And so as all things must end, so too do the Endless.
After uncountable years, Dream of the Endless has died. Another Dream has risen to take up the mantle (as must be), but before, it’s time to say goodbye to the Dream we’ve all come to know over the last 10 volumes.
More than ever before, we’re seeing things from the past Sandman stories come back to haunt Dream. We have Lyta Hall and her baby (from way back in the beginning), Nuala of the Fae, and the Corinthian (man he’s creepy) all back and ready to wreck havoc (in wildly varied ways). And that ending… knowing there’s only one more book makes me really look forward to finishing this series, as weird as that sounds.
This time around, I think I’ll just start with the summary from Goodreads:
Take an apartment house, mix in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking > animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine, and the deadly Cuckoo. > Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth > installment of the Sandman series.
A bit of an odd one. Despite the series being named for Dream, herein we have a handful of mostly disconnected stories with Dream as only a minor character. They’re still absolutely fascinating and do give us a much deeper look at the world (both the analogue to our own world and the Dream). The second is especially funny, Dream as a cat. Sure. :D
Herein we get a bit more worldbuilding, seeing how Dream is taking back his world after decades of capture. For the most part, we deal with the fallout around a family of one of the women from Sandman 1 (the one who found herself pregnant), but there’s also a very well told story of a man granted immortality–on the condition that he checks up with Dream once every hundred years at the same old pub. Also a ‘Cereal’ convention (that took me longer than it should have). Of course.
It’s well written, beautifully (in the creepy sort of way at times) illustrated, and well worth the read. Onwards!
Sandman is often considered one of the best of the best when it comes to graphic novels and… for good reason. It’s very very good. It’s got immortal ‘anthropomorphic personifications’ (Dream is the main character, but we also get a bit of Death), a crazy deep/complicate mythos, dark and creepy imagery, and a wacky awesome storyline. Pretty much right up my alley. There’s little I could do better than the blurb on Goodreads:
In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain > for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 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.