The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (New Edition)

The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (New Edition)

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The Sandman, Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (New Edition) by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg

An occultist attempting to capture the physical embodiment of 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 to reclaim his reign. From there, one of the greatest series in the history of the graphic novel genre begins...

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman's transcendent series The Sandman is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in comics 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.

This graphic novel—a perfect jumping-on points for any reader—includes the introductions of Morpheus, Lucifer and The Endless, all intricate parts of this enduring series that is still as relevant today as ever.

Includes issues #1-8 of the original series with completely new coloring, approved by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401225759
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Series: Sandman Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 35,961
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods, and Stardust, (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) as well as the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.

Sam Kieth was born in 1963 and started his professional career when he was seventeen. Later on he sold some work to DC Comics and Marvel, where he illustrated Wolverine. In 1987 Kieth drew the first five issues of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and went on to create his own comic series called The Maxx, which was published by Image comics from 1993 until 1998. The success of the series spawned an award-winning cartoon on MTV, trading cards, a toy, and even some statues. This work is currently in print as graphic novels from DC's WildStorm imprint. Keith's recent work includes Wolverine/Hulk for Marvel Comics and Batman: Secrets and Scratch for DC Comics. He has also created several other creator-owned properties that have been published by WildStorm including Epicurus The Sage and Zero Girl.

Mike Dringenberg was born in Laon, France, and currently resides in Bountiful, Utah. His early comics work appeared in Eclipse's Enchanter, Alien Worlds, Total Eclipse, and Vortex's Kelvin Mace. When not drawing or painting, Mike swears he can be found "wandering through the desert kicking coyotes" and "watching the sun rise in the west."


