Hardcover, 240 pages

English language

Published Nov. 30, 1998 by DC Comics.

ISBN:
978-1-56389-227-1
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4 stars (200 reviews)

Preludes and Nocturnes collects the first eight issues of The Sandman comic by Neil Gaiman published by DC Vertigo.

The series centers on Morpheus (Dream of the Endless). Dream is imprisoned for decades by an occultist seeking immortality.

Upon escaping, he must reclaim his objects of power while still in a weakened state, confronting an addict to his dream powder, the legions of Hell, and an all-powerful madman (Doctor Destiny) in the process.

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The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes

4 stars

Went back and re-read this after watching the Netflix series. I think I enjoyed it more this time as watching the show helps to clarify a few things in the story. An excellent read, particularly when you factor in that this may be the weakest book of the series. I say that also as someone who very rarely reads graphic novels.

Review of 'Preludes and Nocturnes' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This is probably controversial considering that Sandman is such a classic, but I just had a pretty hard time following the plot. I love Death annd Dream and the dream world, but I was confused and somewhat put off by there apparently being terrestrial superheroes in this universe? It's a traditional comic thing, I know, but not really for me.
On top of that, the latter half of the book about the central villain of this story arc was off-putting and disgusting to me. I liked the resolution, but would have liked the book much much more without any of that ark at all.

I think I'll still give the next one a try. We'll see if it focuses more on the things I loved or those I didn't.

Review of 'Preludes and Nocturnes' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

3.5 stars.

and so begins the Sandman marathon after binging the show. I have read nearly all of Gaiman's work so i'm surprised it took me til now to start this iconic comic. However, i think it was for the best, because the tv shows tweaks really improved how the story is introduced to a fresh audience, imo. The art was not really my taste, but that is coming from someone who gravitates towards contemporary series from pubs such as Image, so that is to be expected. nonetheless, i am excited to continue this series! I can tell we have only scraped the surface of understanding these complex characters (ESPECIALLY our protagonist, Morpheus.......cuz OOF).

Interesting start, but not completely sold yet.

3 stars

I've feel like I've heard forever about about how great this is. The first volume was fine, I guess! The foreword suggests that the first few issues are really figuring out what to be, and that series really finds its voice later. I'll read more and see how I get on. The last issue was by the most interesting, which is a good sign. (Now I just need to figure out how to find them.)

Review of 'The Sandman Vol. 1' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Everyone has high praise for Gaiman’s The Sandman, and I am here to join them—this first volume of his infamous series is phenomenal. I picked it up from the library months ago (thanks, infinite renewals, and apparently the fact that no one else in my city is willing to read this masterpiece), but finally picked it up as a distraction from my previous book. Though I don’t typically read comics or graphic novels, I was easily hooked. Some time ago, I read Gaiman’s book Stardust; in my edition, there was an included essay by Gaiman at the end which discussed his ideas about mythology, storytelling, and mythmaking. All of these themes are relevant to The Sandman, of course—and a dozen other themes.

Ostensibly, the story follows an anthropomorphic Dream, the ruler of Dreamland, who is imprisoned and whose artefacts are stolen by a strange Order. Gaiman …

Review of 'The Sandman' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Whenever I review a graphic novel I have to begin by mentioning I'm not much of an enthusiast for the genre. But this was on the giveaway shelf in my building's laundry room and Neil Gaiman is pretty famous so I figure I'd take a look.

As graphic novels go, this one's pretty decent. The story kept me interested, it has some fine vignettes, and the drawing is quite good.

I know I'm rating this low relative to what genre fans give it, but for me, for a graphic novel, this is me saying it's good for what it is.

Review of 'Preludes and Nocturnes' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Hmm... I admit that I found this collection to be rather unwieldy and quite disorienting. I was bored through a majority of it, but really enjoyed the artwork throughout. Interestingly enough, it's the final issue that I liked most and it's the one Gaiman himself says was the first to feel "right". So, despite my boredom, it finished strong enough to warrant continuing into volume 2.

Review of 'Preludes and Nocturnes' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Not all Graphic novels are comic books and these series is much more novel than graphic (though the art is amazing). I first read it in college and have been in love with the darkness of the characters and the mystery of the stories ever since.

The Sandman tells the tale of a family of personifications of archetypes. The title character is Dream, his sister is Death (I had a crush on her!), one brother is Fate. Each rolls through stories and into each other's lives as they help humans get through theirs (and receive help from humans too). It's a fairy tale but gripping.

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