REVIEW : THE SANDMAN, VOL. 1: PRELUDES AND NOCTURNES BY NEIL GAIMAN
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I’d been wanting to read The Sandman for years and years and finally bought myself volume one this month! People always talk about it as one of the best comic books (or graphic novels I guess depending if you want to get snobby about it) of all time, that is literary as well as a fun read. Plus it’s Neil Gaiman!
This is the first volume so it takes a while to set up the story. Basically some shady devil-worshipping types decide to try to trap Death, but instead get the wrong member the family and trap Dream/Sandman/Morpheus (pick a name!) instead, and his has a disruptive effect on sleep across the world. The Sandman is impressed for almost a century, patiently waiting until his human captor dies of old age. Once free he is weakened and needs to regain three objects in which he had placed some of his power. One was held by John Constantine, one was taken by a demon in Hell and the Justice League of America had confiscated the third from Doctor Destiny who is locked up in Arkham Asylum. Although I know next to nothing about the DC Universe it was cool to find see it interlinked, as I really wasn’t expecting any connection.