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The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (1991)

by Neil Gaiman

Other authors: Robbie Busch (Colorist), Mike Dringenberg (Illustrator), Malcolm Jones III (Illustrator), Sam Kieth (Illustrator), Todd Klein (Letterer)2 more, Dave McKean (Cover artist), Danny Vozzo (Colorist)

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Series: The Sandman (01 (Issues 1-8)), The Sandman {1989-1996} (TPB, issues 1-8)

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that existbeyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dreaminstead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. Thisbook also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death. Collects issues #1-8.

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This is very much not a character driven story, which is why it was very hard for me to get into. Also the art style of this graphic novel is not exactly what I enjoy looking at, but overall I did enjoy it, just probably not as much as others did. ( )
  idkwhattodo | Apr 20, 2024 |
I am new to comics and graphic novels. I really like Neil Gaiman and Sandman is highly recommended by many so I bought the first collection of 8 comics. At first I thought: this is really not for me. I stopped reading for about a week.

I pressed on and got a little more interested but was pretty sure I wouldn't continue until I got to #8. A very, very different look and vibe from the first 7 and one I liked much more - enough for me to tackle Volume 2 before making a decision about this whole thing. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
A brilliant start into a brilliant series. In fact, it's a little bit like the entire series in one volume. Re-reading Sandman (especially after also reading the sequel-prequel Sandman: Overture) actually enhances the entire experience a lot. ( )
  adastra | Jan 15, 2024 |
This was so good! I loved [b:Stardust|16793|Stardust|Neil Gaiman|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1459127484l/16793._SY75_.jpg|3166179] and [b:Norse Mythology|37903770|Norse Mythology|Neil Gaiman|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1516128292l/37903770._SX50_.jpg|51396954], but I definitely wasn't prepared for this. I had no idea what I was getting into, and I was surprised at how engaged I was.

Horror (in this case, I guess horror/fantasy?) is not a genre I normally read. But Gaiman's writing is so masterful I knew this had to be good. And the art was so well done. I loved all the details. ( )
  Dances_with_Words | Jan 6, 2024 |
Preludes & Nocturnes (classified as The Sandman, volume 1: Preludes & Nocturnes) is the first trade paperback collection of the comic book series The Sandman, published by the DC Comics imprint Vertigo. It collects issues #1–8. It is written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III, colored by Robbie Busch and lettered by Todd Klein.

The first seven issues of this collection comprise the "More Than Rubies" storyline, which introduces Dream. The eighth issue, "The Sound of Her Wings", is a self-contained story that serves as an epilogue to the More Than Rubies plot and introduces the character Death. It was first issued in paperback in 1991, and later in hardback in 1995 and features an introduction by Paul Wilson.

Basically this volume shows Dream being resurrected, and restoring the land of dreams! While catching up with his sister, Death (who is a fan favorite). I found Preludes and Nocturnes to be mythic, dark and horrific, as well as transcendent. It is truly one of the greatest works in the graphic novel canon. And it is an intriguing mythos that is both apart of the DC Universe, yet something distinctly its own. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaiman, NeilAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Busch, RobbieColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dringenberg, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones III, MalcolmIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kieth, SamIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, ToddLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vozzo, DannyColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berger, KarenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lykkegaard, MortenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
"But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living ... for the price of wisdom is above rubies."

THE BOOK OF JOB, Chapter 28, verses 12, 13, 18

"D is for lots of things."

John Dee, All Fools' Day 1989
Dedication
For Dave Dickson: oldest friend.

Neil Gaiman

To my wife Kathy, my pal Tim, and
to everyone in jail.

Sam Kieth

To friends and lovers. To Sam, Malcolm, and Neil;
may your talents never dim. You made working
on this book an indescribable pleasure. To Karen,
Tom and Art (without whom this book would
not have been possible), thanks for the time and
your super-human patience. Special thanks to
Beth, Matte, Sigal, the incomparable Barbara
Brandt (a.k.a. Victoria), Rachel, Sean F., Shawn S.,
Mimi, Gigi, Heather, Yann, Brantski, Mai Li,
Berni Wrightson (for Cain & Abel) and,
as ever, to Cinamon.

Mike Dringenberg

To Little Malcolm.

Malcolm Jones III
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SANDMAN never lived up to my initial expectations.
--Introduction
Wake up, sir. We're here.
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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This is the comic collection. Do not combine with the audio adaptation.
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Comic and Graphic Books. Fiction. HTML:

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that existbeyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dreaminstead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. Thisbook also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death. Collects issues #1-8.

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Contains issues #1-8: Sleep of the just -- Imperfect hosts -- Dream a little dream of me -- A hope in hell -- Passengers -- 24 hours -- Sound and fury -- The sound of her wings
Haiku summary
Naughty Doctor Dee / Controls sleep with Dream's crystal / Awfulness ensues. (elahrairah)

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