The Sandman: Collected Editions reviewed by Confessor Dec 2, 2019 14:45:29 GMT -5 shaxper, coke & comics, and 5 more like this
Post by Confessor on Dec 2, 2019 14:45:29 GMT -5
So, back in August I began reading Neil Gaiman's landmark comic series The Sandman. It was a series that I had wanted to read for a long, long time...mostly due to things people here at the CCF had said about it over the years. But also, a comic reading buddy of mine, whose taste I trust implicitly, once told me that it was the best comic series he'd ever read. High praise indeed!
Initially, I started posting what were only supposed to be short, pocket reviews for each trade paperback over in the "What classic comics have you read lately?" thread. But these reviews ended up being much longer than I had intended, and, as a result, I began to regret not starting a dedicated review thread for the series. But then again, I guess I didn't know if I'd enjoy reading it enough to finish the series when I started it.
I have now read the first 5 volumes and I am definitely hooked. So, I've decided to expand further on the short reviews I had previously posted, add some pictures to them, and turn them into a dedicated Sandman review thread. Under normal circumstances, I would have reviewed this series issue-by-issue, as I did with my Star Wars review thread, but since the TPBs were the format that I encountered The Sandman in (and which I continue to buy) – and since Slam_Bradley tells me that The Sandman was one of the first comics that really took off in collected editions – it kinda makes sense to review the series like this, I think.
I will be reviewing all 10 TPB volumes, collecting the main 75 issue Vertigo Comics run. After that, I may be tempted to delve deeper into some of the spin-off series and other additional volumes, but we'll see. I make no promises other than reviewing the first 10 collected editions.
One last thing to say is that, unlike my other review threads, this is not a series that I know very well or, in fact, have ever read before. So, I'm hoping to learn a lot from fans here. Please feel free to chime in with your own contributions, or expand upon any of my points, or disagree with what I write, or offer alternative thoughts and interpretations to the opinions in my reviews.
All that I ask is...
PLEASE, DO NOT POST SPOILERS!!!
I am reading through this series for the first time and definitely do not want to be spoiled before the end. Thank you.
Shortcuts to the reviews
• Volume 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
• Volume 2: The Doll's House
• Volume 3: Dream Country
• Volume 4: Season of Mists
• Volume 5: A Game of You
• Volume 6: Fables & Reflections
• Volume 7: Brief Lives
• Volume 8: Worlds' End