Enter Sandman Overture

Neil Gaiman The Sandman Overture
Neil Gaiman The Sandman  Endless Nights
Neil Gaiman The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes

A few weeks ago I stumbled into The Basement and talked shopped with the guys, it was a great time and I enjoyed jumping back into books I hadn’t read in a very long time. Among the books I noticed the ads for a new Sandman book and it immediately piqued my interest. Neil Gaiman’s work evokes a complete metaphysical world where the boundaries are thin and flexible, allowing for readers to instantly accept the characters in the story. The Endless are the personifications of forces, emotions and events that we all encounter in life: Death, Despair, Desire, Delirium, Destruction, Destiny and my main subject- The king of Dreams, Morpheus, The Sandman. I asked Pete and Ramon if they were interested in Sandman and to my surprise they both admitted to never have reading any of the books so I did what any good friend would do- Go get some books to bring them up to speed in time for the new book!

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Sandman Overture is going to deal with the events that occurred before Sandman 1 through 8 which originally released in 1988 and 89. In these issues Morpheus is captured by a black magic cult and imprisoned from 1916 to 1988. He escapes and must recover his artifacts to regain his power and restore order to all dreams. It features great art from Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, they both are able to portray Gaimain’s magical sc benarios into fantastic images and their styles seem to work well enough that I didn’t actually realize when Dringenberg had taken over completely for the final issues. Readers can get this in the first Sandman graphic novel The Sandman Preludes & Nocturnes. Which by the way I had a hell of a time tracking down! If you’re in New York City and want a copy grab one at Midtown Comics East since everywhere else I went didn’t have any copies.

The second book I want to mention is The Sandman Endless Nights a collection of short stories spotlighting each member of The Endless family. We are treated to a soldier’s return to Italy and his surreal childhood relationship to Death, a look at the very twisted psyche of Despair in Fifteen Portraits as well as a formal introduction to The Endless as a group in Dreams tale. Chronologically the events in this book happen at different times but two of them occur after the main Sandman series which ran for 75 issues. This is a perfect introduction to Sandman and his siblings. This book was also noted as being the very first hardcover graphic novel to ever appear on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller list.

Info on Sandman Overture isn't lacking, a google search easily brings up interviews and quotes concerning the plot of the book. It deals with what Sandman was doing that allowed him to be captured at the beginning of Preludes & Nocturnes. I would encourage readers to read the entire book or at the very least the first and last issue since they seem to relate to whatever is coming in Overture. I am being cryptic on purpose to avoid any spoilers for new readers.

I’m a big fan of the Sandman series and I’m hyped for this one. Sandman Overture is illustrated by JH Williams III and will be a 6 issue bi monthly book. Honestly, I really can’t wait I just might go and grab the second Sandman book while I wait!