The Sandman: Season of Mists - Book IV Hardcover – Mar 10 1999
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In many ways, Season of Mists is the pinnacle of the Sandman experience. After a brief intermission of four short stories (collected as Dream Country) Gaiman continued the story of the Dream King that he began in the first two volumes. Here in volume 4, we find out about the rest of Dream's Endless family (Desire, Despair, Destiny, Delirium, Death, and a seventh missing sibling). We find out the story behind Nada, Dream's first love, whom we met only in passing during Dream's visit to hell in the first book. When Dream goes back to hell to resolve unfinished business with Nada, he finds her missing along with all of the other dead souls. The answer to this mystery lies in Lucifer's most uncharacteristic decision--a delicious surprise.
There is something grandiose about this story, in which each chapter ends with such suspense and drive to read the next. This book is best summed up by a toast taken from the second chapter: "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." --Jim Pascoe --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Although the art was generally good, I found it a little off, at times. In particular, I didn't like the depiction of Dream or Death. I much better preferred how they appeared in Preludes and Nocturnes. To compound this problem, the text oftentimes had inconsistent images of both Dream and Death. I'm not sure why Dream sometimes appeared strikingly different in different cells on the same page, and I must say I found such occurrences distracting.
I have no complaints on the story, however. Gaiman raises the bar here, and deeply immerses the text with the various myths held by civilizations past and present. Gaiman is obviously very familiar with these themes; his firm control of the narrative and adept insertion of these various complicated mythologies provides the reader access to people and places no other graphic novel does. Further, only someone with as puckish a sense of humour as Gaiman could contrive a situation where the Norse God Thor would put the moves on the Egyptian cat Goddess, Bast. Thor appears to be quite the party animal, too: drinker, swearer and maker of rowdy jokes.
Like the other texts in the Sandman canon, I highly recommend Season of Mists. It is with this tome that Gaiman flaunts his 'literariness' and proves that comics are capable of high art, too.
Finally in a travel to the US I saw the entire Sandman series on a library, and I bought a couple of tomes, and after that i just couldn't stop reading Sandman's books. The story it's so intrigating and fascinating that after you read a chapter you want to know what's going to happen right away. That plus the Dave McKean's artwork makes it one of the best, ifnot the best, comic and book of his genre in the last dacades.
Maybe, there has been many exellent stories in the fiction style, but what Gaiman does it's admirable, not only 'cause of the creativity developed in the entire story, plus the variety of tales in the series, but also because of the workteam that participates, including remarkables inkers, drawers, painters?, and all kind of graphic artists.
So when you read the Sandman you're reading clearly not just another fiction story, but one of the best co-production in the fiction genre.
In Season of Mists, Sandman AKA Dream AKA Morpheus, the series' main character and the member of the Endless who controls the realm of dreams, ventures into Hell to free a former lover he condemned there thousands of years ago. When he arrives, he finds Lucifer preparing to abandon his post, evicting all of the damned and demons and locking the gates. He gives the key to Hell to Morpheus. Afterwards, a horde of deities, from Anubis to Odin, storm Morpheus' realm, called "the Dreaming," wanting to bargain for the key.
Gaiman's examination of the mythologies and religions of mankind is somehow admiring, thought-provoking and humorous at the same time. His use of characterization is marvelous and his sense of suspense is always second to none. Meanwhile, Mike Dringenberg, the artist of most the saga, creates marvels for the eyes with his portrayals of surreal settings such as Hell and the Dreaming. Although latter story archs would surpass it, Seasons of the Mist was a bold new step for Sandman and showed many of the traits that made it such a great series.
Simplified, the plot has Lord Morphus acquiring the key to Hell from the fallend angel, who has desided to quit his position. A parade of Gods, Deities and other mythological types visit to plead their case for acquiring this key piece of psychic real estate.
This is the most consistent (and arguably the best) volume in the series. It will have you scampering for the rest of the books as Gaimen crams so much backstory that one cannot fully appreciate what is happening without referring back to what has happened before. I recommend starting with volume 1 "Preludes and Nocturnes" before jumping ahead to this one and also having a good mythology book (I recommend the Dictionary of Ancient Dieties) at your side. There is alot of depth and fun in this one.
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Uhm...this guy is like really really good. Favorite book of the series. Thank you.Published on Oct. 23 2003
...While the first volume was easily the weakest, right next to "World's End." Still, any of these books are so much better than those Marvel superhero special FX fests... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003 by Daniel Lee
When I first read the book years ago I was completely blown away with the way things panned out in this chapter of the entire sandman series. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by domestic shopaholic
As with its predecessors, Season of Mists is intellectual, tinged with wry humor, old myths long forgotten, and even philosophy (though expertly hidden). Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001 by L. Morningstar
It begins with a family get togethar of the Endless. Then we have Dream going to Hell to rescue a lost love. Dream recieves the key to Hell. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2001
This book depicts the Dream going through various trials to free a former lover whom he is punishing in hell. This prompts Lucifer to flee hell, and he gives the key to Dream. Read morePublished on July 28 2001 by asdfasdfasdf
I was always intersted in reading Sandman but I never got around to picking up an issue. Finaly one day wile I was takeing a regular visit to my local library when "Sandman. Read morePublished on July 14 2001
I couldn`t really decide if I enjoyed this one very much. After a friend of mine told me about Sandman I started with "Brief Lives", which was a very good decision... Read morePublished on July 11 2001 by Nina