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5.0 out of 5 stars The domain of dreams,
This review is from: The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1 (Hardcover)The world of comic books was a very different place before the Sandman came into being. Neil Gaiman revolutionized the graphic novel with "The Sandman," an exquisite story filled with shadowy realistic art and strange magical beings. Bringing together the first three volumes, "The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1" is one of those rare collections that tantalizes you with beauty and chills you to your core, all at the same time.
In "Preludes and Nocturnes," a group of occultists are attempting to summon and trap Death... but instead, they capture Dream and lock him in a glass orb. Decades pass, and countless people are locked in slumber -- unable to dream, unable to wake for long. One day, Dream escapes his prison and reenters the world, but loses the last of his power with his final act of revenge.
His Dreamworld palace has fallen into ruin, and his magical items have been scattered. To regain his power, he must get back his helm, his pouch of sand, and his dreamstone. His journey to regain them will take him across worlds -- to John Constantine and a woman destroyed by dreams, to the depths of Hell at a demonic club, and a ghastly madman who drives various people to depravity and death.
But his problems do not stop there -- in "The Doll's House," Dream discovers a dream vortex. That vortex is Rose Walker, the granddaughter of Unity Kinkaid (who has slept most of her life), who is searching for her imprisoned little brother. And even worse, some of Dream's creatures have escaped, and are wreaking havoc on the waking world.
And in "Dream Country," Gaiman tells us a quartet of haunting stories -- a cat seeking revenge who wanders into the Dream Country, a struggling writer who buys and rapes a muse, an elemental superheroine who longs to die, and Shakespeare performing his classic play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the court of Faerie.
The world of "The Sandman" is a strange one -- it lightly interlocks with other graphic novel series, effortlessly slips from one world to another, and exposes both the beauty and ugliness of our own world. "The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1" is an excellent introduction to Neil Gaiman's strange, expansive world -- as well as his hollow-eyed anti-hero.
And the artwork is sublime -- realistic in style, but often bizarre and a little frightening in theme. And despite the core colors being shadowy greys, whites and blacks, there are splashes of bright colors everywhere. Green fields, blue hallways, psychedelic skies, hallucinations filled with sickly pallid hues.
And Gaiman created one of his most iconic, complex characters in Dream -- his inhumanness is underlined by acts of great cruelty and kindness, and his sad, grim demeanor is more than a little touching. The author also spun up a very nonstereotypical version of Death. No robes, scythes or skeletal faces here. In fact, forget about anything sinister -- this version of Death is a delightfully quirky, perky goth chick.
As for this omnibus edition, it is absolutely gorgeous -- oversized, with gorgeous enhanced colors, strong fabric covers, a sturdy slipcase and some pencil sketches. It's not really one for casual reading, but for collectors.
"The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1" is a gorgeous rerelease of Neil Gaiman's classic series, but this would be nothing if the material were not so sublime. A delight for comic readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth It,
This review is from: The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1 (Hardcover)The Sandman series is one of te best comic book series I have read. Neil Gaiman is a fantastic writer. This series is definitly for mature readers. This is the first of four volumes and is a great bargain. The book itself is great quality, hardcover, oversized paged and most of the artwork has been recoloured. You also get many extras at the end such as picture galleries and you get to see how a story goes from idea to finished work. I would highly recommend this to any comic fan, and if you have never read a comic book before start with this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous,
This review is from: The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1 (Hardcover)This volume is gorgeous, and puts together the first three volumes of The Sandman collection. All the colouring has been redone from the original, and this brings out a lot more detail to the pictures. I found the story good for a graphic novel, but not "Alan Moore" amazing. A previous reviewer said that the short stories are much better than the overall story line, and in that I completely agree: The individual short stories are quirky, refreshing, and help in the character development of Dream and Death, but maybe because its only the first volume, gives but very little context to where this is going in general. Overall, a very good book, with amazing presentation, with the parts being very much better than the main story arc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best series out there!,
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This review is from: The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1 (Hardcover)This is the best series I've read, totally worth the price for the quality of the absolute. Great story lines and an awesome collection of illustrations!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Presentation..But be warned,
This review is from: The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1 (Hardcover)The oversized hadrcover edition is fantastic, but if you don't read the fine print you won't realize that this is just VOLUME ONE OF FOUR. I hope they spead out the releases enought so I can afford them.
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The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1 by Sam Kieth (Hardcover - Nov. 1 2006)
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