The Sandman Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman
Preludes and Nocturnes

67%

6 Critic Reviews

This part of the story is effectively told by Gaiman, as the mission gives the story shape until Dream's character solidifies. The art varies from book to book, as it, too, struggles a bit to find a shape.
-Under the Radar

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his seventy-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. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings," which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.

Collecting issues #1-8, this new edition of PRELUDES & NOCTURNES features the improved production values and coloring from the Absolute Edition.

 

About Neil Gaiman

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NEIL GAIMAN is the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author of AMERICAN GODS and CORALINE, as well as the Vertigo/DC Comics series SANDMAN. His other books include the novels ANANSI BOYS, NEVERWHERE and STARDUST (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Awards as one of 2000's top ten adult novels for young adults) and the short fiction collections M IS FOR MAGIC, FRAGILE THINGS and SMOKE AND MIRRORS. With Roger Avary, he is the screenwriter of the motion picture BEOWULF (Paramount, November 2007), direct by Robert Zemeckis. His illustrated novel STARDUST was released as a major motion picture Summer 2007 starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. With Terry Pratchett, he is the author of the novel GOOD OMENS. He is also the author of the children's books THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS and THE DAY I TRADED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH. Among his many awards are the Eisner, Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker.
 
Published November 21, 2011 by Vertigo. 240 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Sandman Vol. 1
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LA Times

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Reviewed by Gerard Way on Jul 24 2008

Drawing upon folklore, mythology, mysticism and Shakespeare, Neil Gaiman created one of the most original comics of our time, using a very simple concept as a vessel for imaginative and thought-provoking stories.

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Book Geeks

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Reviewed by Erin Britton on Jan 04 2011

While Preludes and Nocturnes may not be the cream of The Sandman crop, it still features two excellent stories and would no doubt be considered the pinnacle of the story if they were featured in other, lesser series.

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Geeks of Doom

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on Jun 17 2008

There is something thoroughly enjoyable about sitting down to read a book, and not knowing exactly what you are going to get. Neil Gaiman has a tremendous habit of doing that to his readers, and The Sandman is a terrific example of this.

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The Celebrity Cafe

Above average
on May 22 2011

I must, however...say that the first volume of Sandman fell short of my expectations, even after repeat readings; it’s still a good book, but I’m not sure it represents the pinnacle of achievement in the comic book medium.

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Under the Radar

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Reviewed by Jim Scott on Jun 14 2010

This part of the story is effectively told by Gaiman, as the mission gives the story shape until Dream's character solidifies. The art varies from book to book, as it, too, struggles a bit to find a shape.

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Helium

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Reviewed by Elton Gahr on May 27 2009

...love the idea of art and story mixing together or simply like Neil Gaiman then give this graphic novel a chance and you will find that there is far more possible in the graphic novel format than you had previously believed.

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