Surprised at the lack of posts.
Honestly? When was the last time *any* thread in the Vertigo forum didn't crawl at a snail's pace?
Re-reading Sandman at the moment, what a fantastic series!
I have read the series 3-4 times and it never gets old. It has a balance to it that not many other series can pull off. Gaiman can juggle between all these different plots and sub plots while having stand alone stories that seem unimportant but when you look back everything comes together. It's a tapestry of brilliance that you just have to experience. The characters are actually really complex but still seem relatable in some way, after all the Endless are all based on things humans experience. The first time I read the series I wondered why he chose Dream as the main character, but he's able to do so many things by showing us this character from every possible angle. We get to see how people have interacted with him over the centuries. Sometimes he's loving and gentle, other times he can be vengeful and angry or just whiny and brooding. Basically, like a normal human being but with these amazing powers and the dreaming to look after. The artwork is phenomenal throughout, they did a great job matching each artist to the story they were doing. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but for me this was the first epic comic series I read and it will always be my favorite! Nothing Vertigo publishes these days can hold a candle to it IMHO
I think it's terrific and influential. Unwritten and Fables, I still don't enjoy those as much as I should because Sandman went there first and did it better. I wonder if the recolored box set is worth the cash? Love the Arcs, Brief Lives and Seasons of Mists. Cool and Scary, stylized art unlike any comics I'd read. I think Prez and the short story about a guy lost in a city sum up why it's so damn good. Also that story about the unfaithful husband an his daughter. If I had the dough, I'd get all the Absolute Editions. It's the Watchmen of Watchmens!
Just read & find out. It takes you away from the traditional capes & spandex & will open your mind thus taking you some where new.
The truth of the world is that it is chaotic. The truth is more frightening, nobody is in control. The world is rudderless.
I just finished reading the first volume (Preludes and Nocturnes) after researching and reading almost universally good reviews. It's definitely out of the ordinary, but that's partly what makes it so interesting. I particularly enjoyed his journey into Hell, and I hope we see more of that as the story progresses. I'll definitely be getting the next volumes, as I've heard it only gets better from here. Try it out, if anything I'm sure you'll be able to sell the book afterwards if you don't like it.
Consistently clever and engaging writing with some superb artists contributing in varied ways. An all time great for me, and I have been reading comics since about 1960
On the other hand, Sandman can be rather dense and I think the quality and originality decline in the second half of the run. I first tried reading Sandman when I was about 15 and quit after the first 2 trades because it wasn't exciting enough. Coming back to it at 25 I really appreciated it and found it to be the most intelligent graphic novels I'd read that wasn't written by Alan Moore. Be aware that you aren't going to like Sandman if you are seeking an action book. If all you have read is batman, I wouldn't necessarily suggest going straight to Sandman. Moving from only superheroes to Sandman would probably be pretty jarring. I would suggest something like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as a transition.
Last edited by DGag453; 06-30-2013 at 10:19 PM.
I have a backwards relationship to Sandman- it was the first American comic I ever properly bought (I lived in the UK at the time) and I started on issue 3- and loved the fact it seemed to be a proper horror title. As the series moved more and more towards fantasy I lost interest. It wasn't really the quality of the writing- Gaiman was always a cut above most writers- it was just the subject matter and style that lost me. Although it took me up to about issue 50 before I decided it wasn't for am anymore. But what's so great about it? The writing. The covers. Issue 6- 24 hours- still one of the nastiest and most brutal mainstream comic issues around, and one which even amongst the horror managed to give the characters some depth and life.
sandman was pretty groundbreaking at the time - i still love it (although i must admit preacher and the last man are the two long running vertigo projects i hold most dearly)
it had a very original tone and it influenced and affected the lives of many teenagers during the period of it's release
it's been printed all round the world and read by millions; this is a good indication of something you should at least give a read yourself
i've read it a few times through my life; as a teenager, again in my twenties and now in my mid 30's - each time i read i get something diferrent from it
as usual, a lot of comics (and films) can get dismissed when new readers come thru (dark knight returns just one of which i have read a lot of bile about on this very forum). so go into it with the mindset that this was very much an original product of it's time - as it may not seem as fresh now with other books since being influenced by it
It is a question of genre taste is all. It is a great series as an alternative to the traditional Superhero mindset. Bit dark, bit occultly, bit psychological, if you like the modern evolution of Batman as a tortured mind then you may well like this. If the classic Batman is more your cup of tea then less likely. The series IS erratic in quality so if you are looking to expand your reading maybe borrow or swap rather than invest to begin with.