Comic Book Wednesday: Sandman Volume 1

26 Jun

ImageThis #comicbookwednesday we’re looking at Neil Gaiman’s iconic Sandman series, specifically, Volume 1 Preludes and Nocturnes from Vertigo (DC’s spandex and cape averse imprint). My partner gifted this glorious volume to me nearly a decade ago and ten years prior (at Stormies Comics in Wheat Ridge, CO) I had picked up a copy of Gaiman’s Black Orchid, a story and world that I couldn’t quite get my head around (at 11 years old) because at the time I was more interested in spandex and capes, specifically Rogue, Storm and Jean Grey.

ImageThough I missed the serialized comics, Sandman Vol 1 revitalized my love of graphic narrative. Sam Keith’s illustrations are exquisite and McKean’s stylistic approach adds depth to Gaiman’s strange tale of immortal revenge set in a world of fiction and dream and superheros. It’s layered and borrows much from Shakespeare (who doesn’t?, especially Brits like Gaiman). Morpheus’ appearance is part impressionistic rendition of the author, with bits of the Cure’s Robert Smith. The first Volume includes issues 1-20. The hardback edition comes with a beautiful slip cover, black leather bound with glossy full-color pages. It’s heavy. You could practically kill someone with it or use if for a doorstop or drop it on your head and travel to the dream realm and meet Morpheus.

If you’re unsure about the world of comic books, this is the perfect entry point.

 

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