By Aritro Roy
Sandman vol. 1 through 5
Author – Neil Gaiman
Artists – Various
Publisher – Vertigo
I will not be reviewing single issues. There are just way too many of them. These first few issues were printed and published in 1989, I think. Remember “……till the sandman he coooommmmmmesssssssss”? Well, this that dude. The stories are pretty damn twisted. There are some small references to some of the worst taboos imaginable; this is not for the weak of heart. When it comes to graphic novels, the order you read the issues in really doesnt matter, but for Sandman, you do need to read the first issue. The one difference the first issue has with of the others is the later issues are single issues with a single story (Excluding spin-offs). The first one, Preludes and Nocturnes, is compiled of a few shorter stories.
Dream or The Sandman is captured by a man and is imprisoned for like 70 years and the first issues is basically the background of characters, places and ideas you will see often. The stories are structured beautifully. The artwork, I can see why some people might need some time to get used to it. First off, the it was first out in 1989, so I guess in some way, it does look a bit dated as compared some of the newer computer edited novels out there. Second off, the style of the drawings is not like your goody goody two shoes superheroes (Don’t get me wrong – I like me my dose of Batman), but these look grim and bleak. WTF do you expect. This guy is a god, trapped for 70 years in an oversized test-tube. Stripped of his pride and possessions, needs to go to hell and bargain with Lucifer……. do you really think he is not piss mad. There are lighter moments in and around as well. I like it when new ideas are explored. Ideas that are difficult to replicate by someone else without looking like a complete rip off. The Sandman series of book are exactly that.
Most the above information are more in relation to the first issue. These books can be pretty expensive and you cant exactly get them used either. One thing this book does that few people have been successful at; making death look bad ass and cool.