In 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!