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The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1

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by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran
     
 
Written by Neil Gaiman, art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran, cover by Dave McKean.

The Sandman, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy

Overview

Written by Neil Gaiman, art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran, cover by Dave McKean.

The Sandman, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.

Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, The Absolute Sandman Vol. 1 collects issues #1-20 of The Sandman and features completely new coloring, approved by the author on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning The Sandman #19, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," together with reproductions of the issue's original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC President and Publisher Paul Levitz and an afterword by Gaiman.

Editorial Reviews

Dave Itzkoff
As a new collection, The Absolute Sandman: Volume One, demonstrates, many of the stylistic elements that would define Gaiman�s later fiction were well under his command two decades ago. In the first 20 issues of the series collected in this lavish hardcover edition, one can already see an author with a voracious appetite for literature and an accompanying taste for the occult, prone to frequent references to high and low culture, capable of rendering truly brutal acts of sadism, and fond of cats.
— The New York Times
Library Journal

In 1988, Gaiman began writing the series that was to make him a star in the fields of comics and fantasy: The Sandman. This first lavish (and heavy) oversized hardcover of four planned volumes reprints the first 20 issues, which were previously collected in trade paperback (Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll's House, and Dream Country). With artwork by cocreators Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, plus Colleen Doran, Charles Vess, and others, and improved coloring in the first 18 issues, this features the first appearances of Dream as he escapes after 70 years of captivity and moves to regain his power and dream kingdom. Also included is the World Fantasy Award-winning "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a tale of Shakespeare and the faery folk; the complete script and pencils form part of the 78-page appendix. Filled with wonder and strangeness, this dark fantasy for older teens and adults is one of the most celebrated comic series. Essential for every library, this "Absolute" edition is absolutely its best presentation yet.
—Steve Raiteri

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401210823
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Absolute Sandman Series, #1
Edition description:
Slipcase
Pages:
612
Sales rank:
179,181
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 15.60(h) x 2.30(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Coquette More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman is a fiction genius and a real wordsmith. These stories are for anyone who is looking for a great read. They are comics with enough story and heart to be seen as full novels.
mourne More than 1 year ago
Before laying my hands on Sandman I just didn't know that "comics" could be so wonderful. I had been a collector for many many years, and Spawn had been my favorite comic series since I first purchased issue #1 so many years ago. I used to prefer the detailed realism of the Spawn art work, but now I've come to appreciate the subtle minimalist approach seen in Sandman. It is much more surreal and seems to me now to be artistically superior. Aside from the art, the story line is about as complex as I've seen in any graphic novel. This series deals with poignant subjects and I often find myself thinking about what I've just read even after I'm finished. This piece definitely gives you plenty of food for thought and topics for discussion with others who have read it. Definitely a mature comic that deals with mature subject matter, I wouldn't recommend this for small children who might still believe in Santa. Thus far it is simply the very best graphic novel, or comic, that I've ever had the pleasure to read. From an eye towards both the writing and the art, Sandman is a masterpiece without equal. I have also recently read Watchmen, after the book coming heavily recommended by several friends of mine, and while Watchmen is exceedingly well done, I feel that Sandman blows it out of the water in terms of story, nuance, art, expression, poignancy...everything really. If you're thinking about reading Sandman, and are totally unfamiliar with the series, I say do yourself a favor and dive in as soon as possible. If you're already a fan there is little left for me to say except that this Absolute edition is wonderfully done and most certainly does the work justice. Now, I'm off to purchase the next tome in the series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know if anyone can possibly get more inventive than this. The series of the Sand Man is the definition of thinking out side the box. How someone can take the many Gods of myth, along with the Devil and angels of Christianity, and other characters from the bible, 'Cain and Able, were great characters in these stories' mix it all together with deities who were before all of them 'Dream, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Death etc' and create a story that connects them all and runs smoothly till the perfect ending is so amazing to me. Only Gaiman has done this so well and I recommend everyone checking this series out, for this will be a remembered classic in literature for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BUY IT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended, AWESOME
Corteo More than 1 year ago
The Sandman series of graphic novels is a display of one of the most fully realized mythologies in literary history. Neil Gaiman's work deserves to sit on a pedestal no further from JRR Tolkein than it should be from Homer. Some might look at the price and begin to inch away from this book. Though I can promise you that if you decide to buy this series "book by book," which I subsequently did, you will buy each one. Neil Gaiman writes like the best actors act. While some actors play off the archs of their own individual emotions, Neil Gaiman gets lost in his characters. These characters being: Dream, Destiny, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and at long last Death. I assure you, the soon to be reader, that if you read these books you will know these characters and feel for these characters just as much as you did for Hermione and Harry. One of the benefits of reading this series is that Neil Gaiman doesn't feel tied down to any one genre. While it is true most "comic books" tend to be written for 12 year old boys enjoying drawings of explosions, the work of Neil Gaiman is by turns funny, heart breaking, heart-stopping and is filled with it's own soul. I highly recommend Neil Gaiman's Sandman Series, not for being one of the best fantasy graphic novels of all time but one of the best novels of all time period.
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I rate B &amp; N a zero! I have not received the book yet! DO NOT order this unless you have a LONG time to wait for it. I am done ordering from this company online. This was a Christmas present, but I have no book to give.  I was given the runaround about my order, too. And I was told by a bookseller at the store that, get this,  the online store is &quot;a different company&quot; from the brick and mortar stores. Good luck if you order this. Inwish  I could get my money back and go to a comic book shop. At least they have products on the shelf!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delivery service and availability poor