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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 (4 (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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    Lucifer Book One by Mike Carey (Euryale)
    Euryale: A Sandman spin-off that's well worth reading on its own merits.
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What can i say? Gaiman's Sandman is never disappointing, i guess. I'm only headed to the fifth volume but it has been a 5 star ride so far. I think i specially liked this volume because we get to know a bit more of Lord Dream's personality. His display of power towards the demons, his ability for feeling mercy and even regret and fear are key points in this book that made me love Sandman even more.
The appearance of many mythological characters that we all know, make this volume a great read. I specially enjoyed Loki and what was happening to him before he travels to the Dream realm with Odin and Thor. And lets face it, Lucifer himself giving Dream the key of hell is a great start for a excellent story.

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  Leonardo_ | Oct 29, 2021 |
Dark, Funny,Morbid, Odd. Amazing. I will probably never have a bad word to say of Gaiman's Sandman. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
Though I've really enjoyed volumes two and three, this one, Season of Mists, blew me away. The absolute brilliance of the story ideas, the characters, and how it all rolled out and fell together under Gaiman's sure and steady hand? Amazing. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell: Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.

Wherein Lucifer (yes that Lucifer) is, after thousands of years, *done* with his job (yes that job) and decides to leave his keys to Dream to figure out what the Hell (heh) to do with.



It's quite a story, with all manner of mythological beings making all sorts of mythological deals to try to become the new rulers of Hell until--Deus ex machina eat your heart out.

Well written--as one would expect when it comes to Sandman and Gaiman--and worth the read.

More pretty pictures--potential spoilers be here:



A meeting of the Endless! Six of them at least. It's nice to get names and faces, as bizarre as they all are.

It's fascinsting just how different they all feel, with only a few panels of screentime. Perhaps because we know the ideals they embody (or do the ideals embody them)?



Heh. It's funny because Endless. And they don't begin, but a hint that they might very well end... And a callback to a mortal who is teh next best thing to a Friend of Dream.



Loki (and Thor even more) are so bizarre looking in this version. But about what you'd expect personalitywise. Great fun. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
In this volume of the Sandman, Gaiman picks up the threads of Morpheus's story once more; beginning with a not-so-pleasant family reunion at which Dream is confronted with the knowledge that he wronged a past lover by condemning her to Hell. The story moves quickly as Dream prepares to make the journey to Hell, where he finds that Lucifer has unexpectedly decided to close up shop and gifts Dream with the key.

I really don't know if Gaiman's works are ever going to be something that I enjoy, but I am finding myself compelled to continue reading the series. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
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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.
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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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