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Jillbles More than 1 year ago
In the winter of 1993, during my freshman year of college, a friend - a FEMALE friend - recommended I pick up this graphic novel. I was skeptical; I mean, this was back in the days when it was still pretty unusual to see a girl in a comic shop. Up till then, the only comics I'd read were some of my brother's discarded Spidermans and the occasional Archie. But I respected and trusted this friend, and I had some Christmas money, so I figured... what the heck? This was during a boom in comics; most malls had a comic shop. So I wandered in, picked up this book without too many, "Oh, wow, it's a GIRL!" stares, and went home to read it. And then I read it again, immediately. Feverishly. And went back to the store the next day, and bought the second book. And did exactly the same thing, all over again. In 4 days, I'd blown all my gift money on the 4 existing graphic novels, and then... I was stuck! I was going to have to WAIT for issues to be released monthly! Aargh! I can't put into words how much I love these books. They're beautiful, and wondrous, and fantastic. They're also dark, and gritty, and a bit scary. I can say honestly that because of that friend, I found my favorite author, bar none. And I'm far from alone; just check how many followers he has on Twitter. ;-) These books are, primarily, fantasy. They take on theology, as well, so if you're easily offended by the idea of polytheism, or of powerful beings that predate even the gods, these aren't the books for you. Oh, and Lucifer Morningstar is in there, too, along with all the hordes of Hell. There is occasional graphic violence; they really mean the Mature rating. I know I haven't talked much about the contents of this volume; I wouldn't do them justice. The short, short version is, the incarnation of Dream is trapped by humans for a generation. This is the story of the consequences of that capture and subsequent escape. I don't know if the version being sold of this particular book for the Nook is the color-corrected version. The original release of Preludes and Nocturnes had some messed up coloring that I always knew was wrong but accepted anyway; the recent hardbound omnibus editions repaired this issue. My best advice to you is... buy it, of course. It's not exactly a light read, and it's very definitely not your standard comic book (though it's been a long time, and this comic was and is hailed as groundbreaking; "standard" comic books today are a lot more like this than they were back then. Superhero comics weren't exactly literature, back then. I don't think the graphic novel Arkham Asylum could've happened if it weren't for Sandman). This is a real book, and it will challenge you; it just happens to have pictures. I was an English Lit major and book snob back then; this was a hard thing for me to accept. But this is the good stuff. Just don't go into it expecting to only buy this book and walk away. ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started my incursion into the world of Sandman through a friend who is a little bit of a nut. He highly recommended the fourth installment of the series, Season of Mists and I was mesmerized. I decided to get start from story one and got Preludes and Nocturnes... it was a ride. It is a dark story, and a very original one. The literacy level on Gaiman's work is outstanding, and the few references to classic comic book characters brings some fresh air to a dark tale. It is masterfully crafted, and skillfully drawn. The story, the characters and the eeriness of the whole touches on horror sometimes, and will send a chill down your spine in more than one occasion. It will suck you into its world, and you are not going to resist it. Preludes and Nocturnes is in some ways like the Cenobites in Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Nightmare to some, dream to others.
rralexa More than 1 year ago
Honestly, be prepared to be taken places. You can visit upon the fanciful, the tragic, the grotesque, the hopeful and so much more. It's a series that is going to pull you in and sucker punch you and  reward you and untimely make you think. It will make a good gift for anyone looking for a thoughtful read. 
Anonymous 4 months ago
Great writing. Good art.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Translates to electronic media just fine
Anonymous 8 months ago
A masterpiece of writing and visuals, the combination of a great story and stunning visuals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest comic series ever written
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
He has finally escaped his imprisonment and now he needs to find his tools but who has them? He is the King of Dreams and without his tools, he is weak and powerless. In his weaken stage, he starts to gather what was once his so he can reign once again, in the world of dreams. I have to admit it took me a while to capture what was actually happening in this novel for I was lost by the chain of events and by the individuals in the panels. Why the events were happening and how these individuals were related are just a few of the questions that still puzzle my mind today, but knowing that this is a series, perhaps in the future, I will gain answers. As a recent Neil Gaiman fan, I received this graphic novel from my son for Christmas. It was a surprise as I hadn’t come across this one yet. On a happy note, my library carries many of the next editions of this series, so I can borrow them. In this novel, I enjoyed all the references to music that were scattered throughout the text. Symbolic to the events transpiring on the page, there was music playing on the jukebox, characters singing or thinking about a specific tune. This novel was not tame, there were parts of this novel that many might find disgusting but I appreciate a good horror novel so I enjoyed these startling, dark illustrations with the disturbing characters with their fantastic facial expressions. Printed on glossy paper, the bright illustrations told the story of a King who was determined to get his power back. What will the King of Dreams accomplish when he has all his tools back, I have no idea but that is another question that I pondered? I wondered also if he is mad at the individual(s) who trapped him or if he is mad at his brother who was supposed to be the one trapped? Will he retaliate for all the years that he lost? There are so many questions that I have. I know that I am not a great reader of graphic novels as I feel that I am extremely slow. I feel as if I am analyzing each frame, afraid that I am missing something, perhaps a clue, before I continue on to the next frame. I picked up book two of this series today at the library, I hope there are some answers inside it and not more questions. Neil, give me some answers!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Preludes & Nocturnes (Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III The Sandman series doesn't need much introduction at this point. Dream and his journey have become an iconic and canonical piece of comics history. I came to this book after hearing about it from friends and having it recommended very by one of my favorite security officers at my place of employ. Preludes & Nocturnes is a bind up of the first eight issues of The Sandman. It's also worth noting that it was published before Vertigo existed as an imprint and as a result things get a little weird. Everyone I knew who had read Preludes & Nocturnes told me to be kind and give the series at least until the end of this volume. Truth be told, it's a rough start to the series. Part of this is because the comic text is very small and the pages are very glossy. It's also just a really strange story. After being imprisoned for decades, Dream breaks out of his cell and goes on a quest to find his missing tools and reclaim his kingdom. This brings him to Hell where he negotiates with Lucifer Morningstar, to England where he works with John Constantine, and even to Gotham and the Justice League. Preludes & Nocturnes makes a lot more sense after reading the author's note from Gaiman at the end explaining his vision for each comic. It's also clearer in the final volume when Dream and his sister, Death, spend some time together that there is a set direction for the rest of the series. There's no way around the fact that Preludes & Nocturnes is a rough start to the series. It's strange and uneven and all over the place with tone and characters. But Dream is a fascinating character and the final story in this issue is enough to suggest that something really interesting is in store for dedicated readers. Comics readers and fantasy fans who have not read this series already should definitely check it out. (But I'll give you the advice everyone gave me: Make sure you commit to at least the end of this book before you make any decisions about how much of the series you'll be reading!)
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician (very much in the vein of Aleister Crowley) named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality. Dream bides his time for decades until Burgess dies. Afterwards, his son Alexander becomes Dream's new captor. Finally, in 1988, Alex's guards grow careless and the guards watching him fall asleep in his presence, allowing Dream to use the sand from their dream to his benefit. When the guards awake and break the seal Dream was in, he is then able to escape. Dream punishes Alex by cursing him to experience an unending series of nightmares. The rest of the story concerns Dream's quest to recover his totems of power, which were dispersed following his capture: a pouch of sand, a helm and a ruby. The pouch is being kept by a former girlfriend of John Constantine's. Once that is recovered, Dream travels to hell to regain the helm from a demon, where he incurs the wrath of Lucifer (an enmity that will have major repercussions later in the series). The ruby is in the possession of John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny, a supervillain from the Justice League of America series. He has warped and corrupted the ruby, rendering Dream unable to use it, and with it he nearly tears apart the Dreaming. However, thinking that it will kill Dream, Dee shatters the ruby, inadvertently releasing the power that Dream had stored in the ruby and restoring Dream to his full power. The collection ends with "The Sound of Her Wings", an epilogue to the first story-arc. This issue introduces a character who has become one of the series' most popular and prominent personalities: Dream's older sister Death. She is depicted as an attractive, down-to-earth young goth girl, very unlike the traditional personification of death, and spends the issue talking Dream out of his brief post-quest depression. This first volume contains eight stories revolving around Dream. Dream is also called Lord of Dream and Nightmare, Prince of Stories or Morpheus. I’m sure he’ll eventually be called Sandman, but not that I remember in this volume. Anyway, I went into this expecting Morpheus to be a bad guy, but he doesn’t seem to be. He’s one of the Endless, so I’m assuming he can’t be killed. Other than that I really have very little idea of what the hell is going on here. Basically, he was imprisoned, he escaped, he tracked down the tools of his trade and then hung out with his sister, Death. Not having read the comic books growing up, I’m not all that familiar with DC characters. However, this seems to be an interesting world. I look forward to more stories about Dream, who’s kinda cool looking, by the way. The artwork is really interesting and enjoyable. In this volume: 1. The Sleep of the Just ~ imprisonment and escape 2. Imperfect Hosts ~ heading home 3. Dream a Little Dream of Me ~ finding the pouch 4. A Hope in Hell ~ retrieving the helm 5. Passengers ~ the ruby is different 6. 24 Hours ~ waiting for Dream 7. Sound and Fury ~ battle for the ruby 8. The Sound of Her Wings ~ Dream and Death hanging out
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xbinkus More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop, and now it's done... can I read it like 80 more times now please?
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Could not put it down!
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Astral_Project More than 1 year ago
An excellent series for newcomers to the genre.