted imagination that knows no bounds and a flair for the humorous when you least expect it. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that I don't love the artwork. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
More cohesive plot than the previous two but still not as strong as the first ( )
  martialalex92 | Dec 10, 2022 |
I like these more and more every time I read one. This is one of my favorites so far. :) Love the Heaven and Hell stuff, and meeting all of the Endless. ( )
  Anniik | Nov 26, 2022 |
Mixed feelings about this one. The premise is great-- Lucifer decides he is tired of ruling the underworld and leaves the key to Hell to the Sandman. Disappointingly, not much of interest happens after that, just a lot of chapters detailing why various groups of beings want Hell for themselves and Morpheus is mostly passive in how he handles things. I would have liked to see what was happening outside in the world with all the dead coming back and the demons freed. I did like the chapter about the schoolboy who befriends a ghost. ( )
  serru | Oct 6, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, Neilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dringenberg, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giordano, DickIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones III, MalcolmIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, KelleyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oliff, SteveColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pratt, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, P. CraigIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wagner, MattIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kahan, BobEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DanielColoristsecondary authorsome 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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"Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love--and Hell's ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy him."--Amazon.com.

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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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