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I had a hard time with this graphic novel. Since this is the second book in the series, this novel takes right off where the first novel ended and I had no problem following the beginning of this story as Lucien is counting the arcana in the dreaming world for the Dream Lord. Lucien finds there are four major subjects missing and that there is a new vortex who happens to be girl. Dream is already aware of this new vortex as he has seen her watching them and her name is Rose. Rose has been in their dream world yet she is not aware of who these individuals are. Rose and her mom got free tickets to England and on their way, Rose has been napping, experiencing unique dreams that she cannot explain. When Rose arrives in England with her mother, they were whisked away to meet an elderly woman who is later revealed to be Rose’s grandmother. I am thinking something sinister is about to occur as Rose’s dreams are starting to become reality.
Then it happens…… the book becomes jumpy and I am not sure what really happened. Another storyline comes into play and I am thrown off. New characters come out of nowhere and I turn back the page to see if I missed something but there is nothing. I continue reading and again, I think I have stumbled into different characters and another storyline. Finally, I find Rose and she is somewhere different. She is in a hotel room, alone and she trying to locate her brother whom she hasn’t seen in years. New characters are added and I am following her story again but later, I am lost again. This was frustrating but I did continue reading, hoping it would all come together. In the end, it was hopeless for me. I did love some of the illustrations. These illustrations were bizarre, distorted and really unique. The characters looked lost to our world, dark and wanting out. What they meant I have no idea. I tried to picture walk this novel: trying to read the pictures to figure out the nature of the book but I got nothing. I’m throwing in the towel for this novel and the series. Why the stars? For the illustrations and the how the book came full circle.
He has finally escaped his imprisonment and now he needs to find his tools but who has them? He is the King of Dreams and without his tools, he is weak and powerless. In his weaken stage, he starts to gather what was once his so he can reign once again, in the world of dreams. I have to admit it took me a while to capture what was actually happening in this novel for I was lost by the chain of events and by the individuals in the panels. Why the events were happening and how these individuals were related are just a few of the questions that still puzzle my mind today, but knowing that this is a series, perhaps in the future, I will gain answers.
As a recent Neil Gaiman fan, I received this graphic novel from my son for Christmas. It was a surprise as I hadn’t come across this one yet. On a happy note, my library carries many of the next editions of this series, so I can borrow them. In this novel, I enjoyed all the references to music that were scattered throughout the text. Symbolic to the events transpiring on the page, there was music playing on the jukebox, characters singing or thinking about a specific tune. This novel was not tame, there were parts of this novel that many might find disgusting but I appreciate a good horror novel so I enjoyed these startling, dark illustrations with the disturbing characters with their fantastic facial expressions. Printed on glossy paper, the bright illustrations told the story of a King who was determined to get his power back. What will the King of Dreams accomplish when he has all his tools back, I have no idea but that is another question that I pondered? I wondered also if he is mad at the individual(s) who trapped him or if he is mad at his brother who was supposed to be the one trapped? Will he retaliate for all the years that he lost? There are so many questions that I have. I know that I am not a great reader of graphic novels as I feel that I am extremely slow. I feel as if I am analyzing each frame, afraid that I am missing something, perhaps a clue, before I continue on to the next frame. I picked up book two of this series today at the library, I hope there are some answers inside it and not more questions. Neil, give me some answers!
I did like this, but thought that it was a bit all over the place. I only really liked one issue and that was the one dealing with Death and the woman who was not a woman, Rainie. There seemed to be no connection between these issues and I thought that the issue ending on scripts of whatever for this volume was boring. I just skipped all over that.
"Calliope" was a great story and we find out more about this Muse and her relationship with Dream. I liked the idea of Dream having a son though what was being done to Calliope all in the name of writing was terrible. I think that the authors in that one got off way too easily. This story starts before Dream is imprisoned and then escapes.
"A Dream of a Thousand Cats" I think my cat would enjoy this story. I did like how we get to see Dream as a cat though. Still creeped me out with the all knowing look in his eyes.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Well this turned sinister as hell in a quick shake. We have seen the relationship between Dream and Shakespeare in volume 1 so I am going to assume he keeps showing up. It was an interesting idea that I will admit to being slightly bored a bit.
"Facade" so I had to look up the character of Rainie since I had no idea who the heck she was and what her deal was either. She's interesting, but what was really interesting to me is that she is thousands of years old and she really wants to die. She's sick of merely existing and having no true face anymore. I did laugh though when she goes to lunch with an old friend and her fake face mask falls into a plate of spaghetti. Rainie ends up meeting Death who talks to her about the end of all things which was actually moving. Great ending to this issue.
There really is not much to say besides how much I loved this graphic novel from beginning to end. I am glad that I just went and bought the first three novels. My library didn't have this copy, but also the one I read (volume 2) was much older and with these new editions I bought, I can see a lot easier while reading.
In "Preludes and Nocturnes" I get to see how Dream got locked away and how that impacted the world. I wish now that I had read this volume before volume 2 since now certain things seem really cruel (i.e. the whole thing with Nada).
Through a spell a group of people manage to imprison Dream (ie The Sandman) and eventually he is able to escape, but damage has been done. The world has dealt with a sleep sickness and Dream being locked away has actually affected more things than even he knows.
Volume 1 really just showcases Dream going forth and trying to find his sandbag, helmet, and a ruby.
We get to follow Dream as he meets with characters like John Constantine, Etrigan the Demon, Morningstar (Lucifer), his sister Death, and even characters from Batman via Arkham Asylum.
The writing was great though some parts of the book were gross (speaking of when John lays eyes on his ex-lover and he finds out what has became of her). We get to see that Dream can be cruel and also compassionate at times.
I really loved the colors and graphics in this one a lot. The story flowed perfectly from issue to issue to the end. I think my favorite part honestly was when Dream and Death went on a little tour.
I can see why this is such a favorite with so many people.