Sandman : The Kindly Ones Volume 9 Paperback
by Neil Gaiman
A new edition of the classic title reprinting issues #57-69 of THE SANDMAN and "The Castle" from VERTIGO JAM, with pivotal events that laid the groundwork for the finale of THE SANDMAN.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 02/05/2012
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781401235451
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Review by GingerbreadMan
In this, the final book about Morpheus (conluding ”The Wake”, is after all, both an epilogue and a new beginning) the trap is slamming shut. Dream’s mercy killing of his own son makes him rightful pray for the ghastly furies (though don’t go calling them that!). Poor old Lyta sets them in motion, even though what she wants revenge for is something else. This book is the crescendo of a classic tragedy, full of violent ends for characters we’ve come to love over the course of the series, and the inevitable, relentless unwinding of the clock of the greek drama. It’s both ruthless and tender, this conclusion, with more than one gasp moment.It’s rather remarkable how Gaiman manages to bring the whole thing together in this ending, bringing back characters and storylines from the whole series, and leaving very few loose ends. Like the preface (which you sholud avoid if you haven’t read this book before, as it is more than the usual spoilfest), I find myself wondering if Gaiman had the whole thing mapped out from the start, or if he just has a knack for finding brilliant solutions as he goes along. It’s been quite a while since I read this volume, and in my reread, what really stands out for me is Nuala’s story, and her tragic role in the final chain of events - typically while she’s just trying to help. It’s powerful stuff, and this is the character I’m mostly curious about what happens to in the future. Dream’s relationship with her is also the point (well, along with how he feels and acts around Orpheus) where it’s most evident the change our pale hero has undergone during this series. Compare the story of Nada, who at the beginning of the big arc is condemned to hell for eterntiy for not loving Dream back, to the gentle respect he shows Nuala – who loves him with the same unrequited love – at the end, despite what it costs him. Dream, in all his broody pompousness, has learned something during this incarnation, no doubt.I konw some of you disagree, but for me this is also the first Sandman book where the art truly matches the storytelling. Marc Hempel’s bold, angular style takes a while to get used to, but is very effective in both expressing big emotions and emphasising moods. I like it a lot, and also smile a bit at the few cameos made by Hempel’s own loveable Gregory on coffee mugs and t-shirts.This is a straighter story than most other Sandman books. Which might be seen as a minus, since the fiddling with layers is one of the sereis perplexing strenghts. But on the other hand Gaiman is juggling about a zilion balls here, and manages to finish with an elegant bow anyway. Aweinspiring stuff!
Review by DeltaQueen50
Wow. I just finished The Sandman Volume 9: The Kindly Ones and my mind is still in a whirl. Don’t let the title fool you, this volume is one of the darkest yet. Except for the side story of Delirium searching for her lost dog which was charming, the rest of the book took us to the depths of Dreaming.Reviewing this volume is difficult without putting spoilers in, but rest assured that Neil Gaiman has brought his series full circle. This is the thickest volume in the series and the pace is exceedingly fast, but the chaotic story is both a nod to the past and a path to the future. Be ready to get reacquainted with just about every character that ever graced a Sandman tale. The way these characters are brought back and fit seamlessly into the story is incredible and a nice reward for those of us who have followed the story from the beginning. I felt that in this issue many threads from previous volumes were laced together but in true Gaiman style, there are still unanswered questions and avenues to explore. The Kindly Ones augments the legend and assures the reader that the dream continues.