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The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes

Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrators: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III
Originally Published: 1988-1989
This Version: 1995
Publisher: Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics

Preludes and NocturnesIn my quest to read as much of Gaiman’s stuff as I can, I borrowed this series from Shannon and Alan. So I have both this and American Gods on the go at the moment. Because I’ve discovered that you can’t read too much Gaiman. As I’m sure many others will agree.

Preludes & Nocturnes is the first collection in Gaiman’s Sandman comic book series (collecting the first eight comic books). He’s taken an older DC Comics character and completely reworked him for his series. In the beginning of Gaiman’s comics, the Sandman (Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams) is held captive by an occult group for 70 years. Once he is released and his desire for revenge sated, he realizes that his kingdom is suffering and he has lost three important effects – a pouch of sand, a helmet and a ruby. He must now go on a quest (that is really rather Heroes Quest-ish) to recover these three items to rebuild his kingdom.

There’s really not much for me to say other than if the rest of this series is this good, I am definitely going to get so much enjoyment out of the remaining nine volumes! It was so enjoyable, and Gaiman is a master storyteller. My only wish is that I had gotten into graphic novels and comic books earlier in life, because I feel like there’s so much I need to catch up on!

Will most likely be starting volume two immediately. Cannot wait!

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:30 pm June 17, 2009.
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  • Nymeth

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I think the rest of the series is actually much, much better! Happy reading :D

  • Memory

    As Nymeth says, the rest of the series is so much better! I’m sure you’ll have a great time with it.

  • Vega

    The Sandman is quite good — not my favourite graphic novels or stories, but definitely well written. So happens that I’m reading Stardust now, a great story so far!

    It’s never too late to start on graphic novels! =D I’m on a graphic novel reading challenge at the moment, that links to my reading list. I’ll review them eventually ;) Indeed, there are so many great illustrators and storytellers out there!

  • Kailana

    I didn’t like this book…. I really wish I could love Gaiman like everyone else. :(