Beyond the wall of sleep, past the Gates of Horn and Ivory, lies the rich and fertile land where stories are born. It is called the Dreamingand its own tale is about to take a dark and dangerous turn.
Daniel, the Lord of Dreams, has abandoned his kingdom, leaving its borders broken and bloody. Lucien, his faithful warden, can feel his own mind slipping away as the Dream King's realm decays around him. And the other residents of the Dreaming, from the monstrous and mercenary Dora to the gruff, unflappable Merv Pumpkinhead, are fighting among themselves to preserve what they can.
But the true nightmare is yet to come. From out of the black chest of retired nightmares emerges a forgotten menacean evil that has festered in solitary confinement for more than a century. With a hempen noose and an iron fist, Judge Gallows will bring his own brand of order to the Dreaming, remaking it in his own grim and gory image.
Unless Dream's legendary siblings, the Endless, step in to intervene...
From the imagination of New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, the pen of writer Simon Spurrier (Suicide Squad) and the hands of artist Bilquis Evely (Wonder Woman) comes The Dreaming Vol. 1: Pathways and Emanations, the first collection from Vertigo's all-new Sandman Universe family of titlesa fittingly fantastical return to the world of magic and mystery that changed the face of comics forever! Collects The Dreaming #1-6 and The Sandman Universe #1.
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About the Author
Si Spurrier is a seasoned comics and prose writer at both mainstream and independent publishers, in the US and UK (2000 AD). He has written for the Big Two (Suicide Squad, X-Men) and has several creator owned fantasy and sci-fi books at Image (Cry Havoc, Angelic). He made his DC Vertigo debut in January 2018 with Motherlands. His prose works range from the beatnik neurosis-noir of Contract to the occult whodunnit A Serpent Uncoiled via various franchise and genre-transgressing titles.Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in comics, and also writes books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. Gaiman's work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honored with four Hugos, two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, two British SF Awards, A British Fantasy Award, three Geffens, an International Horror Guild Award and two Mythopoeic Awards.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Overall, I enjoyed The Dreaming, Vol 1...it revisited some of the old Sandman nostalgia, but is definitely taking it into a new direction. I enjoyed meeting new characters, and revisiting old ones. The first volume in this series definitely introduces a lot of new mysteries, which I am excited to uncover with future releases. I feel like this comic borrowed a lot from the Preacher comics, in part, though, so some of the originality was lost on me. I am hoping that the overall, broad brushstrokes of mythology that is Gaiman's hallmark will be stamped into these comics via his association...but only time will tell. So far, pretty good.
The Dreaming Vol.1 shares the first 50 pages or so with the other stories in "The Sandman Universe" before the true story of the dreaming really becomes the focus of the story. Lord of Dreams is gone and in his absence the Dreaming is falling apart, cracking and breaking. A battle breaks out between the creatures of the Dreaming and monsters to rule all of the Dreaming. Strange and unexpected, the story is all over the place with the paranormal and myths. The art is perfect for the story and expresses the mood expertly. Creepy and weird for an enjoyably paranormal graphic novel. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** I enjoyed jumping back into the Sandman universe, it’s been a long while since I’ve read Sandman so I’d forgotten how utterly bizarre and magical the world of the dreaming and the characters there in are. If was fun seeing some old faces and the introduction of Dora I think was a great addition to the world. Her mystery was probably the best part of the book. The Dreaming Vol. 1 has you seeing the world falling apart, Lord Daniel has fled and it is having repercussions on the world. Merv makes questionable choices in light of the knowledge he gains, Lucien is having a rough time of it, Matthew the all knowing raven has some information to share, and Dora has decided she doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of her. A bit like a honey badger. A lot happens and is being set up for future storylines. There is another, god?!?, awakening in place of Daniels absence and another runs amok forcing control and order on the inhabitants that doesn’t fit the world at all. Judge Gallows was a bit over the top and not my favorite part of the book but I’m curious to see where this is going to all go.
I had very mixed feelings reading this. After reading previous graphic novels from the Sandman Universe, this wasn't what I expected. My interest just wasn't caught and it was difficult to focus on to complete. The art was beautiful, but it was often difficult to follow what was happening. Thank you to NetGalley, DC Entertainment, and Vertigo for providing me with an ARC.
I'm a fan of the Sandman and was very happy to get this ARC. The drawings are amazing and baroque, the plot is well written even if it's not always easy to follow. It's quite different from the original series but a very good one. I want to buy the hardcover because I simply adored the drawings. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.