Absolute Sandman : Vol 04 Hardback
by Neil Gaiman
Written by Neil Gaiman Art by Marc Hempel, D'Israeli, Glyn Dillon, Charles Vess, Dean Ormston, Teddy Kristiansen, Richard Case, Michael Zulli, Jon J Muth and Kevin Nowlan Cover by Dave McKean This final volume includes behind-the-scenes extras plus issues #57-75 and a story from VERTIGO JAM #1.
Don't miss the end of what Playboy called "a modern myth, as well as a precis on why the stories we tell matter so much." Advance-solicited; on sale November 5 - 608 pg, FC, $99.00 US - MATURE READERS
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 608 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 05/11/2008
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781401210854
Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews.
Review by elmyra
Brilliant conclusion to a brilliant series. The Absolute editions were well worth the money.
Review by SatansParakeet
I think this is the most challenging volume of Sandman. It gets pretty deep if you let it and does not have a light story over the top of the intellectualism. Still though, very much worth reading.
Review by AHS-Wolfy
This volume contains the longest story arc of the series, <i>The Kindly Ones</i> and the next arc, <i>The Wake</i> but starts with an extra story where a dreamer (you, perhaps?) gets a tour of <i>The Castle</i> (from Vertigo Jam #1). Guided by Lucien with interjections from a few of the more recognizable inhabitants of The Dreaming. Then follows the 13 episode story in which the Furies have a score to settle with Dream. Lots of the old story arcs are revisited here with many great characters returning to create an ending and leave enough hope for a new beginning. This hope is further enhanced with the 4 episodes of the wake which has everyone coming to terms with previous events and their continuance, or not, in the scheme of things. <i>Exiles</i> sees Dream encounter an old Chinese philosopher who's been sent away from his emperor for the misdeeds of his son. The volume closes with a revisit to William Shakespeare as he completes the second play promised to Dream and so produces <i>The Tempest</i>.Another excellent bunch of extra material follows which includes a Sandman timeline which goes through the major events from story pitch to the end of the stories published in this volume. Scripts (with thumbnails, pencils and promotional art) are provided for issue 57 (Kindly Ones Part 1) and issue 75 (The Tempest). There's also a couple of features on the collectibles that were made available over the course of this series' production (some of which I wouldn't mind owning). And finally the obligatory biographies of the people that made it happen.This won't go down as my favourite book, the artist's style for <i>The Kindly Ones</i> I don't think did the story justice but was excellent for <i>The Wake</i>. Oh! I really wish they'd put spoiler warnings in the introductions. Don't read this one if you don't know what's going to happen in the stories contained in this volume.
Review by ScoLgo
Just as great as the first three volumes.