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review 2017-03-29 18:09
Not Quite as Good as Volume 1
The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country - Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Kelley Jones,Colleen Doran

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. 

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review 2017-03-29 15:39
Really Enjoyed This Prelude
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1) - Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Sam Kieth,Mike Dringenberg

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. 

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review 2017-03-12 23:00
Liked it for the Most Part, Some Panels Confusing
The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House - Clive Barker,Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Steve Parkhouse,Todd Klein,Chris Bachalo,Mike Dringenberg,Michael Zulli

So this is the great Sandman I have been hearing about for years. I liked it. But can't say I was blown away by it though. Probably because for the most part I found the colors muddled and it was hard to read sometimes what characters were saying. And when I had to turn the graphic novel sideways to continue reading it that got annoying. Since thought bubbles tended to go over their individual panels I sometimes read things out of order too and had to go back a few times.

 

I am going to have to read Volume 1 next though. My friend mistakenly told me this was the first one to start with, but I hate reading things out of order.

 

This starts off with an introduction by Clive Barker. And then Neil Gaiman takes over and from there we hear of Morpheus (the Sandman) and how he ended up entrapped. Then it transitions to an older African village and a father telling his son a story about a city made of glass. I loved the imagery it evoked and could picture the city in my mind, as well as the Queen, Nada. I will say though we get the beginning of Morpheus's cruelty when the story tells us sort of what happened to her when she refused to marry Morpheus. I wish we heard about her more in this volume, but my friend tells me we do hear of her again.

 

From there it is 'present day' with Morpheus trying to stop a vortex (Rose Walker). And Rose Walker is giving warnings about what is coming for her if she doesn't stay vigilant. The first few issues of Rose going back to the states to find her missing brother Jed were interesting. But once again here's where I got confused, how did she and her mother lose him? Also how the heck did Rose's grandmother just magically find them through investigators like that. I had a hard time with her mother letting her go while she stayed with Rose's grandmother, but I let that go.

 

Once Rose moves in and meets her new housemates I was just resigned to everyone being quirky. I wanted the story to get moving and found parts to be slow. Why I am glad I got a volume so I didn't read this issue by issue. 

 

I found things more smooth when we followed Morpheus around. I started to find myself bored by Rose. I didn't get the serial (cereal) killer guy at all (yes even after his reveal) and the eyes thing is going to haunt me.  

 

And the ending was kind of a cheat I thought. Don't ask me how that whole thing worked, but I guess Gaiman wanted a happy ending. This graphic novel hints at something larger with regards to Rose and her family, so I'm curious enough to keep reading.

 

 

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text 2017-03-12 15:38
Reading progress update: I've read 256 out of 256 pages.
The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House - Clive Barker,Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Steve Parkhouse,Todd Klein,Chris Bachalo,Mike Dringenberg,Michael Zulli

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text 2017-03-12 14:32
Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 256 pages.
The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll's House - Clive Barker,Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Steve Parkhouse,Todd Klein,Chris Bachalo,Mike Dringenberg,Michael Zulli

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