NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that existbeyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dreaminstead. After his seventy-year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as 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. Thisbook also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death. Collects issues #1-8.
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Surpassed only by Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, this could be my favorite graphic novel of all-time. Grade: A+
The Sandman opened my mind up to a whole new world.
Violence and Misogyny
I'm a fan of classic graphic novels from the '80s and '90s. The Sandman has great art, but Neil Gaiman is a horrible writer whose default is sadism and gore. His misogyny is obvious and shameful. The violence towards, and torture of, female charicatures is grotesque.
My daughters love comics and graphic novels. But I was ashamed that they might stumble across this on my iPad. I deleted it, and Apple was kind enough to refund my money. Although it would probably only get PG-13 for blood and guts, it should be NC-17 for sexism and sadism.