I read this collection on a recent road trip for a friend’s wedding. In the bits and pieces of downtime that I had, I would sit down and read a comic or two from this book. Despite my timid forays into the world of graphic novels and comics, I’m a big Neil Gaiman fan, so I was cautiously optimistic about my success with this book.
The Sandman story line follows Dream, a powerful being who is trapped for 70 long years when an occultist attempts to trap his sibling, Death. When Dream is finally freed, he must traverse the world (and other realms as well) in order to regain his power. The story touches on both mythology and superhero lore, and I would probably have gotten more out of these comics if I knew much about either of those things.
Some stories are graphic; others are sweeping; still others are almost touching. Many left me feeling unsettled and uncomfortable, but I always wanted to continue reading and see where the story went next. I don’t know much at all about comic book and graphic novel art, so I can’t say much about it one way or the other, but I found it very fitting to the story, as it’s dark and sharply drawn.
It took me a while to decide what I thought about these comics; in fact, I didn’t really come to a conclusion until I wrote this review. These comics are unsettling (as are many things that Neil Gaiman writes), but they are entertaining and interesting. Although I’m still not fully sold on the idea of comic books and graphic novels, these held my interest enough that I think I’ll continue the series.
Rating: Pretty Darn Good