The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

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by Neil Gaiman, DC Comics, Mike Drigenberg, Sam Kieth
     
 

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A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League,

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A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings" which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563890116
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Series:
Sandman Series, #1
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
17 - 18 Years

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Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (New Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of comic books for years, as well as other areas of literature. However I have never been able to be captivated by fantasy stories...until I read this first volume of Sandman. I still cannot believe just how GREAT THIS BOOK IS! The stories are outstanding, and the ART is beyond Outstanding! I reccomend this book for anyone who was like I was...always being told how good this series was, but for whatever reason kept waiting to read it. Believe me, after reading this first volume YOU WILL want to read more!
SleepDreamWrite 6 months ago
Interesting volume.
Jayhawknut More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman is at his best. A MUST BUY
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
I just finished my first graphic novel, Preludes and Nocturnes. It is the first volume in the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. There are several reasons why I decided to try this book. One of my groups is doing a seasonal challenge where we are asked to read books outside of our normal genres. One of the genres I chose was graphic novels, and since the last few books I have read were not that good, I thought a short one would help get me back into reading. Finally, I have a friend who LOVES graphic novels and she recommended this series as one of the best. Since I like Neil Gaiman's books, I thought I would give it a chance. The reason that I don't usually read graphic novels is because, for some reason, I find the "comic book" style format very hard to read. That still held true for this book, especially since the page flow was not consistent from page to page. At times the pages were configured in columns, some of them in rows, and still others in more creative formats. To me, that interferes with the flow of the story. Another interesting aspect of this book was the different fonts used for each character. At first that took some getting used to, just like the page formats, but in the end, I actually liked this. The separate fonts seemed to give each character their own voice. Negating the above, though, my difficulty with the format was more than overcome by the story. The beginning novel deals with the story of Dream and how he is trying to rebuild his life after being held captive for decades. I found the references to old comic book heroes, mythology and religion, and magic really helped the story develop. In addition, the characters were interesting, and just enough was revealed about them to leave you wanting more. One of the most fun things, too, was the inclusion of all of the Dream/Sandman themed songs from through out the years. What does it say about me that I was familiar with most of them? All in all, I am putting this one in the win column, and plan to continue the series and see how the story develops
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Rachett More than 1 year ago
I had heard of the Sandman comics before, but I had never heard enough of them to go out and buy them. I stumbled across this Volume One when I was surfing the B&N page and thought, since it contains several episodes from the comic, why not buy it and see what all the fuss was about? I didn't know what to think of it at first because the art was strange and felt more than a little old, but it seemed to get better as I read (or I just got used to it). The art work is erratic, at any rate, and always keeps you on edge with its shifting styles. As for the plot, it changes from volume to volume and, though some subjects may be a bit overused, the delivery is always original. There is nudity, violence, sexuality and "drug" use throughout the series -I would rate it at a light 'R'. It may also be offensive to Christians (the fourth volume deals almost exclusively with Lucifer evacuating Hell, Morpheus delegating over a meeting between people who want to buy Hell from him, and God sentencing two good angels to be lords of Hell in place of Lucifer, besides some other handling of Biblical "characters" in other volumes). This first volume is by far my favorite of the series.
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