Sandman : Preludes & Nocturnes Volume 01, Paperback

Sandman : Preludes & Nocturnes Volume 01 Paperback

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Written by NEIL GAIMAN Art by SAM KIETH, MIKE DRINGENBERG & MALCOLM JONES III Cover by DAVE MCKEAN The first volume collecting Neil Gaiman's seminal horror series is available in a new edition featuring the improved production values and coloring from the Absolute Edition.

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, collecting issues #1-8, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps Death's younger brother Dream instead.

After his 70-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Morpheus goes on a quest for his lost objects of power.

On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine and an all-powerful madman.

This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings" which introduces the pragmatic, perky Death.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, colour illustrations, black & white line drawings, colour line drawings
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781401225759



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First book in the Sandman series.An occult rite brings back the wrong member of the Endless. Looking to capture Death, they bring back her brother Dream, who gets imprisoned for 70 years. Since Morpheus no longer walks the earth, people are condemned to a life of permanent wakefulness, never to sleep or never to wake from a dreamless sleep.Dream finally escapes after the death of his original captor, and weak (since no one has dreamt for so long, his world has collapsed). His tools - the bag of unlimited sand, his mask and his ruby - have been cast into the world and underworld and he needs to fight to get them back.Along the way you meet many characters from multiple universes, including John Constatine, Cain and Abel, Belzebub. Dr Dee is given the most attention, having escaped Arkham Asylum with Dream's ruby and using it to sow nightmares and terror.Winning, he feels at a loss as to what to do next, but spending time with his sister Death reminds him of what it means to be one of the Endless.......Iconic story, this isn't one of the comic stories you read as a child.

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Neil Gaiman is known for originality, and his work in the graphic series The Sandman is certainly testament to that. In this, the first instalment we can see how the beginning came about for this epic comic series. This dark and twisted tale of dreams and nightmares, features Morpheus, Lord of Dreams, and it is easy to recognize Gaiman’s familiar touch. The artwork of Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III bring this story to vivid life, and is truly the stuff that nightmares are made of.Originally released in 1987, this series is often seen as one of the finest in graphic storytelling. I note that Gaiman himself, does not consider this first volume his best work, as he felt he was still finding his feet in this art form. But the mix of mythology, fairy tales, and blurred reality is pure Gaiman and this early work is an indicator of the strong images he would go on to produce.It is difficult to write a review of such an established icon in the world of graphics, but I can say that this tale still weaves it’s magic and draws the reader into it’s fantastic world. One I hope to continue to discover in subsequent issues of The Sandman series.

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I’ve never been much of a comic book reader, but I do enjoy Neil Gaiman’s writing, so I decided to give The Sandman a try. I’m very glad I did! The premise is creative and the story compelling. I also like the artwork, but I’m afraid I haven’t read enough comic books to make any intelligent remarks on that front. What I can say is that this comic is not fluff - it makes you think. And it will chill you to your bones.I generally enjoy horror novels, but the the pairing of words and images gives The Sandman an inescapable immediacy that makes it much more disturbing than a regular novel. One issue in particular is so creepy that I’m surprised I didn’t have nightmares. (Mister Sandman, don’t bring me a dream…) Anything that can affect me so powerfully deserves five stars in my book. I’m looking forward to reading Vol. 2 as soon as I can get it from my library.

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This is the first collection of the legendary comic book series about Dream, the personification of dreams. In this story he his captured and held prisoner for 70 years, avenges himself on his captors, and sets forth to rebuild his kingdom. Gaiman's writing is dark and Dream is cruel but still at times a sympathetic protagonist. The illustrations are rich and often gruesome but always effective. It appears with the groundwork set in this volume that the series could really take off from here.

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Some time last year I realized, much to my dismay, that I hadn’t read a Neil Gaiman book in months. Right on top of that thought came the NEXT one which was this:There are MANY Neil Gaiman books that I haven’t read AT ALL, not even once.I knew immediately that this simply would not do. I’m sure you are all aware, as am I, that reading Neil Gaiman’s books will greatly increase your chances of success in the afterlife. This is a fact, children, and you can tell your mums and whatnot that Laura said so.I can’t remember the last time I read a graphic novel (which is really just a hoity-toity name for a fancy comic book- I don’t care WHAT you say). I know there was one I use to read, back in the day, when I was a wee tot but I’m pretty sure it was brightly colored and involved good guys killing bad guys. When I pledged myself (and the safety of my eternal soul) to reading all of Neil’s books, I unwittingly committed to reading his graphic novels, The Sandman series- which are NOT brightly colored but DO involve lots of different kinds of people, killing lots of different kinds of people.I procured a copy of The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes, which contains issues 1-8. I didn’t know what to expect from the series, or from a graphic novel in general so I was more than pleasantly surprised when I discovered that I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Don’t you just love that feeling when you’re reading something so good that it would take a VERY strong person prying it out of your hand while you’re repeatedly beating them over the head with their own leg, to take it away from you? You know you do.The story is about the king of dreams who is accidentally summoned by an evil wizard who was REALLY trying to summon Death (dumbass). Scared stupid, the wizard imprisons Dream for many years and loots his stuff. When Dream finally gets free, he sets off to retrieve the tools of his trade that have since been scattered hither and thither throughout the world(s). These first 8 issues follow him into the dream world, the human world and hell as he reclaims the items that hold his power.The artwork is absolutely amazing in parts and in others absolutely grotesque- like whenever they did a close up of Stimpy’s boogers. The images and imagery are incredibly dark, powerful and disturbing. 24 Hours (issue #6) was almost more than I could handle. It wasn’t until the last issue in the volume that I really got a Neil feel because it took him a little while to warm up. This being the first volume of the series and largely rumored to be the weakest, I can forgive him his stage fright.But I’m in, I’m hooked, I’m committed and Vol 2, The Doll’s House, should be here any day now.

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