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The Sandman: Season of Mists (1992)

by Neil Gaiman

Other authors: Mark Dringenberg (Illustrator), Harlan Ellison (Introduction), Dick Giordano (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator), Kelley Jones (Illustrator)4 more, Steve Oliff (Colorist), George Pratt (Illustrator), P. Craig Russell (Illustrator), Matt Wagner (Illustrator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

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

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The fourth installment of Neil Gaiman's seminal series, THE SANDMAN VOL. 4: SEASON OF MISTS, celebrates its 30th anniversary with all all-new edition! 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.… (more)
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I recently read "Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists - 30th Anniversary Edition" by Neil Gaiman, and I really liked it. This graphic novel is part of the "Sandman" series, and it is well written with great artwork. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes graphic novels or the "Sandman" series. ( )
  Aristocats | Mar 23, 2024 |
In the Season of Mists, the Dream Lord deals with the succession of hell after Lucifer has quit his job. A great volume that introduces many concepts and ideas, and is also quite important if you ever consider reading the Lucifer spin-off... ( )
  adastra | Jan 15, 2024 |
This might be my favorite volume so far. Neil Gaiman thrives when he writes about mythology - Norse Mythology and American Gods are standouts. Here - he takes Western mythology for a spin - with Lucifer handing over the keys to hell to Dream. When Lucifer abdicates the throne of Hell, sending the damned back to earth, and turns the keys over to Dream. Dream doesn’t really want the property—he just wants to make amends with Nada - but a lot of other beings want hell, including demons, angels, fairies, and a ton of gods: Odin, Thor, Loki, Anubis, Bes, Bast, the Shinto storm god Susano-o-no-Mikoto, and the personifications of Order (a cardboard box carried by a genie) and Chaos (a little girl dressed like a clown). All the beings make their bid. One of these offers interests Dream greatly: a chance to rescue his lover Queen Nada from the consequences of his youthful anger. In the end, Dream goes with the choice that restores order, and what this order says about Western Christianity is horrifying.

And of course, in the end, Dream gets to reconcile with Nada. I still think he is a jerk for what he did to her but at least Nada has a chance at life again in the end. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
Season of Mists gives you a complete multi-issue storyline within a full and complex world. You're introduced to the heaven and hell, well mostly the hell, of the Endless universe. The hell concept presented is fascinating and examines the morality of humanity and the power of belief. The story itself takes a harder look at the somewhat ambiguous morality of the Morpheus. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Oct 13, 2023 |
A well-told, if (in the end) familiar, tale. What stands out is Gaiman's exquisite weaving together of multiple mythic traditions. ( )
  zot79 | Aug 20, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, NeilAuthorprimary 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
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DanielColoristsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
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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The fourth installment of Neil Gaiman's seminal series, THE SANDMAN VOL. 4: SEASON OF MISTS, celebrates its 30th anniversary with all all-new edition! 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.

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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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